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IFC 2018 – The End of Fundraising as we know it

By Ellen Janssens • November 15, 2018

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It’s been a month since the IFC 2018 has ended. The danger is always to return to ‘business as usual’. However, more than ever this year indicated the start of a new era. Fundraising will have to change fundamentally. New technologies like blockchain introduce new ways of giving, and new …

How to collaborate successfully for greater impact

By Sarah Carter • October 9, 2018

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Managing one culture is tricky enough but what about when two or more organisations want to work together to achieve a shared outcome? How can they ensure their cultures work together for the benefit of the beneficiary rather than unwittingly competing against each other? Here Sarah Carter, Culture Consultant, explores …

Why getting together is good for fundraising

By Stephen George • June 16, 2018

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There was once a piano in the centre of the bar in the hotel where we gathered to share fundraising stories. As the night wore on, the crowd sang with gusto as the lone player took requests. Eventually as people left, it finally boiled down to just a hardy few, …

12 insights from the crystal ball: Get your fundraising ready for the future  

By Matthew Sherrington • January 30, 2017

Who’d have predicted the events of 2016? We’d all love a crystal ball to see what the next few years hold for us all. In relation to fundraising, here’s the next best thing.
In autumn last year I had the opportunity to interview several fundraising and sector leaders, across different disciplines. …

Making assumptions – a fast track for failure

By Lucy Gower • January 18, 2017

Have you ever, in your first few months of a new job, asked a question and been told, “That’s just the way we do things here”?
Have you ever been the person frantically multitasking to stay on top of things who responded to the keen newcomer, “That’s just the way …

From Rome, with love

By Francesco Ambrogetti • October 27, 2016

When you are going back to your own country after twenty years abroad, it’s like you have never been there. You have to re-learn many rules, customs and social norms. You have to reconnect with a past that is already future.
I thought having raised funds in so many markets and …

Continuous donor choice: fundraising’s best opportunity in ages

By Jackie Fowler • October 10, 2016

by Jackie Fowler, Ken Burnett and Tim Connor
This article has been written as part of the preparations for project 13 of the Commission on the Donor Experience, ‘Giving donors choices and managing preferences’.
In the UK, late September saw the publication of NCVO’s long awaited report, Charities’ relationships with donors: a …

Asking the right questions

By Paul de Gregorio • September 22, 2016

The theme of this year’s IFC conference is ‘Asking the Right Questions’.
As someone who spends most of his time working with UK charities I don’t think there has ever been a better time to pause, breathe and think about the things we can do to drive real change in the …

Feeling Good about Feelings, Facts and Fundraising

By Matthew Sherrington • September 12, 2016

“What the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow.”
– James Stephens, Poet, 1880 – 1950
When I was a kid coming to terms with the insignificance of self, it was the infinity of the big wide universe that was my un-doing. If, post-Big Bang, the universe was ever-expanding, what was it expanding …

How Far Do I Want To Go With You?

By The Whiny Donor • July 14, 2016

It’s a bit of a dance, really, isn’t it? A little pas de deux between donor and nonprofit: You take a step towards me, and I either step forward to meet you, or retreat.
For me as a donor, my conundrum is this: How far do I want to go with …