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In an era of change, our approach to return on investment must adapt

By Dominic Will • November 1, 2018

Return on Investment

At this year’s IFC, it was more apparent than ever that fundraisers across the globe are working hard to address the same fundamental questions. Have we got the fundraising model right and what needs to change to ensure fundraising is sustainable for the years ahead?
Yes, I hail from a little …

Could it be unethical not to ask for a sufficiently high gift?

By Ian MacQuillin • September 13, 2018

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As a fundraiser, who do you consider to be your most important stakeholder?
Think about it for a while.
Actually, you probably didn’t need to think about for very long at all.
You said donors, didn’t you?
Well, that’s hardly surprising. Most of fundraising’s professional practice puts donors at the heart of what fundraisers …

The problem with money

By Francesco Ambrogetti • July 19, 2018

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I think it is quite ironic that most nonprofits and fundraisers have so much trouble with money. The ways we consider the money we raise and the money we spend are still measured and defined by the old-fashioned rules of charitable activities. Charitable money is a gift, it is free; …

Give donors the respect they deserve

By Reinier Spruit • June 1, 2017

Many fundraisers are aware of relationship fundraising. Ken Burnett’s famous book Relationship Fundraising has opened many eyes over the last 25 years. There aren’t many fundraisers who haven’t read this book. However, its vision and core message have never been fully implemented in our sector.
The central theme in Burnett’s work …

How to fix face-to-face fundraising

By Charlie Hulme • February 6, 2017

This graph shows face-to-face attrition, in the first three months, for an enormous UK charity.
It’s more than likely a very familiar, and frustrating, image for you.
In fact, it’s so familiar that a recent and extensive research project on face-to-face fundraising was unable to find a single charity that had significantly …

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 …

Open Source Fundraising

By Rebecca Davies • December 19, 2016

2016 is ending not completely without marvel for me. Two great things happened last week. First, on December 16, the family of Canadian philanthropists Larry and Judy Tanenbaum donated $20 million to create the Tanenbaum Open Institute at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. Inspired by open science, these donors …

Make fundraising great again!

By Charlie Hulme • November 29, 2016

I’d be shocked if there were any, or many, Trump supporters among this community of fundraising hipsters. But how many otherwise great people inadvertently emulate him as fundraising practitioners?
What do I mean? Well, if I (as ‘the Donald’ is wont to do) let fly a barrage of sweeping generalisations about …

Are we managing a fundraising decline? Only if we let ourselves.

By Giles Pegram • November 10, 2016

“The Daily Mail is not inherently anti fundraising”, I recently and naively posted on a chat forum on Facebook.   The response was vigorous, and almost universally in disagreement.   I stand corrected.   But some of the language surprised me.
“Fundraising is currently being subjected to a concerted ideological attack by the state, …

Fundraising For Humans

By Simon Scriver • November 7, 2016

I remember volunteering for Childline.
Kids would phone, text or e-mail with all sorts of questions and stories – from horrific cases of abuse to completely nonsensical banter.
Many calls were pranks…groups of kids phoning up to tease us, mock us and attempt to get a rise out of us. No matter …