101fundraising archive of IFC-2015

Four Things from #IFC2015 That Will Help You be a Better Fundraiser

By Rory Green • October 29, 2015

The Resource Alliance’s International Fundraising Congress is hands down the best investment a fundraiser can make in their career and themselves. Every year, some of the best minds in fundraising gather in Noordwijk to elevate the sector. I had the privilege of attending this year and I came away with …

Look Outside

By Tony Elischer • October 15, 2015

One of my long term mantra’s has been to ‘use windows, not mirrors’, a simple way of reminding myself that truly to move forward, be in line with the market place and to have any hope of innovating, you have to focus on the outside world and not the internal …

Focus is power

By Rob Woods • October 12, 2015

‘Two weeks of my time, completely wasted!’ The frustration was evident on the face of the corporate fundraiser. She had been telling me she had known from the start that the partnership she’d been told to pitch for could never work, that it made absolutely no sense strategically. And yet …

The Diversity Crisis: Do Nonprofits Need Quotas?

By Rory Green • October 6, 2015

Look at your board and your leadership team…
How many are men?
How many are over 50?
How many are white?
If the answer is: “most of them” – you are leaving money on the table. Lots of money.
What if I told you that you are missing out on fundraising revenue by …

We’ve learned from our mistakes and can repeat them exactly

By Charlie Hulme • September 28, 2015

Preview of a NEW IFC SESSION, led by you…
Nothing better sums up our sector than a line from a sketch by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore:
Dud: Would you say you’ve learned from your mistakes?
Pete: Oh certainly, certainly. I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat …

The Power of Social Proof

By Bernard Ross • September 14, 2015

Omar Mahmoud, Chief of Market Knowledge at UNICEF International, and I are running a Big Room session at IFC on The Science of Decision Making and Behavioural Economics. We’d love to see you there.
The session will share some of the very latest thinking from the field of Behavioural Economics- as …

8 Recommendations to optimize F2F

By Daryl Upsall • September 10, 2015

Name two Austrian inventions that have gone global and engage with many 1000s of young people worldwide. OK, so you knew all about Red Bull and no doubt our younger readers here are using to keep their eyes open as they read this blog. What about the other invention then?
Twenty …

Blue Ocean Strategy – a new approach to strategy and an opportunity for fundraisers?

By Angela Cluff • August 20, 2015

Blue ocean strategy is an alternative way of approaching strategy that’s about creating new markets (a blue ocean) instead of competing in existing markets (a red ocean). This distinction is of fundamental importance to fundraisers for two compelling reasons: first ‘me too’ competition is a key concern in almost every …

How we destroyed our most important asset – and how we’ll mend it

By Charlie Hulme • August 13, 2015

Preview for IFC session by Charlie Hulme and Ken Burnett ‘How to make relationship fundraising work for you and your donors’
One of the biggest mistakes many in our sector are making in response to the media crisis is to blame the enemy. They forget this whole mess is the result …

Where is legacy fundraising going?

By Richard Radcliffe • July 23, 2015

108 people die every minute
That means during the IFC (if it is a typical three days) that 466,560 people will die. I hope I am not one of them. I also hope you are not one of them either – it would be good to debate this subject with you!
I …