101fundraising archive of IFC-2014

My Top 5 Takeaways From the International Fundraising Congress

By Rory Green • October 23, 2014

This year in Holland, fundraisers from around the world gathered to learn, connect, share and grow at the International Fundraising Conference (IFC).
It was my first time at IFC.  After years of hearing how it was the best fundraising conference in the world, I had pretty high expectations. I can honestly …

Strong fundraisers, weak bosses?

By Rebecca Davies • October 20, 2014

The best leaders I’ve had in my career have been surgeons, academics, arts administrators, software sales executives, and humanitarians. Most have been brilliant.
The fundraisers, by and large, have not.
Now, this could just be bad luck, and I have had a few exceptions to this, and know colleagues who’ve only had …

Lets put the fear in fundraising

By Lucy Gower • October 16, 2014

As fundraisers we know rationally that people make decisions based on emotions, but how often do we acknowledge when this happens to us?
Yesterday I had a moment of fear as I stood on stage at IFC and looked out into the audience.

A Crisis in the making

By Tony Elischer • October 13, 2014

Not going to IFC? See details below this post to watch Tony and Rory’s presentation via webinar!
With the emergence from recession of many countries (albeit slow and staggering for some) and many markets announcing reasonable steady growth in voluntary income, it may seem that the not-for-profit sector is in a …

The Fundraising Power of Curiosity

By Roger Craver • October 10, 2014

When the International Fundraising Conference opens on Wednesday in the Netherlands it will not only benefit attendees, it will send a signal on the power and importance of “curiosity.”
Folks spend a lot of money, time and travel hassle to get to the IFC.  Unlike most local/national conferences they come not …

Is it me you’re looking for? The sad extinction of the donor sapiens

By Francesco Ambrogetti • October 8, 2014

“Oh no, no another post on retention”  I can hear you crying…
Is it  not something out of the Middle age of fundraising? Is it not really common sense?
A prompt acknowledgment and thank for the donation, a regular update on what the donation has helped to achieve (and don’t forget to …

The Wrong Numbers In Telephone Fundraising

By Simon Scriver • October 6, 2014

I grew up in that profoundly awkward era where we all had landlines and nobody had mobile phones. When I phoned a girl I was trying to woo it was paralysingly scary – one of her parents may well have answered and I’d have to deal with that.
That was bad…but …

Major donors and asking for a legacy: ‘It’s worth a go’ Or ‘It’s not worth the risk’

By Richard Radcliffe • October 2, 2014

Definition of WORTH
(with apologies to the Oxford English Dictionary for a few VERY minor changes – but only in the example sentences)
1: equivalent in value to the sum or item specified.
“A donation worth over €10,000 is defined as a major donation”
having income or property amounting to a specified sum.
“WOW …

Those three little words that mean so much…

By Derek Humphries • September 29, 2014

There’s a question that many fundraising folk ask each other at this time of year. ‘Will I see you in Holland?’
Maybe it’s a testimony to the clout of the International Fundraising Congress that it’s become synonymous with a country (or maybe Holland is just shorter to say?) Either way, I …

Major donor conversations made easy

By Vera Peerdeman • August 29, 2014

Last year a philanthropist approached me. He told me about the philanthropist community he started. With this he wants to inspire people to give more, and to help them achieve maximum impact with their gifts. The community consists of app. 100 active philanthropists (and growing), and supports its members to …