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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 …

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

By Dominic Will • November 1, 2018

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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 …

Why listening to beneficiaries is more than a moral obligation

By Sarah Carter • October 19, 2018

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Before we get going, let me just dwell briefly on that word ‘beneficiaries’. I wish there was another word, as it carries all kinds of implications of old-fashioned charity. What word do you use to describe the people who benefit from the work you do? I’d love to hear your …

How can fundraising thrive in Brazil?

By Mariana Chammas • July 12, 2018

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What is interesting about a country where the giving culture is still developing? A country with thousands of non-profits, many of them volunteer-based and some other trying to figure out the basics of fundraising? At the same time, a country where we can also find many of the big INGOs, …

A Privileged, Middle-Aged, White, Male Has Views on Diversity

By Derek Humphries • May 24, 2018

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I’m not even sure I should be doing this. And that’s part of the problem. You see, while it’s not at all hard for me to talk about diversity and inclusion, I do find it is hard to do so without getting the odd sneery comment about virtue signalling. Obviously, …

10 Key Characteristics of Top Performing Fundraising Directors

By Reinier Spruit • May 16, 2018

Fundraising Directors are crucial for success. This incredible mastermind, known as Head of Fundraising in some countries, is in control of a massive budget and responsible for providing the organisation with the resources to do what it is supposed to. If you know how complex fundraising management is, you also …

How’s your persecution complex? Mine’s doing fine, thanks.

By Sarah Clifton • May 10, 2018

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I’m lucky enough to work in an organisation (and a management team) where fundraising is seen as an essential aspect of our daily work and our shared responsibility as leaders – to serve more children and do more good. But when I made the step from ‘fundraiser’ to ‘management,’ I …

12 qualities of great charity fundraising platforms

By Arko Hoondert • December 11, 2017

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Companies like Amazon and Facebook are making online platforms impossible for NGOs to ignore. Organisations like Charity:Water, Heifer International and the National MS Society have peer-to-peer fundraising at the core of their business, and they’re doing phenomenal work.
But what is an online peer-to-peer fundraising platform actually? Is it a community? …

Thinking of investing in segmentation? Be careful of these common and costly mistakes

By Charlie Hulme • November 13, 2017

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Fundraising has never been easy. But it’s never been this hard. So, in an effort to fix the acquisition and retention problem, the sector’s looking for new/better ways to profile and segment prospects and supporters. But (with a handful of exceptions that I’ll share in the next post) no one’s …

What dirty tricks lie in wait for your fundraising behind these doors?

By Meg Gardner • October 30, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween! And while I know that it’s celebrated differently and has different origins and meanings throughout the world (where it’s even celebrated at all), I’m here in the US, and here it’s a whole lot about trick-or-treating. So let’s knock on a …