101fundraising archive of legacies

British Fundraising Is in a Crisis – of Courage

By Sean Triner • April 7, 2016

As a fundraiser from the UK it  has been really upsetting for  me to watch how many UK fundraisers have been reacting to the negative press that is focused on charity fundraising.
Fundraising consultant Mark Lawson told me the charities’ reactions were mainly  “…lots of people saying ‘I told you so’ …

The people who made relationship fundraising work

By Derek Humphries • March 14, 2016

I’ve stayed out of the current relationship fundraising debate, a little unsure what to say that I haven’t said many times already in the past 20+ years. But I found myself wondering why hasn’t the world embraced relationship fundraising? The obvious answer is that no one has done a good …

Trust, Confidence and Impact

By Richard Radcliffe • December 10, 2015

Please turn yourself into your Grandmother. This might be hard if she is no longer with us. I only met one of my Grandmothers and she was run over and killed by a Rolls Royce in 1960. At least she went with style. Goodness, imagine being run over by an …

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 …

Trustees/Board Members: Best friends or worst enemies?

By Richard Radcliffe • February 12, 2015

Those responsible for the governance of non-profits are often our worst enemies when they could be our best friends.  (I am referring to volunteer leaders)
Let me quote a poem from a great British poet – Roger Mc Gough. It is a short poem:
I wanna be the leader
I wanna be the …

How Philanthropic are Fundraisers?

By Joe Matassino • November 26, 2014

“How can I ask others to give to a cause I believe in, if I do not give to it myself?” responded one fundraiser.
I give “to support the mission and to be a role model to other employees and donors…” responded another.
In Daryl Upsall’s ‘rant’ on 20 November, 2014 ‘Give …

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 …

What’s it like to be old? (By Richard Radcliffe, aged 60)

By Richard Radcliffe • June 10, 2014

When I say I am 60 (only just) I wonder what your reaction is? He bloody looks it? He should retire? Richard you still have one third of your life ahead do not stop now! Poor guy? Or, go for it Richard the best part of your life has only …

Are communications departments the enemy of fundraisers?

By Richard Radcliffe • January 13, 2014

Call me stupid, dear friends, call me stupid but I despair of some big charities. I am about to call communication departments of some large charities stupid and I think for very good reasons. PLEASE let me know if I am wrong. Tweet your views to your heart’s content: be …

What Does a Donor REALLY Mean To You?

By Tony Elischer • October 30, 2013

The New Lexicon of Fundraising; Part 2
Change your words, change your mind, change your outlook, change your actions and change the world. In this second challenge piece on the words we use to describe our actions and profession I want to focus on the true ‘centre piece’ of our attentions …