101fundraising archive of communication
• June 16, 2018
There was once a piano in the centre of the bar in the hotel where we gathered to share fundraising stories. As the night wore on, the crowd sang with gusto as the lone player took requests. Eventually as people left, it finally boiled down to just a hardy few, …
• January 30, 2017
Who’d have predicted the events of 2016? We’d all love a crystal ball to see what the next few years hold for us all. In relation to fundraising, here’s the next best thing.
In autumn last year I had the opportunity to interview several fundraising and sector leaders, across different disciplines. …
• 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 …
• October 27, 2016
When you are going back to your own country after twenty years abroad, it’s like you have never been there. You have to re-learn many rules, customs and social norms. You have to reconnect with a past that is already future.
I thought having raised funds in so many markets and …
• October 10, 2016
by Jackie Fowler, Ken Burnett and Tim Connor
This article has been written as part of the preparations for project 13 of the Commission on the Donor Experience, ‘Giving donors choices and managing preferences’.
In the UK, late September saw the publication of NCVO’s long awaited report, Charities’ relationships with donors: a …
• September 22, 2016
The theme of this year’s IFC conference is ‘Asking the Right Questions’.
As someone who spends most of his time working with UK charities I don’t think there has ever been a better time to pause, breathe and think about the things we can do to drive real change in the …
• September 12, 2016
“What the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow.”
– James Stephens, Poet, 1880 – 1950
When I was a kid coming to terms with the insignificance of self, it was the infinity of the big wide universe that was my un-doing. If, post-Big Bang, the universe was ever-expanding, what was it expanding …
• July 14, 2016
It’s a bit of a dance, really, isn’t it? A little pas de deux between donor and nonprofit: You take a step towards me, and I either step forward to meet you, or retreat.
For me as a donor, my conundrum is this: How far do I want to go with …
• July 11, 2016
Thinking the reasons why people give doesn’t matter
Thinking we know why people give
Assumption #1 is beyond redemption (you can’t fix stupid!) Thankfully although it still pervades a few of the bigger, aggressive, fundraising departments, it’s largely on its way out.
But the second is even more presumptuous. Its heart’s in …
• June 27, 2016
It is 10pm on Saturday evening. For the last six hours I have been celebrating a 50th birthday in our village. I am not sure how I am typing this.
Yesterday I went to visit one of my brothers – he has very recently survived mouth cancer. We had a great …