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12 insights from the crystal ball: Get your fundraising ready for the future  

By Matthew Sherrington • January 30, 2017

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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. …

Making assumptions – a fast track for failure

By Lucy Gower • January 18, 2017

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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 …

From Rome, with love

By Francesco Ambrogetti • 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 …

Continuous donor choice: fundraising’s best opportunity in ages

By Jackie Fowler • 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 …

Asking the right questions

By Paul de Gregorio • 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 …

Feeling Good about Feelings, Facts and Fundraising

By Matthew Sherrington • 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 …

How Far Do I Want To Go With You?

By The Whiny Donor • 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 …

What are the Two Most Dangerous Assumptions in Fundraising?

By Charlie Hulme • 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 …

What a strange weekend – all based on ignorance

By Richard Radcliffe • 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 …

Thanking – my goodness it really works

By Joe Sutton • June 9, 2016

Donors like to be thanked and we like to thank donors. Don’t we?  Yes, particularly if it’s cheap and quick. Let me tell you what we did.  It was fairly cheap, not so quick, but rather simple. I also have some great evidence that it works for supporters. Hope and …