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Lessons in Corporate Giving from the Maple Syrup Mafia

By Rory Green • February 23, 2015

I live and work in Vancouver BC. It’s a short, two hour flight from San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. Vancouver is experiencing a tech boom right now. Start-ups are everywhere you turn – they have been dubbed the “Maple Syrup Mafia”. Many companies, like Hootsuite and Plenty of Fish, …

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 …

In search of justification

By Paul Delbar • September 4, 2014

Reading Ken Burnett’s post on reciprocity left me, as most discussion on the subject do, with an awkward feeling about how this very familiar issue keeps popping up. I can’t say I answered requests for my services as eloquently as Ken did, but his examples bring back names and faces …

Are we asking for the right things?

By Tobin Aldrich • August 27, 2014

We all know what we want from companies, right? Cash, lots of it, for our fabulous and vital work. And because just about every charity in the world (apart from the likes of Greenpeace who are too pure to sully themselves in this way…) is wanting corporate $$, we charities …

Let’s go global…there’s gold in them hills

By Daryl Upsall • August 21, 2014

How many Fundraising Directors of national charities that have international programmes have been challenged by their CEO or board member to go out and raise funds in countries where their non-profit spends its money? How many times have moderately well informed (they have read the Economist) charity leaders asked why …

Win that Pitch

By Rob Woods • June 26, 2014

Seven Scarily-common Mistakes that Harm your Chances of Winning Valuable Partnerships
When several years ago, Alix Wooding and her then team at Alzheimer’s Society won the partnership (worth £7.5 million) with UK retailer Tesco, it was the second time her charity had won the Tesco partnership in a decade. For the …

By 2018 Some People Think Fundraising Should Happen For Free!

By Tony Elischer • June 19, 2014

In the UK 2014 maybe the year that we finally come out of recession, but like all economic changes it will take at least two years truly to filter through to fundraising results and impacts. When the recession started in September 2008 we braced ourselves for the ‘collapse’ of fundraising, …

Corporate people fundraising- new to you too?

By Damian Chapman • May 1, 2014

I was sat in Hyde Park the other day reading through the feedback notes from a fundraising development day I had recently, when I came across a note I had scribbled in the margins of a particularly boring section of notes. It read, “check the people”. It made no sense …

Branding: The next and final frontier

By Tony Elischer • December 12, 2013

The New Lexicon of Fundraising Part 8
“Love is friendship caught on fire.”  Northern Exposure
One of the core lessons of leadership and management is that people can only take so much change. So, on the basis that we have come to the last of an eight-part blog series to define a …

Quit with the gratitude

By Lucy Gower • November 4, 2013

I’m tired of hearing about the ‘economic crisis’ as a reason for not achieving fundraising targets. It’s what it is. It’s the new normal.
The charities that are achieving and exceeding targets today are the ones that accept this new normal and are responding to the needs of their supporters.
This is …