101fundraising archive of human resources

Fundraiser – you can be the difference: 4 tips to get started on the right track

By Wayne McKenzie • October 8, 2015

A friend of mine has spent three years working with refugees on the border of Turkey and Syria. Sometimes the challenges were overwhelming, 16 hour days for weeks on end, as the stream of people continued to surge. What difference can one person make? Yet she did. She is a …

How to nurture happy fundraisers

By Sarah Clifton • June 22, 2015

We have a unique profession, and one that very few of us plan to choose when we begin our careers. Many of us stumble on to a job as fundraisers, fall in love, and never look back. And because we are not only doing what we’re passionate about, but also …

Fundraisers: you need to be one to hire one

By Reinier Spruit • June 1, 2015

Some months ago someone asked me why I spend so much time preparing the right set of questions for an interview panel. I told him that we only have one chance of doing this right. We can cross our fingers and hope to choose the right fundraiser, but if we …

Silver bullets and cross stitch

By Lucy Gower • April 16, 2015

At every conference I have ever been to there has been a session called ‘the next big thing’ and delegates turn up expectantly hoping for a silver bullet that will give them all the answers.
Last week was no different, at e campaigning forum (ecf), digital campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers gathered …

Let’s start talking their language…

By Rachel Hunnybun • April 9, 2015

I haven’t always been a fundraiser, but having been in the sector for a while now. I have to admit, I love it. I love how much we share ideas and I love that even through we’re all in competition, we help each other out. It’s really refreshing.
What I find …

The brilliant, quirky fundraising career of Professor Denny Young

By Rebecca Davies • December 5, 2014

Our 101fundraising community has lately been blogging and talking a lot about fundraising leadership: the emerging and the stale, the breathtaking and the reprehensible. I now want to pivot the conversation from managing up to managing out: how do the best in our profession manage their own careers? Did/do they …

How to get your director to love you

By Hanneke Propitius • December 1, 2014

Let’s presume you have this great innovative idea for recruiting new donors and there is just one hurdle to overcome: a ‘final go’ on the extra budget from your director or management team. For some of us, this is a piece of cake. Your director understands fundraising, sees it as …

December “Glass Balls” for Major Gift Teams

By Karen Osborne • November 24, 2014

We all have to juggle responsibilities. News commentator Leslie Stahl admonishes us to identify our glass balls, those tasks that we cannot drop under any circumstances.  When those balls shatter, the consequences are either dire, or there is a ripple effect and other things come crashing down.
Here is my list …

Give or get out…of the profession that is!

By Daryl Upsall • November 20, 2014

I used to love the titles given to the IFC opening and closing CEO speeches at the IFC by my hero and fundraising guru and friend, George Smith. They were simply “Rant 1” and “Rant 2”. Though I will never achieve the wordy heights achieved by George here is my …

The Call for Leaders

By Margaux Smith • November 6, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership lately. Why’s that? Because, after four years of becoming pretty darn good at what I do, 2015 will bring with it the next big learning – in a few months, I’ll be getting my very first full-time direct report.
It may be surprising to …