101fundraising archive of IFC-2014
• October 23, 2014
This year in Holland, fundraisers from around the world gathered to learn, connect, share and grow at the International Fundraising Conference (IFC).
It was my first time at IFC. After years of hearing how it was the best fundraising conference in the world, I had pretty high expectations. I can honestly …
• October 20, 2014
The best leaders I’ve had in my career have been surgeons, academics, arts administrators, software sales executives, and humanitarians. Most have been brilliant.
The fundraisers, by and large, have not.
Now, this could just be bad luck, and I have had a few exceptions to this, and know colleagues who’ve only had …
• October 16, 2014
As fundraisers we know rationally that people make decisions based on emotions, but how often do we acknowledge when this happens to us?
Yesterday I had a moment of fear as I stood on stage at IFC and looked out into the audience.
• October 13, 2014
Not going to IFC? See details below this post to watch Tony and Rory’s presentation via webinar!
With the emergence from recession of many countries (albeit slow and staggering for some) and many markets announcing reasonable steady growth in voluntary income, it may seem that the not-for-profit sector is in a …
• October 10, 2014
When the International Fundraising Conference opens on Wednesday in the Netherlands it will not only benefit attendees, it will send a signal on the power and importance of “curiosity.”
Folks spend a lot of money, time and travel hassle to get to the IFC. Unlike most local/national conferences they come not …
• October 8, 2014
“Oh no, no another post on retention” I can hear you crying…
Is it not something out of the Middle age of fundraising? Is it not really common sense?
A prompt acknowledgment and thank for the donation, a regular update on what the donation has helped to achieve (and don’t forget to …
• October 6, 2014
I grew up in that profoundly awkward era where we all had landlines and nobody had mobile phones. When I phoned a girl I was trying to woo it was paralysingly scary – one of her parents may well have answered and I’d have to deal with that.
That was bad…but …
• 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.
• September 29, 2014
There’s a question that many fundraising folk ask each other at this time of year. ‘Will I see you in Holland?’
Maybe it’s a testimony to the clout of the International Fundraising Congress that it’s become synonymous with a country (or maybe Holland is just shorter to say?) Either way, I …
• August 29, 2014
Last year a philanthropist approached me. He told me about the philanthropist community he started. With this he wants to inspire people to give more, and to help them achieve maximum impact with their gifts. The community consists of app. 100 active philanthropists (and growing), and supports its members to …