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• November 28, 2013
The New Lexicon of Fundraising: Part 6
Greek word: ‘philanthropos’ = Humanity loving
There has never been so much interest, focus or activity around what we have traditionally called ‘major donors’.The Sector has a new found confidence in this area and has realised that it can be approached flexibly and linked simply …
• November 18, 2013
It’s pretty much impossible to be a fundraiser these days and not be thinking an awful lot about retention. As a sector, we’re losing more donors than we’re bringing in, and it’s getting scary to think about where we might be in 10 or 20 years if this keeps up.
• November 7, 2013
The New Lexicon of Fundraising: Part 3
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.”
So having looked at the very core of our profession, fundraising, and the centre of our world, the donor, we now move down the slippery …
• October 30, 2013
The New Lexicon of Fundraising; Part 2
Change your words, change your mind, change your outlook, change your actions and change the world. In this second challenge piece on the words we use to describe our actions and profession I want to focus on the true ‘centre piece’ of our attentions …
• October 14, 2013
At the IFC this week I will be presenting a completely new session on changing your mind-set, changing your words and changing the way you think about fundraising. A powerful set of challenges to begin the journey of rethinking what we do.
We train, we read, we study, we connect, we …
• October 9, 2013
When on holiday recently in Iceland on a remote, deserted road I saw two sheep being hit by a truck. I stared aghast as one twitched and quivered in its death throes, paralysed on its back, the second, hind legs, pelvis and spine crushed by giant wheels, trying to drag …
• October 8, 2013
“Everybody who donates to our organization is a friend to us. We make no difference in how we treat our donors.” It’s about a year ago when Eveline Aendekerk, executive director of dance4life, said this to me. At first I thought she shared this as her ‘vision on fundraising’ to …
• October 7, 2013
There are statistics and numbers that stay on your mind for months and constantly challenge your assumptions. One of the numbers that keeps me awake at night (seriously!) is the ratio 6 vs. 59. Yes, you know, or you should know, this is the % of customer attrition in the …
• September 16, 2013
The one thing we didn’t guard well was the treasured book itself.
There’s a lot that I recall with affection from my first fundraising job. But one thing I remember particularly fondly – the good old guard book. And not just because its content was so valuable. I loved its name, …
• September 2, 2013
What’s not to like about our donors?
Sally Field is almost as famous for her 1985 Academy Award-acceptance speech for Places in the Heart as she is for her entire acting career: “I can’t deny the fact that you like me,” she gushed. “Right now, you like me.”
Flash forward to 2013 …