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Has fundraising moved forwards, or backwards, in the last 50 years? And where next?

By Giles Pegram • February 22, 2017

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Let me start with a short eulogy, then quote some of what I, and many others, believe are the wisest words ever said about fundraising, before leaving you with a question: How much of this is relevant now?
November 2016 marked the centenary of Harold Sumption’s birth. Harold was, without doubt, …

NEW research on fundraiser-donor relationships: What part of ‘broken’ don’t we understand?

By Paul Vanags • February 20, 2017

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A new piece of research from Birkbeck/LSE highlights major issues with the “broken” contract between donor and humanitarian NGOs such as Oxfam, Save the Children and others. It asks big questions of fundraisers and calls into question the whole basis of our relationship with the public and with our supporters. …

Resource mobilisation: the two most thrilling words I know

By Derek Humphries • February 15, 2017

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In an age of snappy slogans, it can be good to remind ourselves that the thrill of words should come from their meaning and not from their sound-bite superficiality.
This was brought home to me last month when I was in Delhi, India, as a volunteer organiser and speaker at The …

Should charities invest in fundraising rather than in stocks, shares and bonds? Or is this really the wrong question?

By Ken Burnett • February 13, 2017

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A better thought-through approach to investment could be hugely beneficial for both donors and charities. Arguably it’s their blinkered, inconsistent and confused approach to fundraising investment that has got charities and fundraising into their current pickle.
That one has to speculate to accumulate is, of course, simple economics. Charities need to …

Fundraisers, Meet the Millennials: The Top 3 Mistakes You’re Making

By Clay Boggess • February 9, 2017

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I got an Outlook invite to a “Millennial Pilot Project Brainstorming Session” once. For all the time spent stereotyping this generation, you’d think they wouldn’t have tried to cram so many buzzwords into one subject line; millennials are, after all, the post-Don-Drapers, the ones who see through the pandering, right?
“Millennial? Ooh, …

5 Big Fundraising Trends — Are You Prepared?

By Ellen Janssens • February 2, 2017

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The pace of change in our sector has never been greater. Social and technological trends bring new opportunities and threats. What are these trends and how can we, as non-profit and fundraising organisations, adapt to the continuously and ever more quickly changing reality?
New technological opportunities are arriving at an increasing …

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. …

Fundraisers in southern Africa facing tougher times

By Sarah Scarth • January 26, 2017

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A new year and, for most of us new, often bigger fundraising targets to achieve. Whilst mostly rewarding, the job of finding new donors and keeping current ones loyal is always challenging and made that much harder when the outlook on economic growth is predicted to be slow, and political …

What Does Your Digital Strategy Look Like?

By Eric Rardin • January 23, 2017

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Each organization has a unique approach to how it funds its digital strategy, builds digital teams, and sets its digital strategy goals. We want to know about it!
For the last two years, Care2, hjc, NTEN, and Resource Alliance have conducted a study that uncovers trends in digital approaches for fundraising, …

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 …