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The problem with money

By Francesco Ambrogetti • July 19, 2018

Wall Street

I think it is quite ironic that most nonprofits and fundraisers have so much trouble with money. The ways we consider the money we raise and the money we spend are still measured and defined by the old-fashioned rules of charitable activities. Charitable money is a gift, it is free; …

How can fundraising thrive in Brazil?

By Mariana Chammas • July 12, 2018

ABCR 7

What is interesting about a country where the giving culture is still developing? A country with thousands of non-profits, many of them volunteer-based and some other trying to figure out the basics of fundraising? At the same time, a country where we can also find many of the big INGOs, …

A Privileged, Middle-Aged, White, Male Has Views on Diversity

By Derek Humphries • May 24, 2018

Diversity (2)

I’m not even sure I should be doing this. And that’s part of the problem. You see, while it’s not at all hard for me to talk about diversity and inclusion, I do find it is hard to do so without getting the odd sneery comment about virtue signalling. Obviously, …

10 Key Characteristics of Top Performing Fundraising Directors

By Reinier Spruit • May 16, 2018

Fundraising Directors are crucial for success. This incredible mastermind, known as Head of Fundraising in some countries, is in control of a massive budget and responsible for providing the organisation with the resources to do what it is supposed to. If you know how complex fundraising management is, you also …

12 insights from the crystal ball: Get your fundraising ready for the future  

By Matthew Sherrington • January 30, 2017

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. …

What Does Your Digital Strategy Look Like?

By Eric Rardin • January 23, 2017

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, …

Thank you Wally!

By Reinier Spruit • December 8, 2016

Although I’m proud of my own 16 years in fundraising I am fully aware that I’m just a rookie compared to some old-timers out there. This post is a short tribute to one of the greatest fundraisers of his generation: Gerhard Wallmeyer, also known as Wally.
At the end of the …

Backs to the wall or Back to The Future?

By Toby Bourke • December 5, 2016

The Charity Sector is allowing itself to be bullied by the same media that championed Trump and Brexit. Our failure to mount a serious challenge to this agenda threatens to destroy decades of astonishing progress.
In October 2015, the small Dublin – based fundraising agency I ran was at the …

Changing fundraising. For good.

By Ken Burnett • November 24, 2016

Much has changed since the Commission on the Donor Experience was initiated in mid 2015. Early in the process Giles Pegram and Ken Burnett each set themselves the task of listing 10 things they’d most like to see change. Now, as completed projects (the CDE has 30+ of them, see …

Men in Fundraising: We have a problem. And it’s you.

By Matthew Sherrington • November 21, 2016

Only a few years ago a senior UK fundraiser was quoted in an article about staff development. He talked of getting his female staff mentors, to help them behave in a more ‘feminine’ way in their relationships at work and with donors. I’ve always remembered it, because I remember my …