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Fundraising For Humans

By Simon Scriver • November 7, 2016

I remember volunteering for Childline.
Kids would phone, text or e-mail with all sorts of questions and stories – from horrific cases of abuse to completely nonsensical banter.
Many calls were pranks…groups of kids phoning up to tease us, mock us and attempt to get a rise out of us. No matter …

Should fundraisers be feeling fine?

By James Long • October 6, 2016

Ever heard the joke about the statistician who put his head in an oven, feet in a freezer and confidently claimed “On average, I feel fine”? It came to mind as I read the recent UK report from the NCVO, ‘Charities relationships with donors – a vision for a better …

What a strange weekend – all based on ignorance

By Richard Radcliffe • June 27, 2016

It is 10pm on Saturday evening. For the last six hours I have been celebrating a 50th birthday in our village. I am not sure how I am typing this.
Yesterday I went to visit one of my brothers – he has very recently survived mouth cancer. We had a great …

#HappyBirthdayYourMajesty #Orlando

By Rebecca Davies • June 15, 2016

On Sunday, Katharine (comms manager) and I represented Save the Children Canada at the Patron’s Lunch. The largest-ever street party on The Mall, The Royal Family made philanthropy and patronage a centrepiece of The Queen’s 90th birthday festivities.
It’s nearly always the fundraisers who throw the party, but at the Patron’s …

Please don’t cut and paste this

By Derek Humphries • May 31, 2016

Don’t read this blog. There’s a much better one over on Rogare by Joe Jenkins. Joe got me thinking about copying and originality. Here are 6 thoughts he triggered.
1. The changing nature of how we ‘learn to fundraise’: as a volunteer I help organise the International Fundraising Congress. It’s the …

Invest. Experience. Loyalty. Retention. Income. Repeat.

By Reinier Spruit • May 19, 2016

If you are able to keep your donors longer, you will raise more funds for your cause. Simple as that.
The simplest way I can explain it:
We invest in our staff and our fundraising programs. This should result in the best possible experience for both potential and existing donors. This influences …

Re-Thinking the Crisis in Fundraising

By Rebecca Davis • January 28, 2016

To mark the third anniversary of the publication of Underdeveloped: A National Study of the Challenges Facing Fundraising, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services has announced that it will soon release an Action Guide for nonprofit’s seeking to break the “vicious cycle” that results in a revolving door among development directors. According to …

I spy 5 fundraising trends in 2016

By Tom Ahern • January 11, 2016

Growth-oriented nonprofits will “discover” donor-centricity.

In the quest for improved revenues, charities will switch from so-called “corporate” communications (where the organization is the hero; it’s how you raise the least amount of money) in favor of donor-centered communications, where the focus is on the donor’s emotional gratification (it’s how you raise …

Fundraising ethics

By Ian MacQuillin • November 16, 2015

Think of some things that you would consider unethical for a fundraiser to do.
You probably came up with stuff such as putting pressure on donors, making them feel guilty, targeting vulnerable people, using shock advertising that doesn’t respect the dignity of beneficiaries, and not spending money on the purpose the …

We’ve learned from our mistakes and can repeat them exactly

By Charlie Hulme • September 28, 2015

Preview of a NEW IFC SESSION, led by you…
Nothing better sums up our sector than a line from a sketch by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore:
Dud: Would you say you’ve learned from your mistakes?
Pete: Oh certainly, certainly. I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat …