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Why listening to beneficiaries is more than a moral obligation

By Sarah Carter • October 19, 2018

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Before we get going, let me just dwell briefly on that word ‘beneficiaries’. I wish there was another word, as it carries all kinds of implications of old-fashioned charity. What word do you use to describe the people who benefit from the work you do? I’d love to hear your …

Could it be unethical not to ask for a sufficiently high gift?

By Ian MacQuillin • September 13, 2018

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As a fundraiser, who do you consider to be your most important stakeholder?
Think about it for a while.
Actually, you probably didn’t need to think about for very long at all.
You said donors, didn’t you?
Well, that’s hardly surprising. Most of fundraising’s professional practice puts donors at the heart of what fundraisers …

The problem with money

By Francesco Ambrogetti • July 19, 2018

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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

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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

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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 …

How’s your persecution complex? Mine’s doing fine, thanks.

By Sarah Clifton • May 10, 2018

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I’m lucky enough to work in an organisation (and a management team) where fundraising is seen as an essential aspect of our daily work and our shared responsibility as leaders – to serve more children and do more good. But when I made the step from ‘fundraiser’ to ‘management,’ I …

Integrated campaigning: throw away the best practices

By Rebecca Davies • May 27, 2011

Show me a fundraiser who thinks they’ve solved integrated campaigning and I’ll show you someone who whistles past the graveyard.
What exactly constitutes an integrated campaign, anyway? Is it simply having a landing page that looks a lot like your direct mail piece? And why do it? From a fundraisers’ perch, …

Samenwerken gaat de waarde van donateursadressen sterk verhogen

By Martijn de Boer • May 9, 2011

We mogen niet langer zomaar nieuwe donateurs en collectanten benaderen. We krijgen niet zomaar meer donateurs die bereid zijn ons doel te steunen. We kunnen er niet van uit gaan dat onze bestaande donateurs ons blijven steunen zoals we gewend zijn. Klinkt dat negatief? Ja, natuurlijk, maar we kunnen door …

For whom the bell tolls: helping donors find solidarity through unrestrict​ed giving

By Rebecca Davies • April 18, 2011

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee. – John Donne
There’s an interesting exchange happening right now between MSF Canada and our donors, a phenomenon I think would be interesting to fundraisers …