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As the year draws to an end, I wanted to share one final reading round-up for you to enjoy. Before starting though, I have three announcements to share: What was your favourite fundraising campaign/appeal of 2016? Please comment with your suggestions or drop me an e-mail at craig@fundraisingdetective.com - I want to write an article for SOFII featuring the best appeals from around the world. The 2017 Scottish Fundraising Conference has a call for papers out. I've heard great feedback about this conference and the organising committee have big plans for 2017. My wife and I are currently crowdfunding for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Fundraising Detective
December is looming and time to share another reading round-up. Thanks for reading. Richard Turner attended the recent Justgiving awards and shares some of his favourite stories from the fundraising award winners. On 101 Fundraising, Matthew Sherrington reports on the recent survey in Fundraising magazine's Men and Women survey. The comments are also well worth a read. Lizzie Hollis' reflections on the survey are also worth a read. I've just bought Alex Ferguson's book on leadership (it was 99p on Kindle!), so was interested to read this article on the book and the idea of 'zooming out to lead' on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Fundraising Detective
Time for another reading round-up. Hope you enjoy the fine selection of articles below. If any of you are going to the IFC then I hope to see you there! In the meantime, happy fundraising... Rogare have been busy in the last month or so and their recent paper on ethical decision making in fundraising is worth a read. You can also check out commentary from the Agitator and thoughts on integrity from Ken Burnett. Also, Ian McQuillin published this two part blog asking if being a donor the same thing as being a consumer and then looking at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Fundraising Detective
At the recent IoF National Fundraising Convention a couple of people asked me 'where's the round-up gone?' The quick answer is time has beaten me, but I've resolved to get back to blogging at least monthly to the end of the year. This round-up will share the best of the convention and a couple of other things that have caught my eye this month. Thanks for reading and enjoy! Institute of Fundraising National Convention Round-Up I had a great three days at this year's convention and loved the Barbican at the new venue. I've collected some of the stories and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Fundraising Detective
Thanks for letting me know Jeremy. Have now updated the post.
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Apologies for the mistake. Have now amended the post to the correct name.
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I have the pleasure of hosting May's carnival and I chose the topic of 'leadership in fundraising'. I believe poor leadership is one of the biggest threats to our profession, so I was interested to see what stories and posts I would receive. I've been fortunate to work for some great leaders in my career. One of the most vivid lessons I was taught early in my career is neatly summed up in this Gaping Void image and associated post: Probably my favourite submission this month comes from Beth Ann Locke. She shares why her first non-profit boss was so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Fundraising Detective
I’m delighted to be hosting May’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival. With the presidential primaries well underway and the UK about to vote in the biggest referendum in a generation, leadership is a hot topic at the moment. I have been reading and thinking about the subject a lot recently and thought it would make for a great carnival topic. I strongly believe there is a leadership deficit in fundraising. The evidence of this? High staff turnover at nonprofits, a focus on short-term planning and results and a dearth of strategic thinking. Of course, there are brights spots and exceptions to this,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Fundraising Detective
Don't worry, I'm still alive! It's been a long time since my last round-up. I've decided to only include items from March onwards, so apologies for people who shared great content in February. Enjoy and fingers crossed I'll be back early May! Regulation and the proposed fundraising preference service (FPS) are still big topics of discussion. Here are a collection Jackie Fowler and Ken Burnett with a case study on Botton Village. They've been using FPS since 1986! Marg from the Fundraising Collective explains why the proposed service makes her head hurt. Giles Pegram looks at the relationship between fundraisers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Fundraising Detective
Hi James, a belated thanks for the comment. I'd love to know more about the work you've done at VSO and possibly doing a case study on your results if interested? Cheers for reading, Craig
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I wanted to share this article I recently wrote for the Rogare Critical Fundraising blog. These are my reflections on the recent review undertaken by Rogare. The original post has some interesting comments and, if you have any thoughts, I suggest you add them to the Rogare blog. I'd also recommend reading Ken Burnett's recent blog on the subject. Thanks for reading. Rogare’s recent review of Relationship Fundraising gives much food for thought for the sector. Importantly, it suggests topics for further exploration to help improve the standards of fundraising and raising more money for the causes we care about.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Fundraising Detective
It's been a busy start of the year, so this round up is long overdue! I've focused on posts from January and hope you find something of interest. Thanks for reading. I want to start with the review of relationship fundraising review by Adrian Sargeant, Jen Shang and Ian MacQuillin of fundraising think tank Rogare. You can download the four volumes from the project sponsor Pursuant . You can also read a summary of the key findings on the Rogare blog. I'll be blogging my thoughts on the review soon. In summary, I think there are some interesting insights for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Fundraising Detective
This weekend has seen another round of charity and fundraising bashing from the national press in the UK. That’s why this week’s Monday Morning Memo from Roy H. Williams (the Wizard of Ads) was such a welcome read this lunchtime. As the wizard himself explains… Branding – as it is taught today – will at best cause people to remember you and have a mild opinion. But unlike yesterday’s branding, today’s bonding is the beginning of relationship, the essence of loyalty and the foundation of community among human beings. Bonding, when done properly, makes people feel connected to you. It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Fundraising Detective
As Christmas and the New Year approach it is fair to say it has been a tough for UK fundraisers. Will 2015 be remembered as an annus horribilis and the mark of a decline in fundraising or as a watershed moment for our profession and a renaissance in how we raise funds? Time will tell, but we'll begin this time with further opinion on the new fundraising regulator in the UK and the proposed fundraising preference service. Like many fundraisers, I have been disappointed with the response of the Institute of Fundraising to the proposed regulation. It was good to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Fundraising Detective
I was delighted to receive a copy of Lucy Gower’s new book the innovation workout. I’ve known Lucy for a number of years and in my previous role she ran a training session on innovation for my team. Therefore I was looking forward to reading the book and seeing Lucy’s expertise in written form. Fortunately the book lived up to the high standards I expected. Here is my full review, along with a special offer from Lucy at the end of the article. Book review: the innovation workout Innovation is an over-used and often misunderstood concept within charities and fundraising... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Fundraising Detective
I've recently had the pleasure of spending a week in Japan working with Amnesty International fundraisers from across Asia-Pacific. It was fascinating learning about fundraising in that part of the world and hearing about the challenges they face. It means it has been a bit longer than planned since my last round-up and I have limited it to stories and articles from October. Enjoy. I want to start this week with Adrian Sargeant's latest piece of research on donor satisfaction and his related conclusion that the proposed Fundraising Preference Service is a bad idea. It is also worth reading the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Fundraising Detective
It's been longer than I would like since my last round-up, so time for a bumper edition. There's lots of great articles for you to enjoy below. Thanks for reading. Ken Burnett had six minutes to defend fundraising on Radio 4. What would you say? Read about Ken's experience and thoughts in his latest blog. (Fund) Raising Voices takes a look at major giving trends in the UK. On 101 Fundraising Rachel Hunnybun describes a special thanking event for donors who had increased their gift and the subsequent impact on income. The Veritus Group on letting go of the fear.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at Fundraising Detective
Summer holidays have delayed the publication of my latest round-up, so today's is a bumper edition. Happy reading! Lots of good blogs at 101 Fundraising Richard Turner says 'Vive la fundraising revolution!' Rachel Beer: When less can be more. Matthew Sherrington unearths some fundraising advice from the late, great Harold Sumption. Look forward to seeing the full pamphlet on SOFII! Angela Cluff takes a look at blue ocean strategy (one of my favourite strategy books). Two of my favourite fundraising writers share their thoughts on UK fundraising. Charlie Hulme asks who is going to save fundraising? And Giles Pegram wants... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Fundraising Detective
Another week, another round of soul searching by fundraisers. There's been a lot of hot air, but also some insightful and stimulating commentary. Let's hope we can use this insight to improve our great profession. If you haven't already done so then please get involved with the current Institute of Fundraising consultation and complete their survey asking for evidence. Let's begin this week with some of the analysis and response to the current crisis: Richard Turner explains why the solution is simple. Margaret from the Fundraising Collective discusses whether the current crisis is a threat or opportunity? Stephen George urges... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Fundraising Detective
Hi Adrian, thanks for commenting. If only we were all rational in the traditional economic sense! Would be interested to know more about the survival analysis and loyalty. Are you planning to update some of your findings from the early 00s? Will be interesting to see how, as a profession, we tackle the current crisis...
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Thanks James. I'd hope over a five year period that charities were achieving closer to to 2.5-3:1. 1:6 to one is only around 10% per year compounded and inflation would make it barely worth doing!
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Thanks Richard. Good point about legacies. Will be interesting to monitor over the next few years to see if this is a trend that gathers speed.
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Hi Kevin, completely agree with the points you make. Who is going to make the break and try and establish a more 'luxury' giving brand? Cheers Craig
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Thanks Mark. I know we share many of the same opinions about this. The big question is: who is going to step up and try to implement some of the suggestions you made in your IoF talk?
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Hi Karl, thanks for commenting. The evidence above would seem to back up what the comment made by the senior fundraiser. The big question is how do we reverse this trend? Would be fascinated to see what your dataset shows. Especially if you are able to look at individual giving income. I hadn't thought about the rise of CICs, which is a really interesting point. I'm convinced if we can't improve as a profession then there will be others who step in to take our place.
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