Transformational Leadership

Here at the International Fundraising consultancy (IFC) we believe that fundraising is a passionate, caring and critically important profession that has a love for building a better world; but it requires excellence in leadership to transform fundraising departments to allow them to transform charities and other social organisations across the world. Transformational leadership is not merely […]

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Engaging Trustees in Fundraising

As consultants, often helping charities to run large capital appeals, one of our critical tasks is to successfully solicit the trustees help and over the years our advice has evolved into clear steps. To any fundraiser, I would say that having the trustees actively on your side is vital to achieving your goals, especially if […]

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Stuck in an annual appeal dead end?

From Is annual giving something you take down from the attic once a year? Somewhere along the line, annual giving – the support an organization needs each year to operate – turned into “the one time a year we expect donors to give”. So organizations get...

IFC Chair Joins Fundraising Now Line-Up

IFC Chair, John Baguley, will be joining IFC CEO, Bill King in the line-up of speakers at the Directory for Social Change’s Fundraising Now conference on 28-29 November at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA. Fundraising Now aims to help fundraisers bring in the funding their charities need to thrive in the services they deliver. […]

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Funding News: National Lottery Awards for All England

Did you know that the National Lottery has a quick and simple way for voluntary and community organisations in England to get small grants of between £300 and £10,000? You can apply for a National Lottery Awards for All grant to support what matters to people and communities if your organisation is a: voluntary or […]

Are you doing email right?

From Who remembers life without email? It’s easy to take for granted. But we have access to marvelous free or inexpensive tools that put email communications in every organization’s toolbox. The ease of use, and the proliferation of beautiful templates –...

Funding News: £10,000 Grants for Cultural and Creative Organisations

Not-for-profit and commercial creative and cultural organisations can apply for up to £10,000 worth of funding and mentoring support to develop a digital idea that addresses a social challenge and produces a social benefit. Nesta, the UK Foundation for Innovation is inviting applications for projects that are seeking to develop digital ideas that generate social impact. […]

Why is it so damned hard to say thank you?

From We spend a lot of time thinking about how to raise more money. We labor over the appeal: the language, the images, the right ask. And then, too often, we treat the thank you as an afterthought. It’s really not that hard to write a good, emotional...

October First Friday: Milan

Calling fundraisers and communicators in Milan…join IFC Italy on Friday 5th October 2018 for the next free First Friday fundraising advice session. October’s First Friday session will focus on: Building Bridges Between Profit, Non-Profit and Beyond, and is aimed at those with a responsibility for or interest in fundraising and communications within their charity. The […]

Why data is the key to beautiful donor relationships

From Think data is dull? Too often, data isn’t given the weight it deserves in our fundraising programs. Buy the cheapest donor management system. Give data entry to the intern. Just tell me the bottom line; I don’t have to understand how to run...

Is Your Fundraising Director on the Top Table?

Top Table, taking place on Wednesday 17th October, is IFC’s networking breakfast for Directors of Fundraising. It is an opportunity for fundraising managers to meet together, and discuss the issues that affect them, while sharing a light breakfast, and stunning views over London from the top of the Gherkin. There are only ever two things […]

Fundraising Now 28-29 November 2018

The Directory for Social Change is running its Fundraising Now conference on 28-29 November in London, which aims to help you bring in the funding your charity needs to thrive in the service it delivers. Your donors are the lifeblood of your charity – Fundraising Now focusses on how to best connect with them using the […]

IFC Netherlands’ Team Grows

We are delighted to welcome two new associates to IFC Netherlands, Jemini Shah and Twyla Jenner. Jemini is a qualified, multi-skilled fundraiser with over 10 years’ experience, specialising in event management, community and corporate fundraising within the non-profit sector. Having worked in both local and national charities in the UK, some of Jemini’s notable achievements include […]

First Friday Comes to India

IFC’s First Friday fundraising advice sessions will be launched in India this Friday, 7th September 2018. Kicking off the first session, IFC India Director, Jim De, will be holding a general session offering fundraising advice, knowledge and networking opportunities. The cost of the session, which will take place at the India International Centre, New Delhi […]

Funding News: £2million Fund Open to Youth Loneliness Projects

New funding is available to eligible charities and community organisations across England working to tackle youth loneliness. Up to £80,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand is available to expand or enhance their work with young people. Funding, delivered by the Co-op Foundation, is available for projects that support any groups of young people […]

New Course: Beyond Profit – Moving Career to Not-Profit Sector

Do you like your job? Do you get actual job satisfaction from being at work every day?  If not, have you considered working at a charity in the social sector? Whilst we can’t guarantee 100% job satisfaction, what we are offering is a short course in how to make the move from working for profit […]

6 big mistakes small organizations make with fundraising

From You are here: Home / Blog / 6 big mistakes small organizations make with fundraising1 6 big mistakes small organizations make with fundraising1 Like it isn’t hard enough being a small organization, right? Not enough staff. Not enough time. And...

How to raise money for an arts organization

From Are arts organizations different? I’ve spent the better part of my career at arts organizations. My love of theater brought me into the nonprofit world. So let me tell you a little story. One day I was talking with people at a social service...

How to Get Donations: 18 Ways the Pros Are Doing It

Looking to get more donations? You may have noticed it's become tougher than it used to be. The problem that many organizations are facing these days is that people are leading much busier lives than they ever used to, so capturing their attention and keeping it is...

Organizing a Fundraiser? You’ll Want to Read This First

What will your next fundraiser be? A comedy show? A bachelor auction? A good old fashioned barbeque? While fundraisers are a great way to bring in additional revenue for your organization, your time and resources are limited, so you want to hold the best fundraiser...

Complete Guide: How to Raise Funds on Facebook (with examples)

This is a guest blog post by Julia Campbell, a nonprofit digital marketing and online fundraising strategists. With over 2 billion active monthly users (450 million of them connected to nonprofit Pages), it may seem like Facebook is an easy place to look for potential...