Fundraising Reading Round-Up

I had the pleasure of attending SOFII’s ‘I wish I’d thought of that’ event last week. It is always a fantastic afternoon. Great speakers. Amazing case studies. Fantastically organised (well done Open Creates). Plenty of emotion and a few laughs too. Do check out the videos when they are on the SOFII website. In the meantime, you can read about one of the ideas from last week. In my view it is one of the best executed direct marketing campaigns in the UK – Crisis at Christmas. The start of the year always brings lots of great content that reflects…

2017…A Year in the Life of IFC

It has been a busy year for IFC, and as it draws to a close we take a look back at some of our highlights… 2017 saw three new offices join the IFC family. We are delighted to welcome Jim De in India, Maya Gabitova in Kyrgyzstan and Sam Kayongo in Tanzania as new Country […]

Poverty Porn and the Fake News Furore

There is so much wrong with Poverty Porn as a heading, it is hard to know where to start dismantling it. Only the sloppiest or most crass of sub-editors would have likened Comic Relief’s fundraising to pornography. Yes, it is a neat piece of alliteration and will get people reading the piece, but the whole […]

Criticisms of relationship fundraising (and why they are wrong)

At 13.00 UK today, I’m going to be interviewed on Facebook Live by Ravinol Chambers of Be Inspired Films. This is the third edition of the Institute of Fundraising’s #FRED talks and I’ll be talking about why relationship fundraising is more important than ever. Do tune in and ask any questions you might have! To whet your appetite, here is a short edited extract from Donors for Life: A practitioner’s guide to relationship fundraising, that looks at some of the major criticisms of relationship fundraising. Three major criticisms of relationship fundraising – and why they’re wrong… Not everyone wants a…

Was I Right About Fundraising Trends In 2017? Or Was I Right?

At the start of 2017 I looked forward at fundraising’s possible direction of travel for the year. At the time we were suffering from the hammer blows of critical press attention and government directed regulation that threatened to become a stranglehold on charities ability to fund their work and to meet increasing needs in an […]

IFC Tanzania: Developing In-Country Fundraising Opportunities

Tanzania joined the global team of fundraisers at the International Fundraising Consultancy in June 2017. The past period has been devoted to learning how other IFC Directors in the different countries manage the daunting task of supporting non-profits so that we utilise these experiences to improve the work in Tanzania. Talking to John Baguley, the […]

Fundraising Reading Round-Up – November 2017

Well, after a nearly a year off blogging I thought it was time to get back to it! 2017 has been an amazing year and the lack of blogging has been due to two reasons. Most excitedly, September saw the publication of my first fundraising book, Donors for Life – A Practitioner’s Guide to Relationship Fundraising. Co-authored with Paul Stein and with a foreword from Ken Burnett, it aims to give fundraisers ideas, tip and practical advice on how to implement relationship fundraising and improve the supporter experience. It has had rave reviews from the likes of Roger Craver at…


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Fundraising Reading Round Up

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 [email protected] – 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…

Fundraising Reading Round Up

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…

Fundraising Reading Round Up

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…

Fundraising Reading Round Up

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…