This website works best using cookies which are currently blocked. Allow cookies & close message

News

  • Our response to the Fundraising Regulator's Code Consultation

    Date. Fri, 28 Apr 2017

    The Code of Fundraising Practice is, and has always been, an evolving set of standards that should be regularly reviewed and revised where needed to adapt to the changing environment. It’s an essential part of ensuring excellent fundraising practice which builds public trust and confidence from donors and enables charities to raise the income that is vital to deliver their objectives.

    MORE
  • I’m passionate about developing fundraisers to be the best they can be

    Date. Thu, 20 Apr 2017

    Director of Engagement & Fundraising at Diabetes UK, Kath Abrahams, discuss why becoming a trustee of the Institute felt like the right step forward to help fundraisers become the best they can be.

    MORE
  • CV tips & advice for fundraising roles

    Date. Tue, 18 Apr 2017

    What makes a great fundraising CV? The short answer is... one that stands out! Anyone can list their jobs and experience, but a good CV shows evidence and results.

    MORE
  • Be part of the way the fundraising profession moves forward

    Date. Mon, 10 Apr 2017

    We ask Emily Drayson, founder of Drayson Research and Researchers in Fundraising SIG member, why she decided to join the IoF Trustee Board, and why you should get involved too!

    MORE
  • This is an important time for fundraising - join the IoF Trustee board

    Date. Tue, 4 Apr 2017

    HOME Fundraising's joint MD, Dominic Will, explains why he decided to apply to become an IoF trustee, and the role of trustee leadership in supporting fundraisers and influencing the sector.

    MORE
  • New £1 coin – small change, £21m fundraising opportunity?

    Date. Tue, 28 Mar 2017

    Today, a new £1 coin has come into circulation - but what's the opportunity for fundraising?

    MORE
  • House of Lords Report: So much to welcome, but where’s the fundraising ask?

    Date. Mon, 27 Mar 2017

    The House of Lords Committee 'Stronger Charities' Report makes some insightful and very welcome recommendations to support the work of charities into the future. But where is the fundraising ask?

    MORE
  • 3 ways to enhance your charity event with the help of technology

    Date. Mon, 20 Mar 2017

    Organising a charity event? Find out how to enhance your event management process with the help of technology.

    MORE
  • Help us shape fundraising standards in Scotland

    Date. Fri, 17 Mar 2017

    The Institute of Fundraising in Scotland is looking to recruit new members to join our Standards Advisory Board for Scotland.

    MORE
  • How to increase trustee participation in philanthropy

    Date. Thu, 16 Mar 2017

    The recent ICO rulings and impending introduction of the Fundraising Preference Service will change the nature of individual giving to the extent that many organisations will feel pressure to increase income from other sources, including philanthropy, to ensure they are able to deliver the same quality and quantity of programmes and services.

    MORE
  • Coming full circle

    Date. Tue, 14 Mar 2017

    When I wrote my last blog post about the Future Leaders Programme, I themed it around a particular comment that course leader Mark made in the very first session which resonated with me: that the most highly performing teams are those which are comfortable with change.

    MORE
  • The pressure to maintain standards in face-to-face fundraising continues to grow

    Date. Mon, 13 Mar 2017

    Peter Hills-Jones, IoF Director of Compliance, reflects on challenges to face-to-face fundraising and how the sector is maintaining standards through increasing pressure.

    MORE
  • Supporting a bright future of face-to-face fundraising

    Date. Mon, 13 Mar 2017

    Peter Hills-Jones, IoF Director of Compliance, reflects on challenges to face-to-face fundraising and how the sector is maintaining standards through increasing pressure.

    MORE
  • A spring forward and look back on the changes for fundraising

    Date. Thu, 9 Mar 2017

    Stephanie Siddall, IoF's Policy Officer, provides a round up of some recent news and developments and what we’ve been working on; from incoming changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme to the Fundraising Regulator's consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice

    MORE
  • Peter Lewis speech to IoF North West on leadership and fundraising on International Women's Day

    Date. Wed, 8 Mar 2017

    Institute of Fundraising Chief Executive, Peter Lewis, speaks about fundraising leadership at the IoF North West's Annual Conference in Liverpool on 8th March.

    MORE
  • 2017 Budget: Invest in fundraising to support communities across the country

    Date. Tue, 7 Mar 2017

    For those who thought that the Chancellor might use the Budget tomorrow to significantly increase levels of public expenditure, one phrase – ensuring there is ‘enough gas in the tank’ – will have ended any expectations of a spending splurge!

    MORE
  • You’ve got skills, they’re multiplying…

    Date. Mon, 6 Mar 2017

    To work in fundraising requires a special kind of person. You’ve already got so many incredible skills; commitment, communication, creativity, the ability to build and maintain a relationship. But even the best fundraisers need to stretch their comfort zone sometimes.

    MORE
  • …and the face to face fundraising Oscar goes to…or does it?

    Date. Wed, 1 Mar 2017

    “Excuse me, do you have a minute?” “No, I don’t, I am too busy to be bothered by you chuggers right now!”

    MORE
  • 10 things we learned from the joint regulatory event

    Date. Wed, 22 Feb 2017

    Following the joint regulatory event in Manchester yesterday, IoF Head of Policy and Research Daniel Fluskey gives us his take on the 10 key areas.

    MORE
  • Why your organisational culture has to reflect your charity values

    Date. Mon, 20 Feb 2017

    Sarah Carter, Director of Wisdom Fish, talks about the importance of developing an organisational culture that supports, nourishes and engages the people in it.

    MORE
  • All aboard the regulatory train to Manchester….

    Date. Fri, 17 Feb 2017

    Next Tuesday in Manchester a joint regulatory event will be held by the Information Commissioner’s Office, Fundraising Regulator, and Charity Commission.

    MORE
  • As a former fundraiser, and as an MP, I know how important fundraising is

    Date. Fri, 10 Feb 2017

    A few weeks ago I hosted a wonderful Institute of Fundraising event in Parliament celebrating and showcasing examples of excellent fundraising. I was delighted to be able to give fundraisers the opportunity to highlight the amazing work that they do.

    MORE
  • Charity Today: when we talk about the vital role charities play in our country, we are also talking about the work of fundraisers

    Date. Fri, 10 Feb 2017

    “We need to change the narrative about the charity sector”. If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard that phrase over the last 2 years!

    MORE
  • JustGiving: there’s a need to invest in innovation to support good causes

    Date. Tue, 7 Feb 2017

    There is a new story in the press this morning criticising one of the most important companies supporting the sector, JustGiving. JustGiving are ‘accused’ of taking £20m from donations while paying their staff up to £200,000.

    MORE
  • Time for the ‘self’ to make itself heard in regulation

    Date. Fri, 3 Feb 2017

    Today the Fundraising Regulator has published its first consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice. Covering issues around trustee duties, monitoring of third parties, vulnerable people, and others this is the first time that charities, fundraising organisations, and the public will have their chance to inform the Regulator of their views and ideas on the rules that fundraisers are held accountable to.

    MORE
  • 5 Predictions for Future of Fundraising

    Date. Thu, 2 Feb 2017

    As we start a new year, it’s time to think about a new digital strategy. How can you futureproof your fundraising activity? Master trainer and social media guru, Beth Kanter, has predicted the future of fundraising. While future trends don’t always come to fruition, at Social Misfits Media we think these are a pretty safe bet.

    MORE
  • No charity branding equals fewer contact permissions

    Date. Mon, 30 Jan 2017

    Trust influences donors willingness to give their contact permission. That statement almost seems obvious and self-explanatory. The real question is by how much does trust influence the donor's willingness to give a contact permission? The answer is “a lot!” The result should make any fundraiser reconsider some of the ways fundraising has been done online the last 20 years.

    MORE
  • ICO fines - what are the legal implications for charities and fundraisers?

    Date. Thu, 26 Jan 2017

    The recent Monetary Penalty Notices issued to BHF and the RSPCA by the ICO have understandably raised concerns and questions for charities and fundraisers about their implications for charitable fundraising moving forward.

    MORE
  • Celebrating excellent fundraising in the charity sector

    Date. Fri, 20 Jan 2017

    This week we held a reception in the House of Commons to showcase the best of charity fundraising, as part of our ongoing work to strengthen the relationship between fundraisers and MPs in Parliament.

    MORE
  • ‘Tis a Gift to be…Regular

    Date. Tue, 10 Jan 2017

    Ah, regular giving – the holy grail of fundraising. Here at Pebblebeach Fundraising, we’ve been working with lots of charities to promote the value of regular giving to their supporters over the years.

    MORE
  • To strengthen our ‘shared society’, the government should support excellent fundraising

    Date. Mon, 9 Jan 2017

    Theresa May’s ‘shared society’ agenda will be warmly, if cautiously, welcomed across the charity sector today.

    MORE
  • Making the leap from delegate to conference speaker

    Date. Fri, 6 Jan 2017

    I am a Scottish Fundraising Conference superfan. There you go, I admit it. As long as I’ve been a fundraiser the conference has always been a date in my diary to look forward to. A couple of days away from my desk with a chance to refocus, gain new ideas and reaffirm that what I’ve been doing is on the right track.

    MORE
  • Four Fundraising predictions for 2017

    Date. Thu, 5 Jan 2017

    As fundraisers embark on a new year of raising money for their respective charities, IFC Chair and winner of the Institute of Fundraising’s Lifetime Contribution Award, John Baguley, gazes into his crystal ball and predicts the top trends for the fundraising sector in 2017...

    MORE
  • What's next for the fundraising community in 2017?

    Date. Fri, 23 Dec 2016

    IoF Chief Executive, Peter Lewis, takes a look at what 2017 may bring from a fundraising perspective.

    MORE
  • What's next for 2017: membership of the IoF

    Date. Thu, 22 Dec 2016

    Joan Fisher, Head of Individual Membership reflects on some of the IoF membership milestones of 2016, and looks ahead at what IoF individual members can expect in 2017.

    MORE
  • The ghosts of fundraising innovation past

    Date. Wed, 21 Dec 2016

    Adam Bryan, Director of Partnerships at the IoF, takes a look at some of the most innovative fundraising ideas from years gone by and asks... what's the next big thing?

    MORE
  • What’s next for 2017: Data based fundraising?

    Date. Wed, 21 Dec 2016

    With the changed fundraising environment, many charities priorities and focus have shifted toward managing donor data. Howard Lake explores...

    MORE
  • What's next for 2017: Direct marketing fundraising

    Date. Wed, 21 Dec 2016

    Stephen Pidgeon takes a look at the coming year and what he believes will be the key considerations for charities and communications...

    MORE
  • What's next for 2017: fundraising innovation and the next big thing

    Date. Wed, 21 Dec 2016

    Adam Bryan, IoF Director of Partnerships, concludes his blog on fundraising innovation and what could be the next big trend of 2017...

    MORE
  • Reviewing the FPS: from a big red button towards a ‘win win’?

    Date. Mon, 19 Dec 2016

    Earlier this month the Fundraising Regulator announced its decision on a way forward for the Fundraising Preference Service. IoF Head of Policy and Research, Daniel Fluskey, takes a further look.

    MORE
  • What's next for 2017: the year of legacies?

    Date. Thu, 15 Dec 2016

    Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, asks if 2017 will be the year of legacies – and shares his top 5 predictions…

    MORE
  • What’s in a name?

    Date. Wed, 14 Dec 2016

    What do you call the people you work with?

    MORE
  • What’s next for 2017:

    Date. Wed, 14 Dec 2016

    Daniel Fluskey, IoF Head of Policy and Research, looks ahead at next year, and the changes that fundraisers and charities can expect.

    MORE
  • What’s next for 2017: prediction for the fundraising sector

    Date. Wed, 14 Dec 2016

    Daniel Fluskey, IoF Head of Policy and Research, looks ahead at next year, and the changes that fundraisers and charities can expect.

    MORE
  • What's next for 2017: trustees and fundraising

    Date. Tue, 13 Dec 2016

    IoF Policy Officer Stephanie Siddall looks ahead to next year, and how trustee boards are already getting behind their charity's fundraising efforts.

    MORE
  • What's next for 2017: Prediction on the relationship between Government and charities

    Date. Mon, 12 Dec 2016

    IoF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Mike Smith takes a look at what could be the potential opportunities for charities in relation to Government policies.

    MORE
  • Giving, an act of Faith

    Date. Fri, 9 Dec 2016

    Faith groups are large bodies of people from different backgrounds that share common principles. One of them being the act of charity, a concept woven into the fabric of all the major religions.

    MORE
  • What can trustee boards do to navigate the current fundraising landscape?

    Date. Thu, 1 Dec 2016

    As a starting point, some context about trustees and the recent fundraising issues may be useful. Put simply, governance of charities is now under the spotlight. A series of failures by a handful of charities has given the sector a fairly bad reputation.

    MORE
  • Why Do Donors Give? Eight Ways to Communicate the Right Messages to Your Donors

    Date. Wed, 16 Nov 2016

    As the end of the year approaches and the giving season ramps up, donors find themselves giving more to their favourite charities.

    MORE
  • In case you missed it…

    Date. Thu, 27 Oct 2016

    It's been a busy couple of weeks so we've put together a quick round up of what's been happening in case you missed it.

    MORE
  • Far from one size fits all: Governance of fundraising in large and small charities

    Date. Tue, 25 Oct 2016

    I am proud to serve as a Trustee in two organisations – Oxfam GB, one the UK's largest and best known charities, and Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), a significantly smaller charity with a very specific focus.

    MORE
  • What have we been up to in Parliament?

    Date. Tue, 25 Oct 2016

    IoF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Mike Smith, looks back at what the Institute has been up to in Parliament.

    MORE
  • Are you maximising the potential of peer-to-peer donors?

    Date. Wed, 19 Oct 2016

    John Bird, managing director at Blackbaud Europe, explores how technology is innovating the Peer-to-Peer supporter journey.

    MORE
  • Fundraising should be central to the thinking of every charity Trustee Board

    Date. Wed, 19 Oct 2016

    It shouldn’t have to be said, but I’m afraid this is still viewed as a controversial statement.

    MORE
  • A win-win-win? Having fundraisers on your Trustee board benefits your organisation, the fundraiser, and the charity sector

    Date. Mon, 10 Oct 2016

    Recent controversies in charity fundraising, teamed with the rapidly changing technological landscape (the so called Fourth Industrial Revolution), make the role of a charity Trustee increasingly multi-faceted.

    MORE
  • Think Small to Aim High

    Date. Thu, 6 Oct 2016

    Recently you may have seen a New Philanthropy Capital report which said people in the UK with wealth over £1m gave a total of approximately £1.3bn a year to charity.

    MORE
  • How Young Trustees Make A Difference For Fundraising

    Date. Wed, 5 Oct 2016

    There are a thousand different reasons why you should try to have younger people on your charity’s Board. Here, I am going to focus on just one of them- how they can make a difference for your fundraising. Of course, all Trustees should be part of your fundraising efforts, but involving younger people is an area that isn’t spoken about enough.

    MORE
  • How charity trustees can help to restore public trust and confidence in the sector

    Date. Tue, 4 Oct 2016

    Following the events of summer 2015, the role of charity trustees has been continually under the spotlight. One of the main lessons learnt over these past 18 months is the important responsibility trustees have over their charity’s fundraising strategy.

    MORE
  • Preparing charity trustees to meet the challenges of their role

    Date. Mon, 3 Oct 2016

    The British public is very charitable, with the latest Charities Aid Foundation report showing Britons donate over £10 billion a year. But that generosity is dependent on the belief that funds raised by charities will go to good use.

    MORE
  • Listen to the Fundraising Tips you Get

    Date. Mon, 3 Oct 2016

    Ewan Hastings MInstF(Dip), Trust and Corporate Fundraiser at Waverley Care, shares some core tips for getting organised for good trusts fundraising.

    MORE
  • Are you finding your charity’s future funders?

    Date. Thu, 29 Sep 2016

    How can we better embrace legacy giving in all our fundraising activity, despite the prevalence of short-term thinking?

    MORE
  • Charities should keep digital innovation at the heart of their approach

    Date. Wed, 28 Sep 2016

    Over the past five years we’ve seen drastic changes in how people interact with digital things. The average person now checks their smartphone 85 times a day, spending five hours browsing the web and using apps. Google processes a mind blowing 40,000 searches a second; it’s fair to say we live in a digital world.

    MORE
  • Why your charity might be like a travel agent (or how not to get left behind)

    Date. Mon, 26 Sep 2016

    We naturally look towards others within the charity sector to gauge how well we’re grappling with digital change. But what if more digital change suddenly hit the industry at great pace? Would your charity be ready? Or would you be left behind?

    MORE
  • IoF is heading to the party conferences

    Date. Fri, 23 Sep 2016

    It was a blustery September day by the seaside in Bournemouth when I attended my first ever political party conference in 2008. Gordon Brown was Prime Minister and the question on everyone’s lips was ‘will he or won’t he call a snap election later that year’…

    MORE
  • Who stole my day? - A simple lesson from school we stupidly forgot

    Date. Wed, 21 Sep 2016

    Do you remember being at school and worrying about how you were going to fit everything in? I mean, it was crazy – so many different things going on, way too much to remember!

    MORE
  • Remember ‘Remember a Charity Week’?

    Date. Thu, 15 Sep 2016

    Yes, it is this week and isn’t it time that more than 7% of the population left a legacy to a charity? The calculation is that a 4% change in our behaviour would lead to £1 billion extra for good causes.

    MORE
  • Whole organisation fundraising: the next big thing

    Date. Fri, 9 Sep 2016

    Everyone in your organisation is a fundraiser. Or they should be.

    MORE
  • Getting behind Remember A Charity Week - pass on your wisdom

    Date. Fri, 9 Sep 2016

    New figures this week show that more people than ever are choosing to leave a gift to charity in their will.

    MORE
  • Getting your trustees on board with fundraising

    Date. Thu, 8 Sep 2016

    Events of the past year and our recent research into public trust and confidence in charities confirmed what we all know: that done well, fundraising has the potential to build strong, meaningful, positive relationships with donors and the public.

    MORE
  • Social impact or profit?... or why not both?

    Date. Wed, 7 Sep 2016

    In May 2014, we officially launched what we call a “solidarity ecosystem”, so that technology could empower social impact (and vice-versa), connecting and engaging the different actors of the social economy. eSolidar is a 2-sided online marketplace that combines charities and their communities, by offering easy ways to raise funds and awareness to amazing charitable causes.

    MORE
  • One year on - Reflections from the IoF Scotland Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year 2015

    Date. Fri, 2 Sep 2016

    Last year, I was presented with the IoF Scotland Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award. It was one of the proudest moments of my life.

    MORE
  • The age of connected networks

    Date. Wed, 31 Aug 2016

    Ahead of our Innovative Fundraising for a Digital World conference on 3 October, Erin Niimi Longhurst at Social Misfits Media interviewed digital trainer and non-profit innovator Beth Kanter about the latest tools, embracing digital innovation, and the biggest challenges that charities face in this space.

    MORE
  • The age of connected networks

    Date. Wed, 31 Aug 2016

    Ahead of our Innovative Fundraising for a Digital World conference on 3 October, Erin Niimi Longhurst at Social Misfits Media interviewed digital trainer and non-profit innovator Beth Kanter about the latest tools, embracing digital innovation, and the biggest challenges that charities face in this space.

    MORE
  • Using the latest video trends for charity impact and engagement

    Date. Fri, 19 Aug 2016

    We often hear how important it is for charities to demonstrate their impact, highlight why they exist, what they do and the change that they make.

    MORE
  • Beneficiaries – a neglected topic of fundraisers’ conversations?

    Date. Wed, 17 Aug 2016

    One of my sharpest memories from the first Institute of Fundraising Convention I attended in the late 90s was a plenary debate with some of the leading figures in UK fundraising.

    MORE
  • Trusteeship: volunteer and build your career

    Date. Tue, 16 Aug 2016

    Never has there been a more important moment for fundraisers to consider becoming trustees.

    MORE
  • Top tips for entering the IoF National Fundraising Awards

    Date. Mon, 15 Aug 2016

    Thinking of entering into the National Fundraising Awards? Has your organisation got the 'X' factor?! Find out the Do's and Don'ts from the judges before you begin your entry!

    MORE
  • When it comes to events fundraising, are you ahead of the crowd?

    Date. Mon, 15 Aug 2016

    Whether it’s baking a cake, running a marathon, climbing a mountain, dressing up in a particular style or doing something completely off-the-wall, participating in an event to raise money for charity provides a unique opportunity for everyone to be a fundraiser.

    MORE
  • The First Key To Fundraising Influence

    Date. Tue, 9 Aug 2016

    If we are to help donors and supporters decide to give generously, we must help them feel some certainty that this would achieve something they care about.

    MORE
  • The best partnerships are built on strong foundations

    Date. Thu, 4 Aug 2016

    In the charity sector ‘relationships’ are everywhere. Relationships between trustee boards and fundraising teams, between charities and donors, and between charities and agencies or third parties they work with. Getting these relationships working well and positively is absolutely key to delivering the excellent fundraising that we want to see.

    MORE
  • The Changing World of Legacy Giving

    Date. Tue, 2 Aug 2016

    Legacy giving is changing in so many ways at the moment. It really is an exciting time, bringing new opportunities for an increasing range of charities. It’s not without its challenges though, so what better time to question what you really know about legacies…

    MORE
  • The most highly performing teams are those which are comfortable with change

    Date. Tue, 26 Jul 2016

    Having just embarked on a new role as Mid Value Lead at Cancer Research UK, this was a conversation during the first week of the IoF’s Future Leader Programme that felt extremely timely and apt.

    MORE
  • Volunteering at the Scottish Fundraising Conference

    Date. Thu, 21 Jul 2016

    When I saw an article advertising the opportunity to volunteer at the Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s annual conference last year, I jumped at the chance to apply.

    MORE
  • Fundraising experience is underrepresented on boards, but fundraisers should play a bigger role

    Date. Thu, 14 Jul 2016

    IoF Policy officer, Stephanie Siddall, explores how fundraising experience is underrepresented on boards, and why fundraisers should play a bigger role

    MORE
  • The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

    Date. Wed, 13 Jul 2016

    Encouraging and enabling organisations – particularly smaller ones - to diversify their income is more important than ever.

    MORE
  • Takeaways from Fundraising Convention 2016

    Date. Mon, 11 Jul 2016

    Fundraisers from across the UK (and beyond!) gathered last week for Fundraising Convention 2016, the biggest event of its kind outside North America for professional fundraisers. Welcoming 2,700 visitors over three days we took advantage of all that our amazing new venue, the Barbican Centre, had to offer.

    MORE
  • Understanding the why of supporter experience...

    Date. Fri, 8 Jul 2016

    2016 is most definitely the year of Supporter Experience. It’s been a really long time coming and it’s really good news for our donors...and ultimately our beneficiaries.

    MORE
  • Meeting your Match: the Practical Philosophy of Major Gifts

    Date. Thu, 30 Jun 2016

    When people ask me what it’s like being a Major Gifts fundraiser I describe it as match-making. It's about finding the people who care about the same things your organisation cares about – and giving them the chance to make a difference.

    MORE
  • Brexit – what does it mean for charity fundraising?

    Date. Wed, 29 Jun 2016

    Last week’s referendum saw a majority vote for the UK to leave the European Union. This is a momentous decision and we can be certain that it will have a large impact across the political, economic and social landscape.

    MORE
  • From Team Member to Team Leader (and what to do if no one’s in your team)

    Date. Fri, 24 Jun 2016

    Suzanne Treharne looks back on her transition from team member to a team leader ...

    MORE
  • Core funding – the Shangri-la of fundraising

    Date. Wed, 22 Jun 2016

    Ewan Hastings, Trust and Corporate Fundraiser at Waverley Care, shares his top tips for putting together a compelling case for core funding.

    MORE
  • I say, I say, I say... when is a strategy not a strategy?

    Date. Mon, 20 Jun 2016

    In a world where change is the only constant, is strategy critical or irrelevant? Rob Alcroft takes a look...

    MORE
  • Managing your fundraising talent in a (rapidly) changing world

    Date. Fri, 17 Jun 2016

    Head of Regional Development at Muscular Dystrophy UK, Gary Kernahan, explores the place of talent, skills and development in achieving fundraising excellence in a fast changing world.

    MORE
  • The risks of getting distracted in Major Gift Fundraising

    Date. Thu, 16 Jun 2016

    How do you tackle the challenges of static major gift income in a multinational organisation? James Webb, Head of Major Gifts at Oxfam reflects on his own experiences...

    MORE
  • Making the most of your time

    Date. Tue, 14 Jun 2016

    When I was 21 I thought I could study for a Masters in Medieval Archaeology (with a dissertation that required meticulously analysing 119 skeletons), work a full time job running an Annual Fund Campaign, play on the University football team, learn to drive and maintain a social life.

    MORE
  • Get more, be a mentor! (or mentee!)

    Date. Fri, 10 Jun 2016

    Having a mentor is a hugely valuable experience. Having someone to talk to, share experiences with and open your eyes to opportunities is crucial in the world of work.

    MORE
  • Getting ready for Convention and a New Start

    Date. Thu, 9 Jun 2016

    On Wednesday last week, the IoF Fundraising Convention Board met for the last time before this year's Fundraising Convention, which starts on Monday 4th July. I'm not sure why but I think this could be the best convention for many years and recently they have all been excellent. It feels very exciting to be a part of. Bring it on, I say.

    MORE
  • Fundraiser resilience – raise more money by increasing your grit

    Date. Wed, 8 Jun 2016

    For more than a decade I have made it my habit to interview people who get consistently great fundraising results. Their personality traits vary hugely. But one thing has been consistent about every single one, and this is their ability to follow through, that is, to stick to what is important over the long-term.

    MORE
  • The Dating Game - building relationships with major donors

    Date. Tue, 7 Jun 2016

    Society is becoming increasingly more unequal. The latest Sunday Times Rich List may have shown a fall in the wealth of those at the very top of society, but there can be no doubt that the overall flow of money in this country, and indeed around the world, is towards the few; the 1%.

    MORE
  • True or False: Debunking DRTV Myths

    Date. Mon, 6 Jun 2016

    With TV being a popular medium for marketing, it’s important that marketers understand it and are not misguided by misconceptions in their TV campaigns.

    MORE