Evolving agency partnerships and meaningful collaboration
Date. Thu, 20 Feb 2020
Agencies exist to help charity clients succeed in making a difference, with most having a genuine desire to support rather than just provide a paid-for service, says Helen Mackenzie, Chief Executive of telephone fundraising agency Purity Fundraising.
Felicity Spencer-Smith, Senior External Affairs Officer at the Institute of Fundraising, looks at five things you need to know this month – and one thing you need to do – as well as giving an insight into what the IoF has coming up soon.
Is your fundraising statement in your annual report compliant with the Charities Act 2016?
Date. Wed, 12 Feb 2020
Following a review into how compliant charities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are with the fundraising requirements in The Charities Act 2016, Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the Fundraising Regulator, outlines some key areas that should be included in their fundraising statements.
If fundraisers were to design the ideal funding system from scratch, what would it look like? Harriet Stranks, Director of Grants at Lloyds Bank Foundation, asks what is wrong with funders, and looks at why this is not a simple problem with a simple solution.
Five tips to stop your funding proposal from ending up in the bin
Date. Tue, 11 Feb 2020
When only 1 in 7 funding proposals can progress to the next round, how do you decide which 6 to bin? David Burgess, Director of Apollo Fundraising, offers five observations he has made that can stop your funding proposal from ending up in the ‘no’ pile, ahead of his session at the Trusts Fundraising Conference later this month.
The number of home-based fundraising roles posted on CharityJob has risen significantly since 2017, says Stephanie Dotto, as more charities and employees are realising the wide range of benefits of remote working.
LGBT+ History Month: Inclusion policies fail when they remain just policies
Date. Thu, 6 Feb 2020
To mark LGBT+ History Month, Lucy Caldicott looks at the experiences of the LGBT+ community working in the UK charity sector, and says that the act of opening up space for honest conversations amongst staff will create a more inclusive and healthy environment.
Applications to be a RAISE mentor are now open. Emma Smallwood, Development Manager at The Lowry, answers five questions about her experiences of being a mentor and says why she would recommend others to get involved in the programme.
Are will-writing firms wrong in their reporting of money raised for charity?
Date. Tue, 28 Jan 2020
Legacy consultant Richard Radcliffe and Jon Brewer, founder of Bequeathed, look at the two sides of the question of whether will-writing firms are correct in how they report how much money has been raised for charity.
Fundraising for Impact: What trustees, leaders, finance and fundraising professionals think
Date. Thu, 23 Jan 2020
Following the publication of the Fundraising for Impact report last May, Daniel Chan, Senior Manager at PwC, looks at the views of stakeholders and addresses return on experience, as well as looking to the future.
Resolutions, Global Donations, Giving Tuesday and other fundraising news
Date. Thu, 16 Jan 2020
Felicity Spencer-Smith, Senior External Affairs Officer, gives the low-down on the latest news updates in the fundraising world, including new years’ resolutions, a new Government – and asks for your thoughts on fundraising and direct marketing.
The Direct Marketing Code of Practice: Five things fundraisers need to know
Date. Thu, 9 Jan 2020
The Information Commissioner’s Office announced this week a consultation on an updated Direct Marketing Code of Conduct. Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the IoF, runs through what is in the updated Code and what fundraisers need to know.
Lawrence Simanowitz and Hannah Lyons from Bates Wells discuss what GDPR has meant for major donor fundraising from a legal and compliance position, ahead of a session at the Major Donor Fundraising Conference later this month.
Peter Lewis: Reflecting on fundraising's year ahead
Date. Mon, 6 Jan 2020
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of Institute of Fundraising, looks back at the last year for fundraising and at what the IoF's priorities are for the year ahead – and sets his own #FundraisingResolution for 2020.
New Year, New Decade: Ten Change Collective Resolutions for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Date. Thu, 2 Jan 2020
Elizabeth Balgobin, Interim Head of EDI at the Institute of Fundraising, gives her top ten tips for fundraisers and senior leaders on how to change fundraising into the equal, diverse and inclusive environment that we can all be proud of.
This year has been a big year for fundraisers, and for the Institute of Fundraising in terms of our policy work – from work on equality, diversity and inclusion feeding into our Change Collective objectives, to our collaboration with YouGov on our Public Perceptions research, which looks at what the public really think about the fundraising profession. In no particular order, below are five of our top reports, research and guidance that we have worked on this year.
As 2019 draws to a close, we take a look at the key things that defined the past year for fundraisers. Alice Sharman, Content Manager at the Institute of Fundraising, looks at five of those key developments and trends that have made 2019 such a significant one for fundraisers.
Recruitment: Stating a desire for diversity does not a diverse team make
Date. Mon, 23 Dec 2019
Lizzie Ellis, IoF Policy and Information Officer, looks at what the initial results from the recent survey on sector recruitment processes show us about how we can improve practices and what the next steps are for 2020.
Down-time recommendations from some of the sector’s innovative thinkers
Date. Wed, 18 Dec 2019
Adam Bryan, IoF’s Director of Partnerships & Innovation, ends the year by looking at the recommendations of some of the sector’s innovative thinkers and what they have been reading, watching and listening to.
How can fundraisers harness the passion the general election created for their own causes?
Date. Wed, 18 Dec 2019
Elections are a lightning rod for nearly all of the issues that charities work on, and as a national event raise emotions and energy like little else. Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, says the week after a seismic election result, the challenge for fundraisers is how to keep people engaged with these issues.
Why video is a great medium to reach a digitally-savvy and time-poor audience
Date. Tue, 17 Dec 2019
Dan Fletcher from Moore Kingston Smith says that video is a great medium for fundraisers to connect with their donors, and explains why they should enter the Creative Vision Awards this year for a chance to get their own charities' story out there.
The Diploma in Fundraising means I can access a network of like-minded individuals
Date. Thu, 12 Dec 2019
Ronnie Whiteside MInstF(Dip) graduated with the Diploma in Fundraising at the ceremony last month. In this Q&A he explains how he got into fundraising and what he got out of taking part in the qualification online.
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, looks at what the new power model shows us about movements and campaigning organisations, and what membership organisations like the IoF can learn from this framework.
Direct Mail: Two years on and it’s a completely different picture
Date. Thu, 5 Dec 2019
The National Youth Orchestra won the award for Best Supporter Experience at the National Fundraising Awards. As part of our Awards Showcase Nicolette Shaw, Development Director at the charity, explains what led up to this win.
Why we should prioritise ‘the how’ over ‘the what’
Date. Wed, 4 Dec 2019
Louise Morris, Founder and Director of Summit Fundraising, takes a look at why fundraisers need to be able to influence up, and says that if we can have fundraisers who can create powerful change internally, who knows how much more money could be raised.
What London Marathon Events has done to tackle the climate crisis in 2019
Date. Thu, 28 Nov 2019
Kenneth Foreman looks at the initiatives London Marathon Events has run this year to combat the climate crisis, and says that when people come together, we can make the changes needed to ensure mass participation events are making a positive contribution to tackling the climate emergency.
Why now is the time to embrace greener fundraising tools
Date. Wed, 27 Nov 2019
As the climate crisis is becoming more and more at the forefront of both fundraisers’ and donors’ minds, now is the time to be doing away with outdated and potentially environmentally damaging fundraising models and instead turn to greener alternatives, says Mike Phillips from Purepages Group Ltd.
5 big challenges corporate fundraisers face in 2020 (and how to overcome them)
Date. Fri, 22 Nov 2019
How can we maximise our corporate partnerships in 2020? In the lead up to the Corporate Partnership Conference on 2nd December, Jonathan Andrews from Remarkable Partnerships dives into the challenges and opportunities we have ahead.
Phil Zeidler, Co-Founder of DeadHappy, looks at why charities need to have more blunt conversations with their donors about legacies and death, and explains why charities should be talking about legacies with much younger donors.
What does ‘innovation’ really mean and what can the fundraising sector learn from inspiring innovators elsewhere? Adam Bryan, Director of Partnerships & Innovation at the Institute of Fundraising, takes a look.
As part of a series on Fundraising for Impact, following our research published alongside PWC in the summer, Suzanne Featherstone reflects on the current state of fundraising and what the future might hold for trustees.
Fundraising for Impact: The future of individual giving
Date. Mon, 11 Nov 2019
In a series of blogs following the Fundraising for Impact report published earlier this year, Kathryn Holloway from Friends of the Earth reflects on what the future of fundraising holds for individual giving.
Looking at philanthropy from the other side: A lesson for Chief Executives?
Date. Thu, 7 Nov 2019
Mark Goldring, who has had twenty years’ experience as a CEO of a range of charities, explains that his recent experience of working for philanthropists has made him realise that charity leaders could be playing an even bigger role in bringing in new donors – some that they often don’t even get to have a dialogue with. He explains what role they could play.
Safeguarding, Ethics Month, Probate Fee Hike and other fundraising news
Date. Thu, 7 Nov 2019
Felicity Spencer-Smith, Senior External Affairs Officer, gives the low-down on the latest news updates in the fundraising world, including a December election, Ethics Awareness Month and the latest resources on safeguarding.
How Your Personality Type Impacts Your Fundraising Efforts
Date. Wed, 6 Nov 2019
Discovering the most successful method of appealing to donors can take time. But have you ever stopped to think how your personality type might affect your fundraising approach? Stephanie Dotto from CharityJob explores what different character traits help us thrive in the workplace – and how knowing your personality type can benefit your fundraising career.
How Manchester Foundation Trust Charity won Fundraising Charity of the Year
Date. Wed, 6 Nov 2019
Manchester Foundation Trust Charity won Fundraising Charity of the Year at the National Fundraising Awards. As part of our Awards Showcase, Sarah Naismith, Director of the charity, explains how they received a 100% increase in fundraising income and went on to win the much coveted award.
‘The exclusion of disabled people from the workforce is an unnecessary waste’
Date. Tue, 5 Nov 2019
Manon Oliver, Trust and Foundation Fundraiser at Animals Asia, says that workplace obstacles for disabled people are many and varied, but that they need to have the courage to consider their biases and think about how necessary current work structures are.
‘Completing the Certificate in Fundraising was hugely rewarding and a significant amount of hard work’
Date. Thu, 31 Oct 2019
Chris Rainford MInstF(Cert) will be graduating with the Certificate in Fundraising at the ceremony at the Royal College of Nursing next month. He explains what he got out of the qualification, and how it had many similarities with completing an undergraduate degree.
Can you have too much of an ethical focus on donors?
Date. Wed, 23 Oct 2019
Our primary stakeholder in fundraising ethics is usually donors. But what happens when a balance of power in donor-fundraiser relationships becomes distorted? In the latest instalment of our blog series on fundraising ethics, Heather Hill looks at this sensitive issue.
Help us recruit for equality, diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession
Date. Tue, 22 Oct 2019
Elizabeth Balgobin, Interim Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Institute of Fundraising, is conducting a survey into recruitment in the fundraising profession in order to create an EDI Recruitment Toolkit. She outlines why the time for this research is now, what it hopes to achieve and why we want to hear from you.
How The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity put audience-insight at the heart of its legacy campaign
Date. Mon, 21 Oct 2019
Charlie Booth, Head of Legacies at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, explains how the charity’s successfully used audience-insight in their legacy campaign, leading to them winning Legacy Campaign of the Year at the National Fundraising Awards.
How can fundraising play its part in a positive future for civil society?
Date. Thu, 17 Oct 2019
Following the independent inquiry into Civil Society Futures and its subsequent report, we brought together a roundtable of our members to discuss its implications. We have now produced a discussion paper Civil Society Futures: Reflections on fundraising’s role and contribution. Peter Lewis and Dan Fluskey outline in this blog what the paper says and what the issues and challenges are for fundraisers.
In the third instalment of our special series on fundraising ethics, Rogare's Ian MacQuillin looks at how practical ethics relates to policy-making, and what extra insights we can glean from marketing ethics
Improving your donor experience through your payments process
Date. Mon, 14 Oct 2019
Rapidata’s Scott Gray looks at the role of the payment journey as part of your supporter's experience and finds that when done right it can go a long way in building building trust, longevity, and of course income.
#YouMadeItHappen: How Alzheimer’s Research UK is thanking supporters for a record year
Date. Fri, 11 Oct 2019
For #YouMadeItHappen day, Lucy Squance, Director of Supporter-led Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Research UK, explains how the charity is using the day to thank their supporters for fuelling a record-breaking year. She reflects on the progress that their supporters made possible during the last financial year and some of the ways in which her team is working to keep supporters engaged.
How to create a seamless supporter experience in a digital world
Date. Fri, 4 Oct 2019
Blackbaud’s Paul Doubleday looks at the importance of improving the supporter experience and the role that digital can play in creating a personal supporter journey that can significantly impact the total raised.
'The International Advanced Diploma has given me the skills to proactively adapt to challenges'
Date. Thu, 3 Oct 2019
Emma Louise-Singh graduated with the International Advanced Diploma back in November. She explains how the qualification benefits graduates by giving them the skills to be more proactive about assessing and reacting to the challenges that are on the horizon for the sector, and how it has particularly been of value in her role as a fundraising consultant.
'Fundraising ethics is about much more than sticking to the code and avoiding ‘tainted’ money'
Date. Wed, 2 Oct 2019
Fundraising’s professional ethics extends a lot wider than you might think. From a different perspective, argues Rogare's Ian MacQuillin, not asking for a sufficiently high gift could be seen as unethical.
Introducing Ethics Month: What is the right thing to do?
Date. Tue, 24 Sep 2019
As America's Association of Fundraising Professionals earmarks next month as 'Ethics Month', Institute of Fundraising's Dan Fluskey introduces a series of blogs curated by fundraising think tank Rogare's director Ian MacQuillin on current ethics debates within the sector and why the topic should be at the forefront of all fundraisers minds.
What our research tells us about public perception of fundraising careers
Date. Tue, 24 Sep 2019
Today we have published results of our YouGov survey exploring what the public think about working in fundraising. The data touches on the public’s perception on a wide range of issues, including asking what they think are people’s motivations for becoming a fundraiser; what skills they think are needed to do the job; and their understanding of how someone would go about getting a job in fundraising. The IoF's Alex Xavier looks at what the second in the research series shows.
Digital transformation is not really about digital – it is about people and culture
Date. Mon, 23 Sep 2019
Joe Freeman, Head of Digital at Bloodwise, spoke last week at the Institute of Fundraising’s Directors’ Forum event on a panel on Digital Transformation. Here he explains how digital transformation is about people, and most importantly it should be focused on those people your charity is trying to help.
How to get the medical profession on board with fundraising
Date. Wed, 18 Sep 2019
With continued pressure on the NHS budget and growing need to find new funding sources for the health sector, Andrew Watt, Chair of the IoF Health Sector Special Interest Group and Senior Principal at Accordant Europe, explores how hospital trusts, air ambulances and others can get the medical profession on board with fundraising.
Legacy donations, spending review, public perceptions and other fundraising news
Date. Fri, 13 Sep 2019
Want to know what you missed while on holiday? It was far from a quiet summer with a surprise prorogation of parliament, a surprise spending review, and a couple of really key pieces of data on legacies and the fundraising profession. Felicity Spencer-Smith, IoF Senior External Affairs Officer, summarises the busiest summer in quite a while.
How can we make fundraising a more attractive career?
Date. Fri, 13 Sep 2019
As this week sees the Institute of Fundraising release its first report in its Public Perceptions series, which looks at what the public think about fundraising, Matt Adams, Divisional Manager, Fundraising & Development at TPP Recruitment, explains what this infographic shows about public opinion of fundraising as a career.
Why a non-linear career path may be the best route forward
Date. Thu, 12 Sep 2019
With so many fundraisers starting their careers in other sectors, CharityJob’s Stephanie Dotto explains why this route to fundraising can mean more skills learned along the way and a better-rounded CV.
Why we wanted to capture public feeling on fundraising
Date. Wed, 11 Sep 2019
As the Institute of Fundraising releases 'Public Perceptions: What does the public think about fundraising?', Lizzie Ellis, IoF Policy and Information Officer, who led the work on this research, explains why we embarked on this series and what the data shows us about public feeling towards fundraising.
How MSF's approach to partnerships allows it to save even more lives
Date. Wed, 4 Sep 2019
Partnering with businesses and suppliers is absolutely key for MSF to deliver its humanitarian work, finds Adam Bryan, Director of Partnerships and Innovation at the IoF, following his interview with the charity’s Head of Fundraising, James Kliffen, at the IoF Suppliers Forum.
Ahead of his session at next month's Supporter Experience conference on 'proving how a better experience leads to more support' Richard Spencer, alongside his colleague at About Loyalty Roger Lawson, explain how to get buy-in for good supporter experience from senior leaders, and how doing this can mean creating your own charity champions.
We need to stop viewing fundraising as a separate function from front-line delivery or advocacy
Date. Thu, 15 Aug 2019
Fundraising can and should not exist in a vacuum, says Dr Lesley Alborough, whose research has led her to conclude that we need to move away from training that only focuses on fundraising techniques or making the ask.
Join me in creating an EDI Committee that is representative of everyone
Date. Mon, 12 Aug 2019
Carol Akiwumi is the new Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee at the Institute of Fundraising. She explains why, if you have a desire to help bring about much needed change, she wants you to join her on the Committee.
'The Diploma in Fundraising gave me the confidence that I was going about my work in the right way'
Date. Thu, 8 Aug 2019
Mark Clements graduated with the Diploma in Fundraising back in November. He explains how fundraising as a way to deal with his father's cancer diagnosis became a career for him, and how the qualification gave him the confidence to speak with authority both when raising money and when managing his team.
How can we influence when on the fringes of power?
Date. Wed, 7 Aug 2019
Last month the Institute of Fundraising and charity brap, which aims to transform the way we think about equality, delivered the first Change Collective workshop. Mickella Lewis-Purvis, Programme Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust, who attended the workshop, explains what she got out of the experience.
Accountability is a GDPR requirement that makes sense, but how do we achieve it?
Date. Tue, 30 Jul 2019
Suzanne Lewis, who sat on the IoF's focus group for GDPR, says that while the new legislation has had cost implications for fundraisers, it was not the ‘bogeyman’ that many had feared – but there are real benefits to adhering to these new levels of accountability.
'The Certificate in Fundraising has made me a much more confident fundraiser'
Date. Thu, 11 Jul 2019
Ray Southam graduated with the Certificate in Fundraising. He explains how one of the most valuable parts was being in an environment with other fundraisers with a range of different experiences, and the confidence it gave him as a fundraiser.
Inspiring plenary speakers at Fundraising Convention 2019
Date. Fri, 5 Jul 2019
This year’s plenary speakers did a phenomenal job of firing up a crowd of thousands of fundraisers across three days in the Barbican Hall during Fundraising Convention 2019, sharing their insight and personal journeys of success overcoming adversity. Challenging us all to think a little differently about what it takes to succeed and inspire others, they articulated the importance of self-belief, resilience, commitment and determination.
What does benchmarking tells us about the state of UK fundraising?
Date. Thu, 4 Jul 2019
This week at #IoFFC the second edition of the ‘Status of UK Fundraising Benchmarking Report’ was launched. Produced by the Institute of Fundraising, in collaboration with Blackbaud, we explain in this blog what the latest report shows.
Launched at #IoFFC: GoodBox releases White Paper on contactless technology
Date. Wed, 3 Jul 2019
On the second day of Fundraising Convention 2019, fintech startup GoodBox released a paper to help fundraisers navigate the payments landscape and make informed, evidence-based decisions for their fundraising strategies.
Regular giving cancellations are falling, but how can we keep them that way?
Date. Tue, 2 Jul 2019
At Fundraising Convention yesterday Rapidata unveiled its new Charity Direct Debit Tracking Report. Scott Gray, research lead for the programme behind the report, looks at what can be done to evolve the donor experience to ensure regular giving cancellations continue to fall.
Launched at #IoFFC: Tracking study shows marked impact of GDPR on regular giving
Date. Tue, 2 Jul 2019
Yesterday at Fundraising Convention, Rapidata Services unveiled the latest regular giving trends with the release of a new report tracking Direct Debits to over 600 charities. We summarise the key findings from the launch event.
What do we mean by a ‘supporter engagement approach’ and what are the benefits of it?
Date. Thu, 27 Jun 2019
Fundraising consultant Grahame Darnell takes a look at a supporter engagement approach to fundraising and why an integrated approach across fundraising, marketing and communications is critical to its success.