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.
IoF Academy: 'It has transformed my fundraising practice'
Date. Thu, 13 Jun 2019
Eileen Kinsman MInstF (AdvDip) graduated in November with the International Advanced Diploma. She explains why she decided to do it, what she valued most from the qualification and how it has transformed her fundraising practices.
There has been great change in how charities make and receive payments with the technology used ever evolving, but what does this mean for fundraisers? Scott Gray, Head of Payments at The Access Group, takes a look.
UK giving, legacy giving, non-graduates welcome and other fundraising news
Date. Thu, 6 Jun 2019
Felicity Spencer-Smith, Senior External Affairs Officer, gives the low-down on the latest developments affecting fundraising, including what new research shows us about UK giving, increases in income from legacies and a campaign to stop charities from excluding those that don't have a degree when recruiting.
Who isn't in the room: More than percentages, policies and practices
Date. Wed, 5 Jun 2019
As we publish our research 'Who isn't in the room? Equality, diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession', Lizzie Ellis, IoF Policy and Information Officer, has taken a look at what the research shows, and doesn’t show, about the fundraising profession.
Volunteers' Week: Working with such a passionate, committed and enthusiastic group of individuals is the highlight of my year
Date. Mon, 3 Jun 2019
This year will mark Gary Richardson's twentieth year of volunteering at Fundraising Convention, of which he has spent many of those being responsible for organising the 50+ volunteers who work together to make the three-day event the success that it is. To mark Volunteers' Week, he explains why he volunteers and why he loves working with such a passionate group of individuals.
Chartered status should lead to a more positive view of fundraising by the public
Date. Mon, 3 Jun 2019
Voting will start tomorrow on our plan to formally petition to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, explains why it is important that members have their say.
Zoé Mobey spoke at the Institute of Fundraising’s Scottish Parliamentary Reception last night on how fundraising is more than the money we raise or the return on investment made. She summarises what she said here.
Five discussions health sector fundraisers are having
Date. Wed, 29 May 2019
Sam Boyle, Policy and Information Officer at the Institute of Fundraising, attended the inaugural Fundraising in the Health Sector conference last week. He looks at five of the themes that emerged throughout the day, and what the wider fundraising community can learn from the health sector.
Reflections on a journey towards a more inclusive sector
Date. Fri, 24 May 2019
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, reflects on the HR Network and our #ChangeCollective movement – and acknowledges that it’s important that debates on this subject take place so that we can explore and continue to learn.
Chartered journey: Status is only half the battle; the challenge is for indviduals to become chartered
Date. Mon, 20 May 2019
Ian MacQuillin MInstF(DiP) says that getting chartered status for the IoF is only half the battle, and that the real work will be making it clear within the sector what the benefits of individual chartered membership is both to fundraisers and the wider sector.
Mental Health Awareness Week: Is it time for a 'whole employee' work culture?
Date. Wed, 15 May 2019
For Mental Health Awareness Week, Oxfam's Kate Kellaway Moore and consultant Kim van Niekerk share six activities that they believe can help the mental health of fundraisers and their employees, an area they say is often neglected.
Muslim giving during Ramadan is testament to the power of fundraising
Date. Mon, 13 May 2019
Fadi Itani, Chief Executive Officer of the Muslim Charities Forum, says that the money donated throughout Ramadan by British Muslims is a feat of fundraising, and explains why the network has launched a safer giving campaign.
Why grant-givers and fundraisers need to work together to create a diverse sector
Date. Mon, 13 May 2019
The Grant Giver’s Movement, which explores the best ways in which philanthropy can be used to advance social change, have been in discussions with the IoF on our shared objectives of increasing equality, diversity and inclusion within fundraising and grant-giving. The movement explains how and why they are pushing for this change.
Susan Pinkney, Head of Research at Charities Aid Foundation, looks at what the UK Giving report published this week shows about British generosity and whether we're seeing a worrying trend with fewer people giving to charity.
Sam Boyle, IoF Policy and Information Officer, looks at the Fundraising for Impact report released by the IoF and PwC this week and explores what charities can learn from it about the future of fundraising.
Chartered journey: Why I’m excited about the prospect of the IoF becoming a chartered body
Date. Thu, 9 May 2019
Kath Abrahams, IoF Trustee and Chair of the Learning & Development Committee, explains how the IoF becoming a chartered body will be a milestone moment which will take our profession to the next level, and will give fundraising further credibility and profile to help promote it as a career of choice to young people.
Future Leaders Programme: 'It gave me a toolbox of skills and responses I can draw on'
Date. Wed, 8 May 2019
Rosie Spiegelhalter is Director of Development for Toynbee Hall and in 2017 took part in the Future Leaders Programme. In this Q&A she explains how she found the programme and what she thinks others should know about it before they take it on.
Chartered journey: A step towards a more inclusive profession
Date. Thu, 2 May 2019
Paul Amadi, Chief Supporter Officer at the British Red Cross and a member of the IoF's EDI panel, explains why he believes chartered status will promote fundraising as an inclusive, rewarding, and respected career choice.
Remember A Charity’s new strategy: Three key steps for growing legacy giving
Date. Wed, 1 May 2019
Last month Remember A Charity launched its new strategic plan which sets out how it intends to grow legacy giving over the next three years. Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, explains the challenges that lie ahead and what the campaign will be focusing on.
Roger Lawson and Richard Spencer from About Loyalty explain the research they've undertaken to understand what makes some donors feel loyal towards the charities they support, while others feel less loyal.
'The potential for philanthropy in healthcare is huge'
Date. Tue, 23 Apr 2019
Andrew Watt FInstF explains why the Institute of Fundraising is holding its first ever Fundraising in the Health Care Sector conference, where it will also launch the brand new healthcare special interest group.
Three truths the Notre-Dame restoration fund shows us about fundraising
Date. Tue, 23 Apr 2019
£800 million and rising… and no asking. Following last week's Notre-Dame fire and the restoration fund that grew and grew in the following days, Angela Cluff, consultant and Chair of the IoF Supporter Experience Project Advisory Panel, outlines three hard truths about fundraising that we ignore at our peril.
Chartered journey: It will give our profession recognition that is long overdue
Date. Tue, 16 Apr 2019
Today we announced that we have had the go ahead from the Privy Council to make a formal petition to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. Emma-Louise Singh MInstF(AdvDip) explains how being chartered will help us all aspire to be better fundraisers and help grow our community.
From a legal and governance perspective what would the move of the IoF from being a limited company to a being a chartered body mean for me as a member? Thea Longley, partner BWB, and Lucy Rhodes, Associate BWB, take a look.
Today we announced that we have had the go ahead from the Privy Council to make a formal petition to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. Alex Xavier looks at the potential future of being authorised to award chartered individual membership, and what this could mean.
Chartered journey: Yes, fundraising is a real job!
Date. Tue, 16 Apr 2019
Today we announced that we have had the go ahead from the Privy Council to make a formal petition to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. Dan Fluskey explains the impact chartered status could have on the public perception of fundraising.
Luke Wiechula MInstF(Cert) graduated in November with the Certificate in Fundraising. He explains why he chose to take part in the qualification and how he found learning alongside other fundraisers really valuable.
JustGiving, probate fees, Sackler Trust and other fundraising news
Date. Thu, 4 Apr 2019
After the last month of Brexit votes, you’d be forgiven for missing out on the latest news from the fundraising sector. This month we discuss the latest on probate fees, changes to JustGiving fees, and Sackler funding – and a few other things you might have missed, says Felicity Spencer-Smith.
Daniel Fluskey, our Head of Policy and External Affairs, summarises the future of online payment as the new Payment Services Directive (EU wide legislation) is due to come into force in September, following an event last month.
‘Where is the diversity? Is this some kind of club?’
Date. Wed, 20 Mar 2019
Joyce Fraser explains why the fundraising sector needs the #ChangeCollective, and how the National Fundraising Awards are an opportunity for an equal, diverse and inclusive range of individuals and organisations to receive recognition.
ActionAid’s cultural journey towards diversity and inclusion
Date. Wed, 20 Mar 2019
ActionAid’s Chief Executive Girish Menon explains the work the charity is doing on becoming an organisation that has diversity and inclusion at the heart of its culture and is embedded in feminist principles.
St Helena Hospice: 'We knew that we had to be creative'
Date. Tue, 19 Mar 2019
St Helena Hospice won Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign at last year's National Fundraising Awards. The team behind the win explain the process that led them to be receive recognition for their fundraising lottery.