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  • Coronavirus and Public Fundraising: Doing the right thing is not always an easy decision to make

    Date. Tue, 31 Mar 2020

    Liam McEntegart, Managing Director (Client Services) REAL Fundraising Ltd, looks at the difficulties in making public fundraising decisions around the coronavirus outbreak, and explains why getting contingencies put in place in advance means the sector should never feel they are torn between financial prosperity and public safety.

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  • 5 ways the coronavirus is changing the legacy market and what this means for charities

    Date. Mon, 30 Mar 2020

    Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, looks at how the coronavirus outbreak is having an impact on the legacy market and what the future holds for this type of fundraising.

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  • Peter Lewis: "The speech the Prime Minister should have made"

    Date. Sat, 28 Mar 2020

    With a continued lack of emergency funding to charities who are continuing to provide advice, assistance and care to those who need it, whilst also suffering a huge reduction in their incomes, Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, has written the speech the Prime Minister should have made at 10 Downing Street this week.

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  • Coronavirus: Advice on remote working

    Date. Tue, 24 Mar 2020

    THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. As home-based workers since the company began, Research Manager Arani Mylvaganam and Associate Consultant Sue Morgan give their advice on how to be as productive, efficient and happy as possible in your new work environment.

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  • Coronavirus: Advice on Individual Giving and Legacy

    Date. Mon, 23 Mar 2020

    THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article Michelle Chambers and Matt Smith give advice on Individual Giving and Legacy fundraising.

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  • Coronavirus: The impact on arts, cultural and heritage fundraising

    Date. Fri, 20 Mar 2020

    Martin Kaufman, Chair of the RAISE Steering Committee, looks at the impact of the current situation on the arts and culture sector, and how it really is ‘unchartered waters’ in a truly unprecedented way.

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  • Coronavirus: Advice for community fundraising

    Date. Fri, 20 Mar 2020

    THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article, Beccy Murrell looks at community fundraising, which she suggests could be the worst affected of all the fundraising disciplines.

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  • Coronavirus: Advice on leadership

    Date. Thu, 19 Mar 2020

    THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article Michelle Chambers gives advice for fundraising leaders on how they can play a vital role in navigating these difficult times.

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  • Coronavirus: Advice for supporter services

    Date. Wed, 18 Mar 2020

    THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article, Beccy Murrell gives advice for supporter services – which she describes as arguably the infrastructural backbone of fundraising.

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  • Coronavirus: Advice for corporate fundraisers

    Date. Tue, 17 Mar 2020

    THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article Grahame Darnell gives six important considerations for any corporate fundraising team at this time.

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  • Coronavirus: Advice on philanthropy

    Date. Mon, 16 Mar 2020

    THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In the second in this series, Simon Dickson explores the impact on philanthropy. Looking in particular at major donor, trust and foundation fundraising and special events.

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  • Budget 2020: What it means for charities

    Date. Fri, 13 Mar 2020

    Following this week’s agenda-setting Budget, Sam Boyle, Policy and Information Officer at the Institute of Fundraising, looks at what was announced and what it will mean for fundraisers and charities alike.

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  • Coronavirus: Advice for events fundraisers

    Date. Fri, 13 Mar 2020

    Over the next few days, THINK will be sharing some guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In the first in this series, Matt Smith looks at advice for event fundraisers and what they should consider in the current environment.

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  • Coronavirus: How fundraisers are responding, and what are the potential impacts?

    Date. Fri, 13 Mar 2020

    Following a meeting with the Minister for Civil Society and other sector leaders, Peter Lewis, IoF Chief Executive, looks at what the fundraising community is doing in response to the coronavirus and at some of ways the sector is likely to be impacted.

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  • Closing the gap on female leadership

    Date. Wed, 11 Mar 2020

    Last week we published our Missing Out research, as part of this Sarah Tite looks at the problems that persist within our work environment and what we can do to close the female leadership gap in fundraising.

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  • How a simple digital fundraising idea had huge returns for St Basils

    Date. Mon, 9 Mar 2020

    Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Basils, looks at how the charity’s successful Donate Your Homepage campaign, and says how it shows how sometimes it is the really simple ideas that are the most effective.

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  • Digital Welcome: More than a Thank You!

    Date. Mon, 9 Mar 2020

    Giannina Walsh, Individual Giving Manager and Stephanie Fletcher, Performance Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, look at how they have tested digital welcome journeys at the charity to improve attrition and cancellation rates.

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  • Six tips for integrating digital into fundraising

    Date. Mon, 9 Mar 2020

    Ella Pierce, Head of Digital Fundraising at Sightsavers, gives six tips that have worked for them in integrating digital into all areas of their fundraising and marketing.

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  • What do the Judges most want to see in National Fundraising Award applications?

    Date. Fri, 6 Mar 2020

    With the deadline for the National Fundraising Awards only a week away, this year’s judges were asked for the one thing they most want to see in the entries to the awards. Read their answers below

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  • Budget 2020: Is this the way to tax reform?

    Date. Fri, 6 Mar 2020

    Dan Fluskey, IoF’s Head of Policy and External Affairs, predicts what could happen at next week’s Budget including an inheritance tax cut, the introduction of Mansion tax and changes to income tax – and looks at how the IoF would respond.

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  • How Has Fundraising Changed Over the Last 20 Years?

    Date. Wed, 4 Mar 2020

    From the rise of social media and online donations, to a larger reliance on flexible workers – CharityJob's Stephanie Dotto takes a look at how fundraising roles have evolved over the last twenty years.

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  • Winning a National Fundraising Award has given me renewed focus, confidence and drive to achieve even more

    Date. Wed, 4 Mar 2020

    Suzie Rees won the Fundraiser of the Year award at last year’s National Fundraising Awards. She explains how winning the award felt like external validation for both herself and East African Playgrounds, the charity she works for.

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  • Give me an E, give me a D, give me an I

    Date. Wed, 4 Mar 2020

    Lizzie Ellis, Policy and Information Office at the Institute of Fundraising, says that an update to the diversity principle being consulted on as part of the proposed Charity Governance Code refresh would better help charities to have the right conversations at an individual level about equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

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  • How Chartered Status will help transform our profession

    Date. Fri, 21 Feb 2020

    The Institute of Fundraising’s Alex Xavier looks at how the membership body is looking to create new traditions with its charter, and what Chartered Status will mean for the fundraising profession.

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  • 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.

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  • Strong Customer Authentication: Keeping you up to date

    Date. Thu, 20 Feb 2020

    Paul Rodgers gives the latest update on Strong Customer Authentication and how these changes will impact fundraisers and charities.

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  • Becoming the Chartered Institute of Fundraising – A message from Peter Lewis

    Date. Fri, 14 Feb 2020

    Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, makes an announcement about the IoF's journey towards chartered status.

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  • A month in fundraising: 5 things you need to know

    Date. Wed, 12 Feb 2020

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • What is wrong with funders?

    Date. Wed, 12 Feb 2020

    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.

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  • ‘Winning the National Fundraising Award made me realise that I had achieved a massive success’

    Date. Wed, 12 Feb 2020

    Helen Maguire won the Rising Star award at last year’s National Fundraising Awards. She explains what winning the award meant to her, and how winning has impacted her career.

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  • 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.

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  • The Rise of the Remote Fundraiser

    Date. Mon, 10 Feb 2020

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Could we make grant reporting fun?

    Date. Tue, 4 Feb 2020

    Emily Dyson-Hawkes, Head of Communications at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, takes a look at principles for funders to adopt that help to ease the burden of grant reporting.

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  • Q&A: My experiences of being a RAISE mentor

    Date. Wed, 29 Jan 2020

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Why good fundraisers are already mental health champions

    Date. Tue, 21 Jan 2020

    Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, explains why fundraisers could be at the forefront of leading the sector in creating mentally healthy organisations.

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  • 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.

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  • In search of the supporter experience – the Holy Grail of fundraising

    Date. Thu, 16 Jan 2020

    Mark Dibden says that charities need to ask more of their data to turn it into genuine, actionable insight that fundraising teams and agencies can mobilise behind to grow long-term value.

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  • The climate crisis: Five shifts the sector needs to make in response

    Date. Wed, 15 Jan 2020

    The climate emergency is already upon us. Save the Children’s Kirsty McNeill discusses five shifts the sector needs to make in response.

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  • What is the sectors next biggest media channel and opportunity of growth?

    Date. Tue, 14 Jan 2020

    Investing in better technology to build greater and better connected volunteering communities could be transformational for many charities and the people that care for your cause, says Keith Williams.

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  • What is your #FundraisingResolution?

    Date. Fri, 10 Jan 2020

    We've been asking what your #FundraisingResolution for 2020 is. Below we have summarised a few from our IoF community. Let us know what yours is by sharing it on the hashtag.

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  • 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.

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  • After the Storm: Fundraising Research and GDPR

    Date. Tue, 7 Jan 2020

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • How to set the tone for an inclusive culture

    Date. Fri, 3 Jan 2020

    Lucy Caldicott, Founder of ChangeOut, reflects on the top things for senior leaders to think about when ensuring that their organisation maintains an inclusive culture.

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  • 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.

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  • The IoF's year in its policy work

    Date. Sat, 28 Dec 2019

    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.

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  • What defined 2019 for fundraisers?

    Date. Fri, 27 Dec 2019

    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.

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  • Our top five blogs from 2019

    Date. Mon, 23 Dec 2019

    As the year draws to a close, we have taken a look at our five most popular blogs from the year.

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  • 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.

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  • Back to the mission: What fundraisers should be thinking about for 2020 and beyond

    Date. Wed, 18 Dec 2019

    As 2019 draws to a close, PwC’s Andy Theedom looks at what fundraisers should be thinking about for the year ahead and challenges them to get back to their charities mission.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • So what is #newpower all about?

    Date. Fri, 6 Dec 2019

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Why we should be focusing on productivity to positively impact fundraising and frontline services

    Date. Wed, 27 Nov 2019

    Simon Baines from The Access Group takes a look at productivity and asks why the subject has not recieved the same amount of attention in the fundraising sector as it has elsewhere.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • How to make more out of death

    Date. Wed, 20 Nov 2019

    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.

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  • Innovation: Is it growth or value led?

    Date. Fri, 15 Nov 2019

    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.

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  • Fundraising for Impact: Insights from a trustee

    Date. Wed, 13 Nov 2019

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Innovation: How to build a workplace culture

    Date. Fri, 8 Nov 2019

    Henry Rowling, co-founder of Flying Cars, looks at what makes a workplace culture and says that innovation starts with your people.

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  • Accepting and refusing donations: Getting the balance right

    Date. Thu, 7 Nov 2019

    Following a recent roundtable on accepting and refusing donations hosted by the Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Commission, Sam Boyle takes a look at some of the main discussion points.

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  • 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.

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  • Memory failure: Why do donors not remember what we tell them?

    Date. Thu, 7 Nov 2019

    With an increasing number of people hitting retirement age, Richard Radcliffe takes a look at how to get older generations engaged in giving and how not miss out on this generous group of donors.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • ‘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.

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  • Trustees’ Week 2019: Trustees are missing a trick when it comes to fundraisers

    Date. Tue, 5 Nov 2019

    To mark Trustees’ Week 2019, Menai Owen-Jones, writes about why it’s time for trustees and senior leaders to shift the dial both about the value of fundraising, and fundraisers, in our sector.

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  • ‘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.

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  • To act ethically, leaders must live and breathe moral values

    Date. Wed, 30 Oct 2019

    In the final instalment of our series of blogs for Ethics Week, Andrew Watt examines the role of fundraising leaders in driving values-based ethical behaviour.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The even bigger picture of fundraising ethics

    Date. Wed, 16 Oct 2019

    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

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  • How philanthropy is becoming more democratic and inclusive

    Date. Tue, 15 Oct 2019

    Isobel Michael talks about the growth of giving circles and what this shows about how philanthropy is becoming more democratic, and that it means more and more people are becoming philanthropists.

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  • 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.

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  • #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.

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  • Do fundraisers have a duty to their beneficiaries?

    Date. Wed, 9 Oct 2019

    What, if any, duties to fundraiser owe to their beneficiaries? And if they do, where does such a duty come from? Cherian Koshy considers this as part of a series for Ethics Month.

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  • 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.

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  • '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.

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  • '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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • How our members have 'passed on something wonderful' this Remember A Charity Week

    Date. Fri, 13 Sep 2019

    Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, looks at what the campaign has been doing in its tenth year to challenge common misconceptions around legacy giving.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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