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.
Is there such thing as excellent foundation practice?
Date. Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Emma Hutchins, Policy and Communications Manager at Association of Charitable Foundations, explains the work the membership body is doing in promoting good practice in the foundation sector with its Stronger Foundation’s initiative.
'The Award has given me the confidence to go for things I never would have before'
Date. Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Andy King was the winner of the Best Fundraising Newcomer award at the National Fundraising Awards last year. He explains how things have changed for him since his win, and the opportunities and confidence it brought him.
‘We have failed to even address, let alone tackle, diversity’
Date. Thu, 14 Mar 2019
Harpreet Kondel is a Fundraising Specialist who sits on the Board of Fundraising Convention. She explains why she thinks the success of the #ChangeCollective will require a dramatic culture shift within the sector.
What the rise in digital fundraising jobs means for you
Date. Wed, 6 Mar 2019
Last year, the number of digital fundraising jobs posted on CharityJob increased by 20%. That means more and more charities are investing in technologically-savvy employees with their finger on the digital pulse. CharityJob's Stephanie Dotto looks at what this means, and two of the digital trends you are likely to see emerge.
The Payment Services Directive: What charities need to know
Date. Mon, 25 Feb 2019
This September new EU-wide legislation – Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) – is going to be implemented which will impact on online payments and donations. Every charity that takes online payments should be aware of what’s coming. Sam Boyle, Policy and Information Officer, provides an indication of what this might mean for fundraising.
Attracting major gifts: What can we learn from higher education?
Date. Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Gemma Peters, Chief Executive of Bloodwise, joined the charity after 13 years working at King’s College London and King’s Health Partners where she designed and led the World questions | KING’S answers campaign. The campaign raised over £610 million with most of the income coming through major gifts, with more than 37 donors giving over one million pounds. She looks at what fundraisers can learn from the higher education sector when attracting these types of donations.
#Thanksabillion: How the London Marathon has bucked the trend and kept on growing
Date. Wed, 20 Feb 2019
As the London Marathon announces it will pass the £1 billion mark of money donated to charities this year, Kenneth Foreman, Head of Charities at London Marathon Events Ltd, looks at the success of the iconic challenge and at the future of event fundraising.
'Empowering community fundraising volunteers maximises their potential to do more'
Date. Mon, 18 Feb 2019
Ahead of her session at the IoF Volunteer and Community Fundraising Conference, Charlotte Fielder, Head of Volunteering at Battersea, talks about the successful stewardship of community fundraisers and why fundraising is everyone’s business.
Why the power of a conversation can’t be underestimated
Date. Wed, 13 Feb 2019
Today we have published our guide on the effective use of telephone fundraising. Cristy Cunnick, Alex Weeks-Smyth and David Walwin from Ethicall, which supported the publication of A Good Call: Using the Telephone for Successful Fundraising, explain why telephone fundraising is still a valuable channel.
#ReclaimSocial: How RNLI uses social media as a force for good
Date. Wed, 6 Feb 2019
RNLI is involved with numerous partnerships, but it is the charity’s drowning prevention initiatives which have been making a splash online. RNLI’s Social Media Manager Rich Ward explains why social media is at the heart of its supporter comms, and why #ReclaimSocial is more than just a one day job.
How to apply a stewardship framework to different sized trusts and foundations
Date. Mon, 4 Feb 2019
Emma Edwards and Emma Thomson from Marie Curie look at how to design a stewardship framework for charitable trusts and foundations when they vary so much in size and structure, ahead of their session at today's Trust Fundraising Conference.
Nick Burne spoke at the Scottish Fundraising Conference 2018 on Facebook fundraising as a strategic activity. Here he shares his tips for three ways smaller charities can boost their Facebook fundraising this year.
'I never get bored of seeing the difference that fundraising achieves'
Date. Thu, 31 Jan 2019
Natalie Levin graduated with the Certificate in Fundraising back in November. She spoke to us about her work at Guide Dogs, how she balanced it with completing the qualification, and what those those sought-after designatory letters mean to her.
News briefing: The Beacon Collaborative, BT MyDonate, London Marathon and more
Date. Tue, 29 Jan 2019
In the first news roundup of 2019, Felicity Spencer-Smith takes a look at what’s happening in the fundraising community, including charity ethics and trust, a new philanthropic movement, and the latest in IoF news.
Emily Casson: Why I am recruiting more remote workers
Date. Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Emily Casson, Digital Marketing Manager at Cats Protection and a member of the IoF Expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, explains why more fundraising teams should embrace remote working and the benefits it has on employing a diverse workforce.
How to make sure we’re doing the right thing when no one is looking
Date. Fri, 18 Jan 2019
NCVO today published the Charity Ethical Principles, a guide which aims to be a benchmark of good practice. IoF Policy Officer Lizzie Ellis explains what the principles mean for the fundraising sector.
Stuart Adams, a solicitor at Mishcon de Reya LLP, explains why those in his profession are not the “enemies” of legacy giving they have been made out to be, and says that the role played by solicitors should be recognised.
Stewardship: Three key things major donors are looking for
Date. Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Ahead of next week’s Major Donor Conference and the session he is chairing on donor cultivation and stewardship, Mike Bartlett from Money Tree Fundraising highlights the three key themes that major donors are looking for before donating.
From GDPR to safeguarding scandals, 2018 has been another eventful year in the fundraising sector. The diverse range of topics covered in the blogs on the IoF blog page give a real insight into what the last 365 days have brought.
5 Soft Skills That Can Help You at Any Stage in Your Fundraising Career
Date. Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Your skills are your most important currency in the workplace. You spend years developing proficiencies and capabilities that benefit your fundraising and propel you forward in your career. But what’s often overlooked is the softer side of your job – the skills that build great relationships not only with your trustees but also with your colleagues.
Our research into public fundraising shows that the hard work of our members, charities and agencies, is paying off. Sam Boyle explains the success of the compliance framework in driving standards and inspiring charitable donations.
'The Certificate in Fundraising helped me get my dream job'
Date. Wed, 12 Dec 2018
Hayley Kenward MInstF(Cert), who graduated from the Certificate in Fundraising last month, answers questions on why she decided to undertake the qualification, the skills and knowledge that she learned from it, and explains how it helped her find her dream job.
There’s no silver bullet to improving public trust (but there’s lots we can do!)
Date. Mon, 3 Dec 2018
What’s the best way to respond and increase trust and confidence in charities? An expert panel of fundraisers gathered to discuss trust for the final session of last week’s Individual Giving Conference 2018. Felicity summarises the key points of discussion.
Richard Radcliffe looks at the possible “enemies” of a legacy fundraising campaign, and how fundraisers can overcome these barriers – as well as revealing the results of a poll he conducted at the IoF Legacy Conference 2018 on threats to legacies.