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  • 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.

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  • Chartered Journey: The legal perspective

    Date. Tue, 16 Apr 2019

    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.

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  • Chartered journey: What the future could hold

    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. Alex Xavier looks at the potential future of being authorised to award chartered individual membership, and what this could mean.

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  • 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.

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  • 'I was motivated to become a better fundraiser'

    Date. Thu, 11 Apr 2019

    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.

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  • GDPR: What we didn’t know last year...

    Date. Tue, 9 Apr 2019

    Today we publish our refreshed version of our GDPR: The Essentials for Fundraising Organisations guidance. Sam Boyle talks through what has changed and why we felt the need to update it.

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  • 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.

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  • Five key themes from the Digital Fundraising Conference 2019

    Date. Thu, 4 Apr 2019

    Following last month’s Digital Fundraising Conference, Sandra Padilla – the IoF’s own Digital Manager – looks at the five key themes and learnings that she came away with.

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  • How fundraisers use, and misuse, emotion - Part 1

    Date. Thu, 4 Apr 2019

    In the first of a two-part series on emotion and its use in fundraising, Ken Burnett explains why fundraisers should study emotions and learn to use them better.

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  • The future of online payments

    Date. Tue, 2 Apr 2019

    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.

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  • June Sarpong: 'It is really important for the charity sector to be diverse'

    Date. Thu, 28 Mar 2019

    Broadcaster June Sarpong explains why she thinks it is so important for fundraising, and the charity sector more widely, to be diverse.

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  • ‘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.

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  • 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.

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  • Corporate partnerships: Companies increasingly interested in smaller charities

    Date. Wed, 20 Mar 2019

    Grahame Darnell reveals some of the insights he has gained from corporate decision makers on their renewed appetite for working with smaller charities and grass-root organisations.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • '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.

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  • "It's having that professional qualification that shows I am really committed to the sector"

    Date. Thu, 14 Mar 2019

    Vajiha Hameed MInstF(Dip) graduated with the Diploma in Fundraising back in November. She explains how she found the qualification and why she would recommend it to anyone committed to learning.

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  • ‘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.

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  • Legacy update: Notification service and probate fees

    Date. Thu, 7 Mar 2019

    Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, gives an overview of what has happened in the world of legacies and the challenges to be faced over the coming months.

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  • 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.

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  • Five tips for using digital to increase impact, develop skills and improve sustainability

    Date. Tue, 26 Feb 2019

    Ahead of Zoe Amar’s session at the Digital Fundraising Conference next month, she has put together some top tips for how your charity should be using digital every day to achieve more.

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  • February news roundup: Five things you need to know

    Date. Mon, 25 Feb 2019

    Felicity Spencer-Smith provides a summary of all the key things that have happened over February in fundraising. Including news on probate fees, GASDS, and the latest in telephone fundraising.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 'We need to create a culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging'

    Date. Thu, 21 Feb 2019

    Sam Butler, Director of Fundraising at Tibet Relief Fund, explains why he is involved with the #ChangeCollective and what he would like to see the movement achieve.

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  • #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.

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  • '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.

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  • ‘I was told that as a disabled person I was just lucky to have a job’

    Date. Fri, 15 Feb 2019

    Jonathan Levy explains why he thinks the fundraising sector needs the #ChangeCollective and why the movement matters so much to him.

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  • 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.

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  • ‘It is a fight against what has been neglected for too long in a sector I love’

    Date. Thu, 7 Feb 2019

    Johnathan Ukueku answers questions on why he got involved with the #ChangeCollective and what the movement means to him.

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  • #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.

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  • Why it is time fundraisers embraced lifestyle giving

    Date. Tue, 5 Feb 2019

    Bianca Mitchell, Partnerships Director at Savoo, explains what lifestyle giving is and why 2019 presents new opportunities for the fundraising channel.

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  • 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.

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  • 3 ways to boost your Facebook fundraising in 2019

    Date. Mon, 4 Feb 2019

    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.

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  • '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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • ‘You never forget what it is like to be discriminated against’

    Date. Mon, 28 Jan 2019

    Charlotte Fielder explains how she got involved with the #ChangeCollective and what the movement means to her.

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  • Seasoning, substitution and skill: Trust fundraising beyond the recipe book

    Date. Wed, 23 Jan 2019

    Deanna Wolf explains why her fundraising practice is similar to her cooking - flexible and creative - ahead of her session at the Trusts Fundraising Conference 2019.

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  • 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.

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  • Legacies: A solicitor's view

    Date. Thu, 17 Jan 2019

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • What I learned at the Individual Giving Conference

    Date. Wed, 9 Jan 2019

    Nicola Sinclair attended the Individual Giving Conference and reported back on the messages and advice that she picked up.

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  • Legacies: A challenging year ahead?

    Date. Thu, 3 Jan 2019

    The last year was a great one for legacy fundraising, says Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, but there are still some key questions that will need to be addressed in 2019.

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  • Our top five blogs from 2018

    Date. Mon, 31 Dec 2018

    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.

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  • Why place-based giving is more than just a buzzword

    Date. Thu, 27 Dec 2018

    Following her attendance at the first ever GeNErosity Festival, Felicity Spencer-Smith says that putting the ‘place’ at the heart of fundraising campaigns can be a powerful tool to engage supporters.

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  • 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.

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  • A reflection on the year in fundraising

    Date. Fri, 21 Dec 2018

    Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, looks back on 2018 and says that now is the time to think longer term about what we really want to achieve, and how we want to get there.

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  • Staff picks: Some of our favourite fundraising campaigns from 2018

    Date. Thu, 20 Dec 2018

    The IoF team share their personal favourites from the year.

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  • A commitment to fundraising excellence

    Date. Wed, 12 Dec 2018

    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.

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  • '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.

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  • I’m proud to be a fundraiser … and a volunteer

    Date. Wed, 5 Dec 2018

    To mark International Volunteer Day, Jamie McIntosh reflects on how he's benefited from volunteering at the IoF - and more widely.

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  • 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.

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  • Legacies: Do you know your enemies?

    Date. Thu, 29 Nov 2018

    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.

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  • Five reasons why there is a bright future for fundraising

    Date. Tue, 27 Nov 2018

    There may be challenges and pressures facing the sector, but there is still a bright future for fundraising, says Dan Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research at the Institute of Fundraising.

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  • A future civil society must be grounded on mission

    Date. Fri, 23 Nov 2018

    As Civil Society Futures, the independent inquiry led by Julia Unwin, publishes its final report this week, Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, says that the sector needs to take this opportunity to look at where it has come from, and where it wants to be.

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  • The power of online: Embracing digital content

    Date. Wed, 21 Nov 2018

    Charities need to embrace online in producing content that audiences will engage with. Kingston Smith’s Creative Vision Award, now in its fourth year, provides the opportunity for them to do just that, says Edwina Kesner.

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  • Our Manifesto for Change to build an inclusive profession

    Date. Mon, 19 Nov 2018

    A reflection from Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, on why supporting the fundraising community to become more equal, diverse and inclusive is one of the biggest challenges for the whole charity sector.

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  • How to make your Thank You more effective

    Date. Tue, 13 Nov 2018

    A study out this month has concluded that more thought needs to be given to a ‘thank you’ communication – when an organisation responds to a donor after a donation is made – and that the type of thank you should depend on the charity’s relationship with the donor.

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  • If you work for a charity you are a fundraiser – and that includes the CEO

    Date. Mon, 12 Nov 2018

    Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter, explains why Shelter’s Executive Leadership Team and trustees have been out fundraising, and why that doesn’t just mean meeting major donors and senior corporate partners.

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  • Should You Be Working for a Small or Large Charity?

    Date. Thu, 8 Nov 2018

    UK charities range in size from a handful of employees to several thousand, so how can you be sure which environment is right for you? Whether you are looking for your next move or your first role in fundraising, CharityJob has summarised the pros and cons of working for both small and large charities.

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  • “Be prepared. I did the IoF Certificate in Fundraising….A year later I became the CEO!”

    Date. Wed, 7 Nov 2018

    Debbie Geraghty, Executive Director of Plymouth Music Zone, explains how doing a fundraising course led her down some unexpected paths...

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  • Budget 2018: A missed opportunity to deliver real change

    Date. Fri, 2 Nov 2018

    This week’s Budget was generally underwhelming for the fundraising and civil society sector more widely, but among these disappointments were some good policies for charities and their beneficiaries, says IoF’s policy officer Sam Boyle.

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  • 'It has helped me secure both short-term wins and long–term sustainable strategy'

    Date. Wed, 31 Oct 2018

    IoF Trustee and soon-to-be International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising graduate, Emma-Louise Singh MInstF(AdvDip), explains how – as well as the qualification taking her own fundraising to a whole new level – it has also helped in building the long-term strategy of organisations she works with.

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  • What's the latest in fundraising?

    Date. Tue, 30 Oct 2018

    A summary of the most recent updates in the charity fundraising sector. Including the latest on the Budget, safeguarding and trust, and the millenial generation's favourite charities.

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  • The role of media in society and the sector

    Date. Tue, 16 Oct 2018

    "Fake News!" Today the media can be blamed for many of our woes, whichever side of the political spectrum you sit.

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  • Future payments - the revolution is here

    Date. Mon, 15 Oct 2018

    Digital technology has revolutionised consumer behaviour and will continue to do so – how we interact with people, how we shop and how we donate. When we talk about disruption – a word often used – it is genuinely here.

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  • Magic Little Grant’s for charities under £50,000 turnover!

    Date. Fri, 12 Oct 2018

    Last year the IoF’s partners, Localgiving, awarded £100,000 in grants to 205 local charities and community groups through its Magic Little Grants Programme with the Postcode Community Trust.

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  • Long-term commitment is good for us all

    Date. Tue, 9 Oct 2018

    What 20 years of fundraising experience has taught us at Rapidata is that actually, while how you look after your clients has to be top priority, a wider commitment to the whole sector is vital if you are to excel on a long-term basis. And surely – as a supplier to and for the sector – it is not only the right thing to do, but it makes good business sense to do all we can to strengthen the fundraising environment and to encourage innovation.

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  • How four charities (and one cat) got behind Remember A Charity Week

    Date. Mon, 8 Oct 2018

    We saw countless examples of charities using innovative and creative ways to engage their supporters with the concept of legacy giving during during Remember A Charity Week 2018. Learn how four of our member charities used different approaches to make the most it.

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  • Three digital skills every fundraiser should have

    Date. Fri, 5 Oct 2018

    We live in a constantly evolving digital landscape. Whether we’re at home or in the office, we’re connected through the internet and social media, smart phones and smart watches, tablets and digital assistants. But how many of us see our digital skills as key career assets?

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  • How can the Budget support charity fundraising?

    Date. Thu, 4 Oct 2018

    As the political party Conference season draws to an end, we look to an important event in the political calendar – the Budget. We address three key areas that the Chancellor should focus on to make the Budget work for fundraising.

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  • How be great at legacy fundraising

    Date. Fri, 28 Sep 2018

    We are at a critical moment for charity legacy giving. As the once-in-a-lifetime intergenerational transfer of the baby boomer wealth begins to take place, we have a choice as to whether we are going to be good or great at legacy fundraising.

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  • Code overhaul – what you need to know

    Date. Fri, 28 Sep 2018

    Last week, the Fundraising Regulator announced a 10-week consultation on a new draft of the Code of Fundraising Practice. It’s been referred to as ‘an overhaul of the code’ by some, but fret not – you aren’t about to be asked to conform to a dramatic new set of fundraising standards. Instead, the consultation focuses on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the code.

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  • Four steps to great legacy fundraising

    Date. Thu, 27 Sep 2018

    We are at a critical moment for charity legacy giving. As the once-in-a-lifetime intergenerational transfer of the baby boomer wealth begins to take place, we have a choice as to whether we are going to be good or great at legacy fundraising.

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  • You've got direct mail

    Date. Tue, 25 Sep 2018

    Trust and frequency of communication are increasingly important to manage in charity marketing, but did you know talking to your supporters via post could help? Royal Mail research shows that mail is welcomed by recipients and offers higher response rates than email.

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  • Women in Fundraising – it’s not up to you to make a change, it’s up to us

    Date. Wed, 19 Sep 2018

    I was both shocked and inspired by the debate when I convened a panel discussion about Women in Fundraising at this year’s Fundraising Convention.

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  • What's your five-year career plan?

    Date. Thu, 13 Sep 2018

    If I asked you, “What’s your plan for the next five years?”, how would that make you feel? Have you ever made a long-term plan? Have you envisioned where you want to be in the future?

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  • Rewriting the rules on stewardship

    Date. Tue, 11 Sep 2018

    It turns out that when you join the first ever stewardship course at the IoF, the room can get a little giddy. A trainer who is practically jumping up and down with excitement and 19 delegates who bring so much energy to the table its almost palpable.

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  • Why you should build your personal brand

    Date. Mon, 10 Sep 2018

    In today’s communication fuelled world, most of us are happy to share our lives on social media. Even my 72-year-old father, new to the world of social media, happily posts photos of his latest golfing successes on Facebook. But are we using these platforms in the right way to develop and enhance our careers?

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  • Is segmentation our blind spot?

    Date. Fri, 7 Sep 2018

    Undoubtedly, we have seen some amazing charity campaigns and appeals achieve epic results and exceed everyone’s expectations. We marvel over the results and, as fundraisers, we’re encouraged to attempt to unpick them. Inevitably we’re trying to learn from them to achieve fundraising success within our own charity.

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  • A chance to win for lotteries

    Date. Thu, 6 Sep 2018

    Society lotteries have become a key part of fundraising, raising a record £255.56 million in 2016-17. But they are also the most regulated area of fundraising – with specific limits set on the amount of prizes that can be given and restrictions on annual sales.

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  • Fundraising briefing: What you missed on your summer holiday

    Date. Wed, 5 Sep 2018

    Summer tends to be quieter than the rest of the year, but there were still some bits of news that caught our eye. So whether you’ve been on holiday, busy or asleep over summer, here’s a summary of what you might have missed.

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  • More, better, together – a strategic review of giving in London

    Date. Mon, 3 Sep 2018

    Those of you who know me well will know that as well as being passionate about social causes, I’m also a bit of a Londonphile: having lived here for many years, worked in the City and for the Mayor, and having led two London-wide charities.

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  • Making fundraising for everyone

    Date. Wed, 29 Aug 2018

    It’s been six months since the Institute of Fundraising launched the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Panel. In that time, our expert panel, has analysed the current state of affairs and drawn out the specific issues that we need to address in order to increase the diversity of the fundraising profession.

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  • Can’t start a fire without a spark – how to build community relationships

    Date. Tue, 21 Aug 2018

    As community fundraisers we have a huge amount of methods and tools readily available that help us to find, build and grow successful fundraising relationships and the amazing news is, it’s free. Want to know the secret? It’s you.

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  • Why you should publicise your charitable status

    Date. Fri, 17 Aug 2018

    I have been struck by charities who aren’t able to maximise their fundraising efforts because the public is unaware of their charitable status. At least two of the charities participating on our Fundraising Health Check project have begun to address this in their new fundraising strategies.

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  • Charities have a problem, but it's not what you think

    Date. Thu, 16 Aug 2018

    There’s no shortage of opinions about the future of the third sector and how charities should be preparing and responding. Many say that charities need to transform their use of technology and become more future-minded. But if the sector is so behind the times, why aren’t we seeing more cracks appear?

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  • Learn to thrive in this new world of data compliance

    Date. Mon, 13 Aug 2018

    Some charities are well-equipped for this new world of data compliance we’ve entered, while for others attempting to ensure compliance and mitigating the potential damage is an ongoing challenge. Here, fastmap shares some of the problems GDPR has presented and how some charities have overcome them.

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  • Automation and authenticity can go hand in hand

    Date. Tue, 7 Aug 2018

    All too often, automation comes at the cost of authenticity. I believe this doesn't have to be the case. Learnt through working with our charity partners in implementing well over 30 different stewardship journeys for community fundraisers, we have gathered our best tips for merging authenticity and automation.

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  • Tea, cake and equality

    Date. Mon, 6 Aug 2018

    As a recent convert to the charity sector, I have been intrigued to observe the differences this sector brings in comparison to the commercial companies I have previously worked for – the abundance of cake, endless jargon and the inspirational can-do mentality from the people around me. However, one of the biggest surprises I’ve found is the predominance of women who work in this sector.

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  • The psychology of opting in

    Date. Fri, 3 Aug 2018

    There are many good reasons for putting supporters in control of how they are contacted but unfortunately, research shows these decisions are open to being biased by subtle factors. How the question is asked, for example, and the available options such as the default choice can be highly influential.

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  • 3 trends changing Facebook fundraising

    Date. Wed, 25 Jul 2018

    With so much talk about the power of Facebook, how could charities approach it better to improve their fundraising? If you think about it as much as I do, you start to realise Facebook is not one thing, but a set of tools that you can use in many different ways.

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  • A chance to learn from the wider sector

    Date. Mon, 23 Jul 2018

    As a sole fundraiser, meeting other fundraisers and sharing commonalities and challenges is so important. And as an arts and culture fundraiser, adapting fundraising techniques and showcasing creative success is equally crucial.

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  • Turn that buzz of excitement into better fundraising

    Date. Thu, 19 Jul 2018

    Fundraising Convention was memorable for so many reasons with a real buzz of excitement after a couple of very challenging years. We could have had relentless self-pitying GDPR moans and groans but we didn’t. That isn’t what Convention is about. It is about reflecting, learning, improving and embracing change and this year we had this by the bucket load.

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  • 5 ways to put your Convention learnings into practice

    Date. Wed, 18 Jul 2018

    I’ve come away from the three intense days at Fundraising Convention bursting with new ideas, inspired to invigorate processes and products in my own organisation, and with new contacts to help progress those ideas and my career.

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  • To support diversity and inclusivity, first understand your own privilege

    Date. Tue, 17 Jul 2018

    On the leadership panel at this year’s Fundraising Convention, I was introduced as the token white middle-aged middle-class, straight, able-bodied bloke, and asked how I dealt with that.

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  • Why we should all learn to embrace failure in our events

    Date. Mon, 16 Jul 2018

    The recent Events Fundraising conference held in June saw charities big and small, from across the UK, grapple with the issues affecting their events.

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  • Donor experience: what are fundraisers thinking and doing?

    Date. Sat, 14 Jul 2018

    Wishing a ‘happy anniversary’ appears to be in order. One year on from the Donor Experience Commission’s projects being published, the IoF wanted to find out what charities and fundraisers have been doing in their work on improving their own donors’ experience.

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