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  • How could you and your organisation benefit from a Lean In Circle?

    Date. Fri, 6 Jul 2018

    Lean In Circles are small groups which meet regularly to learn and grow together. They are dedicated to helping women step outside of their comfort zones and achieve their ambitions.

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  • How to make the most of networking at Convention

    Date. Fri, 22 Jun 2018

    There are networking opportunities a plenty at Fundraising Convention, as fundraisers from far and wide come together and share ideas and learn from one another. But do you dread walking into a room full of strangers tasked with networking? Why should you bother? Where do you start? What can you do to get the most out of it? Here are my top tips for making the most of networking at Convention.

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  • The seven quirkiest session titles at Fundraising Convention

    Date. Fri, 22 Jun 2018

    We're serious about challenging, empowering and inspiring your fundraising – and sometimes that means coupling amusing themes with insightful content. Take a look at the quirkiest titles in the Fundraising Convention 2018 line up, and don't miss your chance to see these and over 120 sessions in Europe's biggest fundraising event – bookings close at 2pm on 29 June!

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  • The future of corporate partnerships

    Date. Fri, 22 Jun 2018

    Next month, I’m speaking on a panel at the annual smorgasbord that is Fundraising Convention, about the Future of Corporate Partnerships. It’s worth noting that the last time I spoke at an IoF Conference on this topic, it featured robots, drones and pictures of my baby daughter – yes, you are reading that right – it’s amazing what sleep deprivation will do to you.

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  • We're celebrating the great work of our small charity members

    Date. Fri, 22 Jun 2018

    Small Charity week is about celebrating the work of small charities, and at the IoF we’re proud of our small charity members and the excellent fundraising they do. Just take a look at the IoF Awards nominees for great examples of small charity fundraising.

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  • Small charities must harness the support available in the sector

    Date. Thu, 21 Jun 2018

    Funding cuts and an uncertain economic landscape are challenges familiar to every small charitable organisation but, similar to those within the wider sector, arts, culture and heritage fundraisers continue to demonstrate a great capacity for resilience. Arts focussed organisations offer great examples of how creativity, flexibility and strong belief in the cause are vital to help ensure success in tough times, but we need to work more closely together.

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  • 'It helped me deliver more effective campaigns'

    Date. Wed, 20 Jun 2018

    Andy Heald, Director of Marketing and Fundraising Services at Yeomans, found the online Certificate in Fundraising so valuable that he later took on the online Diploma in Fundraising. Here, he shares what the experience was like and importantly, how his new expertise helped him deliver fundraising projects with excellent outcomes.

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  • Raising the profile of a train station bookshop

    Date. Wed, 20 Jun 2018

    In the summer of 2017, the 40-odd volunteers who operate the Pitlochry Station Bookshop were thrilled to learn that Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) – one of the six charities we support – had nominated us as Voluntary Fundraising Group of the Year in the Scottish Fundraising Awards. Imagine our excitement when we subsequently learned that we were on a short list of three to win the award.

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  • It’s true, size really doesn’t matter

    Date. Tue, 19 Jun 2018

    We all know the phrase ‘the best things come in small packages’ – well, being 5ft10 I’m not so sure that applies to me. But it’s true that the charity sector is full of fantastic small organisations delivering a big impact for those they serve. For Small Charity Week I wanted to reflect on the great work being done in Scotland and how small charities in Scotland can stand out.

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  • I volunteered at Scottish Fundraising Conference … and you should too!

    Date. Wed, 13 Jun 2018

    In 2017, I moved from Stirling University to work for Home-Start Glasgow South, a small local charity. I knew attending Scottish Fundraising Conference would be really valuable, particularly as I settled into the new job. Money was tight, so knowing volunteers could attend for free, I threw my hat in the ring.

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  • What's new in fundraising

    Date. Tue, 12 Jun 2018

    Felicity summarises the most recent updates in the charity fundraising sector, looking at the latest on the new civil society strategy, local charities' fundraising skills, and the release of the latest Civil Society Almanac.

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  • Ensuring confidence in online giving

    Date. Tue, 12 Jun 2018

    Online fundraising platforms have made an enormous difference to charity fundraising and give the public an easy and accessible way of supporting the causes they care about – particularly as an immediate response to an emergency situation.

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  • Do short term roles help or hinder your career?

    Date. Mon, 11 Jun 2018

    We know the charity sector is no stranger to short-term contracts, this is even truer when it comes to fundraising roles. Just how much of an impact does the commonality of six and 12 month contracts have? Are they negative, a lifespan of the role, or a chance to develop a broad and diverse skill set to continually improve your career?

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  • Building big digital movements

    Date. Wed, 6 Jun 2018

    The world of digital fundraising and campaigns is changing – and changing very quickly. Fundraising using the models, techniques and channels we’ve come to rely on (from direct mail to telemarketing and everything in between) is becoming increasingly difficult. The safe shores of yesterday no longer look so hospitable.

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  • Cash giving still adds up

    Date. Tue, 5 Jun 2018

    In the Spring Statement 2018, the Chancellor announced that HM Treasury would be launching a call for evidence on ‘cash and digital payments in the new economy’. Its publication caused a bit of a kerfuffle in the media around the potential removal of 1p and 2p coins from circulation, and the impact this could have on charity donations.

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  • Seize these five opportunities

    Date. Tue, 5 Jun 2018

    Navigating GDPR has been at times confusing, frustrating and stressful but the good news is that it challenges fundraisers to push innovation further and seize opportunities. What does the future hold now that we have pulled ourselves over the start line of GDPR?

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  • Scottish Fundraising Awards and why you should nominate

    Date. Thu, 31 May 2018

    When Neil Skene received the runner-up Excellence in Fundraising Award at the Scottish Fundraising Conference 2017, everyone at North East Sensory Services was so proud of his achievements and the contribution he and his team had made in the work of NESS. He lives our strapline of 'Achieving Independence for Blind and Deaf People'.

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  • Corporate partnerships: it’s all about the impact

    Date. Wed, 30 May 2018

    How do we go about building more impactful corporate charity partnerships? This was the question at the heart of the IoF Corporate Partnership Conference. Through practical examples of successful partnerships and open discussion, the speakers all highlighted the need to focus on engagement, breaking down silos and broadening conversations.

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  • A voice for suppliers

    Date. Wed, 30 May 2018

    The Suppliers Forum was set up last year to create two-way communications between the sector’s suppliers and the IoF: a way for both to jointly listen to, and learn from, each other and discuss the challenges facing the sector. It’s a group I strongly encourage other suppliers to join – for both the value you and your organisation will get out of it and for the wider good of the sector and those who work in it.

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  • The business case for booking a place

    Date. Tue, 29 May 2018

    I’ve always loved a good awards do and the National Fundraising Awards has long been a highlight on that front. When you’ve got a passion for fundraising and all that it achieves, it’s fantastic to be at an event that celebrates the best teams, campaigns and most inspirational individuals.

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  • Why your focus should be on millenials

    Date. Thu, 24 May 2018

    Innovation is, rightly, high on the agenda for many charities at the moment. The need for the services and support provided has never been greater but neither has the challenge of raising the funds required to provide them.

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  • Donor experience: Are we doing it all wrong?

    Date. Sat, 19 May 2018

    If we look at the most commonly used phrases in our sector at the moment, I’d hazard a guess that ‘donor experience’ must come a very close second to ‘GDPR’. We’ve had the Commission on the Donor Experience, we’ve got a new IoF Donor Experience Special Interest Group setting up the Donor Experience Project, we have donor experience teams and ‘donor experience’ is appearing in more and more job descriptions.

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  • Scottish fundraisers, your top networking event is here!

    Date. Fri, 18 May 2018

    How often have you heard that fundraising is a people to people business? It’s about relationships, communicating, and emotive compelling storytelling, nurturing and working in and through communities. However, recent months and years have seen a sharpened focus instead on process, compliance and risk especially with the advent of, dare I say it, GDPR!

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  • Come and join the community

    Date. Fri, 18 May 2018

    When we put out a call for content on the Community, Events and Volunteers track at Convention, we were overwhelmed by the many talented people willing to talk openly about how they work, what they tried, how they’ve adapted and innovated, what they’ve learnt – and gift that knowledge for you to learn from too.

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  • Big ideas for raising big bucks…

    Date. Wed, 16 May 2018

    It’s a boom time for UK philanthropy, driven by new and repeat million pound donors. What a time to be a major donor fundraiser! But it isn’t always easy when you’re dealing with some of the world’s richest and most influential people. They have expectations and we need to make sure we deliver them. We need to know who to approach and how to approach them so that we can keep up with one of the fastest growing elements of fundraising activity.

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  • Engagement, dialogue, and audacity: What we need from the new civil society strategy

    Date. Tue, 15 May 2018

    When the consultation was announced on the government's new civil society strategy, there were some sceptical voices heard, especially when it had been specifically stated there was no new money attached.

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  • Raise more through legacies – come to Convention

    Date. Mon, 14 May 2018

    ‘An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest’, so said the great American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin. Had the IoF existed in Franklin’s 18th century, he could easily have been talking about Fundraising Convention.

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  • Partnership strategies you’ll learn at Convention

    Date. Fri, 11 May 2018

    No two partnerships are the same, nor should they be, and for me this is one of the best things about working in corporate partnerships. There are however some key strategies which are clearly evident in the most successful partnerships out there and which delegates will have the chance to discuss and find out more about at this year’s Fundraising Convention.

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  • Bold new ways to give donors what they want

    Date. Tue, 8 May 2018

    We use a lot of jargon words in fundraising. We aren’t unique. We share this joy with every other sector. Our own private language that allows us to talk in code, sort of convinced we fully understand each other. It is both a blessing in communication efficiency and a wall between us and authenticity.

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  • The impact on culture organisations

    Date. Fri, 4 May 2018

    In the 10 years I have been attending the Institute of Fundraising Convention, it has given me a better understanding of fundraising across every stream and type. I have always left feeling energised, excited and inspired and full of new ideas and concepts that I have learnt.

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  • Vital culture sector learnings: Convention

    Date. Fri, 4 May 2018

    In the 10 years I have been attending the IoF Fundraisng Convention, it has given me a better understanding of fundraising across every stream and type. I have always left feeling energised, excited and inspired and full of new ideas and concepts that I have learnt.

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  • 'Hope is critical in your ability to change the world'

    Date. Wed, 2 May 2018

    I’ve just gotten back from a 10-day trip to New Orleans, partly pure fun and partly attending the international fundraising conference of IoF’s North American cousins, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFPs).

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  • The unexpected turn of events

    Date. Tue, 1 May 2018

    Marathons, mud runs, team trials and immersive experiences – it seems like there’s an event for everyone in today’s eclectic market. We saw rapid growth in the events sector up to 2016, with a 700% increase in online fundraising and events pages. The explosion of options left budding participants spoilt for choice. But as the market matures and begins to slow, where does this leave the charity trying to make its mark in the events space? In an increasingly competitive and crowded market beset by sponsorship fatigue, are we wise to continue chasing the next big thing?

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  • 'I'd never experienced this before'

    Date. Fri, 27 Apr 2018

    I began my role with Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home on 2 October, 2017. On my second day in the job, I attended the Scottish Fundraising Conference in Glasgow. I don’t have a fundraising background; I’d worked in financial services recruitment before joining the Home. So, if I’m being totally honest, I didn’t really know what to expect from the event.

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  • This group regularly donates to charity – are you reaching them?

    Date. Thu, 26 Apr 2018

    It’s a tough time for fundraising. A crowded sector with increased regulation, a skills shortage, cuts to traditional funding streams and countless good causes fighting for donations. These challenges come against the backdrop of economic and technological change.

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  • Are you reaching this generous group?

    Date. Thu, 26 Apr 2018

    It’s a tough time for fundraising. A crowded sector with increased regulation, a skills shortage, cuts to traditional funding streams and countless good causes fighting for donations. These challenges come against the backdrop of economic and technological change.

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  • Tackling the challenges of growing major donor income: a leadership perspective

    Date. Mon, 23 Apr 2018

    Many organisations see growing income from high net worth individuals (HNWIs) as integral to their fundraising strategy. Yet achieving this growth is difficult, even for large organisations with a history of securing big gifts.

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  • Four things holding your grant proposal back

    Date. Tue, 17 Apr 2018

    It's difficult to know what funders are really thinking when they read your application – trust fundraiser Marina Jones reveals four common mistakes people make. Marina will co-host an interactive workshop and Fundraising Convention 2018, that promises to provide real insight by critiquing your (confidential) proposals.

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  • Make your fundraising career flourish

    Date. Mon, 16 Apr 2018

    If you’re already established in a fundraising career, you may be in a position to think about your next move. Whether you’re at the start of your career or experienced, whether you’re a face to face fundraiser or deal with corporate sponsorships, these essential tips from CharityJob could help you progress your fundraising career.

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  • Adapting to the new data world

    Date. Fri, 13 Apr 2018

    The last few years have been a roller-coaster ride if you work in or around a charity, especially in fundraising. The 2015 fundraising crisis and subsequent regulatory changes in law and the Code of Fundraising Practice saw the common practices of selling, renting and swapping supporter data, and cold telephone fundraising, quite suddenly disappear. The sudden loss of such major cold data sources has had a huge knock on effect for how charities recruit new donors and fundraise, especially when using direct mail.

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  • Securing that ‘perfect’ partnership

    Date. Thu, 12 Apr 2018

    Building a new corporate partnership that delivers vital income and wider benefits for your charity – whilst meaningfully offering value to the organisation – is hard work. When chatting to other corporate fundraisers, some common themes emerge about the challenges we face.

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  • Enabling and developing our profession

    Date. Tue, 10 Apr 2018

    Liz Tate, Director of Fundraising at Battersea, says she felt a responsibility to give back to the sector in challenging times when she became an IoF trustee. If you're passionate about enabling excellent fundraising, read what Liz has to say about the role and consider joining our ranks.

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  • Shape the way forward

    Date. Tue, 10 Apr 2018

    Irene Chambers, Fundraising Manager at Kidneys for Life, was an advocate for bringing more training to regional fundraisers as an IoF trustee. Working for a small charity, she has offered as much as she has learned in her six-year term.

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  • Scary, absorbing and thought-provoking

    Date. Mon, 9 Apr 2018

    “I am off to a conference on compliance,” I said to a friend, “That sounds like a barrel of laughs,” came the reply, summing up a common misconception of the subject. Well, I am happy to say the first IoF Compliance Conference certainly proved my friend wrong. There were quite a few laughs, and I returned to Battersea with new ideas on cyber security, lotteries and more!

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  • Satisfaction and commitment

    Date. Sun, 8 Apr 2018

    An obsession with short-term financial key performance indicators is the single biggest reason that donors are dissatisfied with the way charities fundraise, but if all we measure is income we won't change anything. In this piece, Roger Lawson argues that, if we're serious about improving our donors’ experiences, the first thing we should change is what we measure.

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  • Insight is playing a greater role than ever in fundraising

    Date. Fri, 6 Apr 2018

    There has quite possibly never been a more important time to share and celebrate the good use of insight in fundraising. With charities increasingly challenged to find ways of engaging new supporters and growing income within the bounds of new regulations, data analytics and insight are playing an ever-greater role.

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  • How I gained credibility as a fundraiser

    Date. Thu, 5 Apr 2018

    When our school first started consulting with a view to running a major campaign to fund three new buildings, I emphatically told the Chair of the development committee I was not interested at all in raising money. But as I was already heavily involved, it made sense so reluctantly, I agreed.

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  • Help us achieve our vision

    Date. Tue, 3 Apr 2018

    Isobel Michael, Director of NFP Philanthropy, wanted to be a voice for small and regional charities, so she applied to be an IoF Trustee. Read her words on how she made her mark and why she'd encourage others to be trustees.

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  • What's new in fundraising

    Date. Wed, 28 Mar 2018

    Felicity summarises the latest goings on in the charity fundraising sector, looking at the latest on giving and public trust, Government’s review on 1p and 2p coins, and a charity focus on BBC Radio 4. It’s been a busy month for the sector, here’s what you might have missed:

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  • We need to talk about diversity

    Date. Wed, 28 Mar 2018

    A few years ago, my eldest son asked “Daddy, why is your skin and grandma’s skin and Jajja’s – the traditional word for grandparent in Uganda – skin brown, mommy’s skin is pink and mine and my sister’s skin is different?” He had realised, despite the love of our big connected family and our efforts to celebrate our children’s dual heritage and cultural background - Irish and British via Ugandan roots – that we were different.

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  • (Legitimately) interesting times

    Date. Fri, 23 Mar 2018

    Fundraiser 1: “There’s light at the end of the tunnel, the guidance is almost here.” Fundraiser 2: “Don’t get excited. I’ve been here before, you’ll wish you were back in the tunnel.” Well, we are out of the tunnel and the Legitimate Interests guidance from the ICO has now arrived.

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  • Diversity drives innovation

    Date. Thu, 22 Mar 2018

    For me, the topic of diversity and the broad range of under-represented groups in fundraising really strikes a chord. I’m proud to work for Scope, a charity that works incredibly hard to get disabled people into, and staying in, employment. I'm also proud to be on the board of the IoF Fundraising Convention where there will be a focus on how we can all make the sector more diverse.

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  • 6,000 heads are better than one

    Date. Mon, 19 Mar 2018

    It’s said that everyone has one book in them.

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  • Proving it's possible – Autistica award win a game changer

    Date. Fri, 16 Mar 2018

    Since Autistica won two IoF National Fundraising Awards last year, there has been a palpable sense among the team that we can achieve things that appear impossible for a charity our size – we have the proof that we can do it!

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  • Recognition a worthy reward – Crisis on the impact of awards

    Date. Fri, 16 Mar 2018

    We felt honoured at Crisis to win the IoF National Fundraising Awards 2017, Fundraising Charity of the Year and Best Individual Giving Campaign. Externally, it was a stamp of quality that built trust and confidence among our supporters. Internally, we saw the award as validation of some of our core organisational values.

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  • Fundraising health check – cut your reliance on grants

    Date. Thu, 15 Mar 2018

    One of the aims of IoF Cymru’s Fundraising Health Check and Executive Coaching Project is to help charities reduce their reliance on grant funding. To be eligible to participate in the Fundraising Health Check aspect of the project, charities need to have less than £50,000 in voluntary income (excluding grants).

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  • Applying for a Comic Relief grant? Here are five things you should know

    Date. Tue, 13 Mar 2018

    Comic Relief is the red-nosed charity that needs no introduction. As a household name in the UK, and growing presence in the US, each year it makes £100 million+ in grants to support vulnerable communities around the world. And chances are, if you’re a UK-based fundraiser in this field, you’ve interacted with them in some capacity.

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  • Cultivate creativity with these six sessions

    Date. Mon, 12 Mar 2018

    Creativity is an often discussed but rarely understood capability within any charity. We are always being asked to come up with more innovative and interesting fundraising, but how often do we really invest in the underlying ability to do new things? Here’s how you and your team can use the IoF Fundraising Convention to do just that.

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  • What the judges are looking for

    Date. Fri, 9 Mar 2018

    If you’re thinking about nominating in the National Fundraising Awards, it will help to know what will appeal to our judges. Here, Haseeb Shabbir of our judging panel offers some insight, revealing what he’ll be looking for when he scrutinises the Awards nominations in the coming months.

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  • Seven steps to qualification success

    Date. Thu, 8 Mar 2018

    Experienced tutor Claire Routley shares her advice for completing an IoF qualification. It's all about planning and knowing what you want. Read on for the advice that will not only prepare you, but help you decide if it's your time to study.

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  • Talk your boss into budget sign off

    Date. Wed, 7 Mar 2018

    So you’ve seen the programme for this year’s Fundraising Convention and you really want to attend. But there’s the pesky matter of how you’ll persuade your boss to sign off the budget. Pro tip: focus on how it will help you meet your objectives – I’ll even do the hard work for you!

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  • What women (in fundraising) want

    Date. Wed, 7 Mar 2018

    For the last few months, in my spare time outside of my role at the Institute, I’ve been involved in coordinating a project – What Women Want 2.0 (WWW 2.0) – which asked women across the UK a simple question, ‘what do you want?’. More than 8000 women responded, with an end to violence and harassment, social justice and freedom from expectations as just a few of their priorities.

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  • Make the most of your face-to-face team

    Date. Tue, 6 Mar 2018

    If there’s one thing that came across when listening to the Meet the Fundraiser panel session at this year’s IoF Face-to-Face Conference, it’s that face-to-face fundraisers love a good conversation.

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  • Fame, fortune, fundraising?

    Date. Tue, 6 Mar 2018

    You may sometimes wonder what the point of awards shows are. On Sunday evening we witnessed the 90th Oscar ceremony where the remarkable Shape of Water won the top honour for Best Picture. The headlines were also about inclusion, diversity and female empowerment.

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  • Let's build a fairer society

    Date. Tue, 6 Mar 2018

    What should government be doing to strengthen civil society? How can they support and unlock the full potential of people, partnerships and places to build a stronger society? These are the questions that the Office for Civil Society is seeking to answer in its ‘open conversation’ launched last week.

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  • Face-to-Face: 7 Essential Tips to Improve Consent

    Date. Mon, 5 Mar 2018

    GDPR will make gaining and maintaining the right to contact supporters more challenging than ever. This means that face-to-face fundraising should not only be used to drive donations, but also as a valuable method of getting consent from new supporters.

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  • Why we should celebrate

    Date. Mon, 5 Mar 2018

    You may sometimes wonder what the point of awards shows are. On Sunday evening we witnessed the 90th Oscar ceremony where the remarkable Shape of Water won the top honour for Best Picture. The headlines were also about inclusion, diversity and female empowerment.

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  • What’s in it for freelancers and consultants? – Fundraising Convention 2018

    Date. Tue, 27 Feb 2018

    When I decided to enter the brave new world of freelance fundraising consultancy, I made a commitment to myself to continue to invest in my own professional and personal development. The reality of juggling numerous clients, projects and deadlines sometimes means that this is easier said than done. But for me, it’s critical to stay connected with the latest developments in our sector.

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  • A humbling generosity which drives us all

    Date. Tue, 27 Feb 2018

    Lyndall Stein’s fundraising career impressed the judges and audience alike at the 2017 National Fundraising Awards. Her Lifetime Contribution Award win gave the humble and generous Stein a platform to thank her peers and kind strangers:

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  • What’s in it for freelancers and consultants? – Fundraising Convention 2018

    Date. Mon, 26 Feb 2018

    When I decided to enter the brave new world of freelance fundraising consultancy, I made a commitment to myself to continue to invest in my own professional and personal development. The reality of juggling numerous clients, projects and deadlines sometimes means that this is easier said than done. But for me, it’s critical to stay connected with the latest developments in our sector.

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  • Leading the way

    Date. Fri, 23 Feb 2018

    Rebecca Elliott of Amnesty International UK shares how the Future Leaders Programme has given her the skills and techniques to take the next step in her career. Read how the programme has strengthened her work and helped her take on new projects with great pride.

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  • The brave new world of face-to-face

    Date. Fri, 23 Feb 2018

    It’s time to step back and look at face-to-face afresh, to widen the lens and review each channel within a broader fundraising context.

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  • Setting the pace – small charity delivers big event

    Date. Thu, 22 Feb 2018

    A small team at Kidney Wales is behind one of the top 10K running events in the country. Director Nic Clarke takes us through the hard work and history that turned this 250-participant event into an 8000-participant event.

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  • The new voice we should adopt

    Date. Wed, 21 Feb 2018

    Artificial intelligence is not just the future of fundraising, it’s happening right now – just ask Alexa.

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  • The boat that rocked for charity

    Date. Tue, 20 Feb 2018

    Once word got out about our legacy campaign, the list of 60s icons getting on board, including the likes of Twiggy and Ringo Starr, grew. So too did the number of people leaving gifts in Wills and enquiries about legacy giving – it was our most successful awareness week ever.

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  • Learn to unlearn – debate and challenge is the best thing about Convention

    Date. Thu, 15 Feb 2018

    The fundraising sector is uniquely supportive. No other industry shares its ideas, results, and even tales of ‘that didn’t go so well’, so openly to help us all learn, grow and avoid future blunders. The IoF Fundraising Convention is THE place where this happens and that is why you should attend.

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  • What does the Oxfam story mean for fundraising?

    Date. Thu, 15 Feb 2018

    Since Saturday, Oxfam have been front page news. I don’t think there’s a national newspaper that hasn’t had the story covered extensively.

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  • Learn to unlearn – debate and challenge is the best thing about Convention

    Date. Thu, 15 Feb 2018

    The fundraising sector is uniquely supportive. No other industry shares its ideas, results, and even tales of ‘that didn’t go so well’, so openly to help us all learn, grow and avoid future blunders. The IoF Fundraising Convention is THE place where this happens and that is why you should attend.

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  • Love thy team

    Date. Wed, 14 Feb 2018

    If there was an industry award for resilience, then fundraisers would be at the top of that shortlist. Whether we stand in the rain with a bucket, pitch to an audience of Financial Times Stock Exchange employees, write appeals or cheer on marathon runners – each year can feel tougher than the last. Yet, this doesn’t stop us leaping out of bed, taking a sip of optimism and committing to being the best fundraisers we can be.

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  • First Fundraising Health Check Completed by Keep Wales Tidy

    Date. Tue, 13 Feb 2018

    Keep Wales Tidy have become the first charity to develop a new fundraising strategy as part of IoF Cymru's Fundraising Health Check and Executive Coaching project.

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  • What I did to win more bids

    Date. Thu, 8 Feb 2018

    As someone who has overcome an entrenched drug issue, I am passionate about ensuring we have the resources to give people a chance at living without drugs and alcohol and enjoying a productive and healthy existence.

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  • Three myths about fundraising that need exploding

    Date. Thu, 8 Feb 2018

    It’s fair to say that fundraisers have had a bad rap in the past few years, with a succession of negative media headlines, political criticism and fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office. It's no wonder that some people who ask for money for good causes for a living tell me they now dodge the ‘what’s your job?’ question at parties.

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  • Is it time to start recruiting fundraisers from outside of the sector?

    Date. Tue, 6 Feb 2018

    Well, it’s a little bit of an inflammatory article title, but there’s a deep vein of truth in it.

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  • Committing to diversity – reflections as we embark on a journey

    Date. Mon, 5 Feb 2018

    We took a big, and quite daunting, step for the Institute last week, setting up our new expert advisory panel on equality, diversity and inclusion.

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  • Small charities can feel confident that the sector wants them to survive and thrive

    Date. Fri, 26 Jan 2018

    As I stood shivering on a remote station platform in Devon at 5:30am on Thursday morning I was hopeful of a day that would hold in store a number of things (and not just a train with heating and an open buffet car!). I was travelling to London to be part of the DCMS and IoF Small Charities Summit that would explore how we, as a sector, could champion the work of small charities, equip them to fundraise and help them grow for the future.

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  • How Amnesty increased first year F2F retention by 12 points

    Date. Mon, 22 Jan 2018

    a.k.a. are all supporters the same or not? Hard to tell looking at sector ‘best practice’…

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  • Imagine you’re a noodle …

    Date. Tue, 16 Jan 2018

    As we look forward to seeing your entries in the IoF National Fundraising Awards, Open has shared some insight into how its Mindful Monsters campaign became a DMA award-winner.

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  • Virtual reality shows a story words can’t tell

    Date. Thu, 11 Jan 2018

    VR beyond extreme sports and exotic locations – one charity is using it to show us what it’s like to have dementia and is captivating a bigger audience in the process, writes Laura Phipps PhD, Head of Communications and Engagement at Alzheimer’s Research UK, and speaker at the IoF’s recent Digital Inspiration Conference.

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  • SMS for lottery – beware the pitfalls

    Date. Wed, 10 Jan 2018

    Great news, SMS is now available as a means to enter a society lottery. This has been a long awaited facility and those societies with lotteries are probably celebrating.

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  • How to be a fundraising champion

    Date. Tue, 9 Jan 2018

    Rebecca Curtis-Moss on why you should consider submitting a paper to the Scottish Fundraising Conference.

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  • Don’t get left behind

    Date. Mon, 8 Jan 2018

    As we all know, May is set to be an important month with one of the biggest events of the year. No, not the royal wedding – we have just 20 weeks until GDPR comes into force. With public holidays and weekends, that’s less than 100 working days left.

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  • Your passion prevailed: 2017 in review

    Date. Wed, 20 Dec 2017

    This was always going to be a year to challenge us all, but 2017 delivered so much more. While both refocusing attention on donor engagement and complying with ever-changing regulation were a central focus, I’m proud to say the fundraising community has not lost sight of its passionate and innovative heart.

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  • The future is now

    Date. Fri, 15 Dec 2017

    As we look forward to welcoming our sixth Future Leaders Programme cohort in January, one of our past participants shares where he is at two years on. We caught up with Chris Millward, now CEO at the Institute of Legacy Management (ILM), on how his learning in 2015 is continuing to have a major influence over his work in 2017.

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  • Three crucial days in my 2018 calendar – here’s why

    Date. Wed, 13 Dec 2017

    Matthew Cull, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Blue Cross and IoF Convention Board Member, expounds on the Fundraising Convention and how necessary it is for fundraisers at every stage in their career.

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  • The Fundraising Regulator's Code consultation on data protection: our final response

    Date. Fri, 8 Dec 2017

    The Institute of Fundraising welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the Fundraising Regulator’s consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice (the Code) reviewing data protection. With GDPR coming it is of course a hugely important area, and one where there has been a lot of debate and discussion.

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  • Shake it up for the festive period

    Date. Mon, 4 Dec 2017

    Stumped for new fundraising ideas this festive season? Need to start thinking of campaigns for the New Year? CharityJob have some ideas...

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  • Cheers to a year of excellent fundraising!

    Date. Fri, 1 Dec 2017

    Attendees at the IoF Parliamentary Reception this week were heartened by Lyndall Stein’s true story about the donation she never forgot.

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  • The Science of Engagement

    Date. Wed, 29 Nov 2017

    If you think about fundraising and engagement, donors – existing or potential, are the first people you might think of. But could we have greater success if we first improved how we engaged our staff?

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  • Virtual Events – combining fitness, fundraising and technology

    Date. Tue, 28 Nov 2017

    Blockbuster, speed dating and the Nokia 8210 were all things we loved. In 2004. The world has changed and digital is the future, our lives are run through smart phones and apps, and the event fundraising landscape is starting to look like that too.

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  • Leading the way on individual fundraising

    Date. Wed, 22 Nov 2017

    Experts at the IoF Individual Giving Conference have shared their formulas for campaigns that have dramatically increased donations.

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