Coronavirus and Public Fundraising: Doing the right thing is not always an easy decision to make
Date. Tue, 31 Mar 2020
Liam McEntegart, Managing Director (Client Services) REAL Fundraising Ltd, looks at the difficulties in making public fundraising decisions around the coronavirus outbreak, and explains why getting contingencies put in place in advance means the sector should never feel they are torn between financial prosperity and public safety.
Peter Lewis: "The speech the Prime Minister should have made"
Date. Sat, 28 Mar 2020
With a continued lack of emergency funding to charities who are continuing to provide advice, assistance and care to those who need it, whilst also suffering a huge reduction in their incomes, Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, has written the speech the Prime Minister should have made at 10 Downing Street this week.
THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. As home-based workers since the company began, Research Manager Arani Mylvaganam and Associate Consultant Sue Morgan give their advice on how to be as productive, efficient and happy as possible in your new work environment.
Coronavirus: Advice on Individual Giving and Legacy
Date. Mon, 23 Mar 2020
THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article Michelle Chambers and Matt Smith give advice on Individual Giving and Legacy fundraising.
Coronavirus: The impact on arts, cultural and heritage fundraising
Date. Fri, 20 Mar 2020
Martin Kaufman, Chair of the RAISE Steering Committee, looks at the impact of the current situation on the arts and culture sector, and how it really is ‘unchartered waters’ in a truly unprecedented way.
THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article, Beccy Murrell looks at community fundraising, which she suggests could be the worst affected of all the fundraising disciplines.
THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article Michelle Chambers gives advice for fundraising leaders on how they can play a vital role in navigating these difficult times.
THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article, Beccy Murrell gives advice for supporter services – which she describes as arguably the infrastructural backbone of fundraising.
THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In this article Grahame Darnell gives six important considerations for any corporate fundraising team at this time.
THINK are sharing with us guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In the second in this series, Simon Dickson explores the impact on philanthropy. Looking in particular at major donor, trust and foundation fundraising and special events.
Following this week’s agenda-setting Budget, Sam Boyle, Policy and Information Officer at the Institute of Fundraising, looks at what was announced and what it will mean for fundraisers and charities alike.
Over the next few days, THINK will be sharing some guidance on how to approach fundraising activities against the backdrop of the current coronavirus outbreak. In the first in this series, Matt Smith looks at advice for event fundraisers and what they should consider in the current environment.
Coronavirus: How fundraisers are responding, and what are the potential impacts?
Date. Fri, 13 Mar 2020
Following a meeting with the Minister for Civil Society and other sector leaders, Peter Lewis, IoF Chief Executive, looks at what the fundraising community is doing in response to the coronavirus and at some of ways the sector is likely to be impacted.
Last week we published our Missing Out research, as part of this Sarah Tite looks at the problems that persist within our work environment and what we can do to close the female leadership gap in fundraising.
How a simple digital fundraising idea had huge returns for St Basils
Date. Mon, 9 Mar 2020
Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Basils, looks at how the charity’s successful Donate Your Homepage campaign, and says how it shows how sometimes it is the really simple ideas that are the most effective.
Giannina Walsh, Individual Giving Manager and Stephanie Fletcher, Performance Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, look at how they have tested digital welcome journeys at the charity to improve attrition and cancellation rates.
Dan Fluskey, IoF’s Head of Policy and External Affairs, predicts what could happen at next week’s Budget including an inheritance tax cut, the introduction of Mansion tax and changes to income tax – and looks at how the IoF would respond.
How Has Fundraising Changed Over the Last 20 Years?
Date. Wed, 4 Mar 2020
From the rise of social media and online donations, to a larger reliance on flexible workers – CharityJob's Stephanie Dotto takes a look at how fundraising roles have evolved over the last twenty years.
Winning a National Fundraising Award has given me renewed focus, confidence and drive to achieve even more
Date. Wed, 4 Mar 2020
Suzie Rees won the Fundraiser of the Year award at last year’s National Fundraising Awards. She explains how winning the award felt like external validation for both herself and East African Playgrounds, the charity she works for.
Lizzie Ellis, Policy and Information Office at the Institute of Fundraising, says that an update to the diversity principle being consulted on as part of the proposed Charity Governance Code refresh would better help charities to have the right conversations at an individual level about equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
Evolving agency partnerships and meaningful collaboration
Date. Thu, 20 Feb 2020
Agencies exist to help charity clients succeed in making a difference, with most having a genuine desire to support rather than just provide a paid-for service, says Helen Mackenzie, Chief Executive of telephone fundraising agency Purity Fundraising.
Felicity Spencer-Smith, Senior External Affairs Officer at the Institute of Fundraising, looks at five things you need to know this month – and one thing you need to do – as well as giving an insight into what the IoF has coming up soon.
Is your fundraising statement in your annual report compliant with the Charities Act 2016?
Date. Wed, 12 Feb 2020
Following a review into how compliant charities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are with the fundraising requirements in The Charities Act 2016, Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the Fundraising Regulator, outlines some key areas that should be included in their fundraising statements.
If fundraisers were to design the ideal funding system from scratch, what would it look like? Harriet Stranks, Director of Grants at Lloyds Bank Foundation, asks what is wrong with funders, and looks at why this is not a simple problem with a simple solution.
Five tips to stop your funding proposal from ending up in the bin
Date. Tue, 11 Feb 2020
When only 1 in 7 funding proposals can progress to the next round, how do you decide which 6 to bin? David Burgess, Director of Apollo Fundraising, offers five observations he has made that can stop your funding proposal from ending up in the ‘no’ pile, ahead of his session at the Trusts Fundraising Conference later this month.
The number of home-based fundraising roles posted on CharityJob has risen significantly since 2017, says Stephanie Dotto, as more charities and employees are realising the wide range of benefits of remote working.
LGBT+ History Month: Inclusion policies fail when they remain just policies
Date. Thu, 6 Feb 2020
To mark LGBT+ History Month, Lucy Caldicott looks at the experiences of the LGBT+ community working in the UK charity sector, and says that the act of opening up space for honest conversations amongst staff will create a more inclusive and healthy environment.
Applications to be a RAISE mentor are now open. Emma Smallwood, Development Manager at The Lowry, answers five questions about her experiences of being a mentor and says why she would recommend others to get involved in the programme.
Are will-writing firms wrong in their reporting of money raised for charity?
Date. Tue, 28 Jan 2020
Legacy consultant Richard Radcliffe and Jon Brewer, founder of Bequeathed, look at the two sides of the question of whether will-writing firms are correct in how they report how much money has been raised for charity.
Fundraising for Impact: What trustees, leaders, finance and fundraising professionals think
Date. Thu, 23 Jan 2020
Following the publication of the Fundraising for Impact report last May, Daniel Chan, Senior Manager at PwC, looks at the views of stakeholders and addresses return on experience, as well as looking to the future.
Resolutions, Global Donations, Giving Tuesday and other fundraising news
Date. Thu, 16 Jan 2020
Felicity Spencer-Smith, Senior External Affairs Officer, gives the low-down on the latest news updates in the fundraising world, including new years’ resolutions, a new Government – and asks for your thoughts on fundraising and direct marketing.
The Direct Marketing Code of Practice: Five things fundraisers need to know
Date. Thu, 9 Jan 2020
The Information Commissioner’s Office announced this week a consultation on an updated Direct Marketing Code of Conduct. Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the IoF, runs through what is in the updated Code and what fundraisers need to know.
Lawrence Simanowitz and Hannah Lyons from Bates Wells discuss what GDPR has meant for major donor fundraising from a legal and compliance position, ahead of a session at the Major Donor Fundraising Conference later this month.
Peter Lewis: Reflecting on fundraising's year ahead
Date. Mon, 6 Jan 2020
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of Institute of Fundraising, looks back at the last year for fundraising and at what the IoF's priorities are for the year ahead – and sets his own #FundraisingResolution for 2020.
New Year, New Decade: Ten Change Collective Resolutions for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Date. Thu, 2 Jan 2020
Elizabeth Balgobin, Interim Head of EDI at the Institute of Fundraising, gives her top ten tips for fundraisers and senior leaders on how to change fundraising into the equal, diverse and inclusive environment that we can all be proud of.
This year has been a big year for fundraisers, and for the Institute of Fundraising in terms of our policy work – from work on equality, diversity and inclusion feeding into our Change Collective objectives, to our collaboration with YouGov on our Public Perceptions research, which looks at what the public really think about the fundraising profession. In no particular order, below are five of our top reports, research and guidance that we have worked on this year.
As 2019 draws to a close, we take a look at the key things that defined the past year for fundraisers. Alice Sharman, Content Manager at the Institute of Fundraising, looks at five of those key developments and trends that have made 2019 such a significant one for fundraisers.
Recruitment: Stating a desire for diversity does not a diverse team make
Date. Mon, 23 Dec 2019
Lizzie Ellis, IoF Policy and Information Officer, looks at what the initial results from the recent survey on sector recruitment processes show us about how we can improve practices and what the next steps are for 2020.
Down-time recommendations from some of the sector’s innovative thinkers
Date. Wed, 18 Dec 2019
Adam Bryan, IoF’s Director of Partnerships & Innovation, ends the year by looking at the recommendations of some of the sector’s innovative thinkers and what they have been reading, watching and listening to.
How can fundraisers harness the passion the general election created for their own causes?
Date. Wed, 18 Dec 2019
Elections are a lightning rod for nearly all of the issues that charities work on, and as a national event raise emotions and energy like little else. Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, says the week after a seismic election result, the challenge for fundraisers is how to keep people engaged with these issues.
Why video is a great medium to reach a digitally-savvy and time-poor audience
Date. Tue, 17 Dec 2019
Dan Fletcher from Moore Kingston Smith says that video is a great medium for fundraisers to connect with their donors, and explains why they should enter the Creative Vision Awards this year for a chance to get their own charities' story out there.
The Diploma in Fundraising means I can access a network of like-minded individuals
Date. Thu, 12 Dec 2019
Ronnie Whiteside MInstF(Dip) graduated with the Diploma in Fundraising at the ceremony last month. In this Q&A he explains how he got into fundraising and what he got out of taking part in the qualification online.
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, looks at what the new power model shows us about movements and campaigning organisations, and what membership organisations like the IoF can learn from this framework.
Direct Mail: Two years on and it’s a completely different picture
Date. Thu, 5 Dec 2019
The National Youth Orchestra won the award for Best Supporter Experience at the National Fundraising Awards. As part of our Awards Showcase Nicolette Shaw, Development Director at the charity, explains what led up to this win.
Why we should prioritise ‘the how’ over ‘the what’
Date. Wed, 4 Dec 2019
Louise Morris, Founder and Director of Summit Fundraising, takes a look at why fundraisers need to be able to influence up, and says that if we can have fundraisers who can create powerful change internally, who knows how much more money could be raised.
What London Marathon Events has done to tackle the climate crisis in 2019
Date. Thu, 28 Nov 2019
Kenneth Foreman looks at the initiatives London Marathon Events has run this year to combat the climate crisis, and says that when people come together, we can make the changes needed to ensure mass participation events are making a positive contribution to tackling the climate emergency.
Why now is the time to embrace greener fundraising tools
Date. Wed, 27 Nov 2019
As the climate crisis is becoming more and more at the forefront of both fundraisers’ and donors’ minds, now is the time to be doing away with outdated and potentially environmentally damaging fundraising models and instead turn to greener alternatives, says Mike Phillips from Purepages Group Ltd.
5 big challenges corporate fundraisers face in 2020 (and how to overcome them)
Date. Fri, 22 Nov 2019
How can we maximise our corporate partnerships in 2020? In the lead up to the Corporate Partnership Conference on 2nd December, Jonathan Andrews from Remarkable Partnerships dives into the challenges and opportunities we have ahead.
Phil Zeidler, Co-Founder of DeadHappy, looks at why charities need to have more blunt conversations with their donors about legacies and death, and explains why charities should be talking about legacies with much younger donors.
What does ‘innovation’ really mean and what can the fundraising sector learn from inspiring innovators elsewhere? Adam Bryan, Director of Partnerships & Innovation at the Institute of Fundraising, takes a look.
As part of a series on Fundraising for Impact, following our research published alongside PWC in the summer, Suzanne Featherstone reflects on the current state of fundraising and what the future might hold for trustees.
Fundraising for Impact: The future of individual giving
Date. Mon, 11 Nov 2019
In a series of blogs following the Fundraising for Impact report published earlier this year, Kathryn Holloway from Friends of the Earth reflects on what the future of fundraising holds for individual giving.
Looking at philanthropy from the other side: A lesson for Chief Executives?
Date. Thu, 7 Nov 2019
Mark Goldring, who has had twenty years’ experience as a CEO of a range of charities, explains that his recent experience of working for philanthropists has made him realise that charity leaders could be playing an even bigger role in bringing in new donors – some that they often don’t even get to have a dialogue with. He explains what role they could play.
Safeguarding, Ethics Month, Probate Fee Hike and other fundraising news
Date. Thu, 7 Nov 2019
Felicity Spencer-Smith, Senior External Affairs Officer, gives the low-down on the latest news updates in the fundraising world, including a December election, Ethics Awareness Month and the latest resources on safeguarding.
How Your Personality Type Impacts Your Fundraising Efforts
Date. Wed, 6 Nov 2019
Discovering the most successful method of appealing to donors can take time. But have you ever stopped to think how your personality type might affect your fundraising approach? Stephanie Dotto from CharityJob explores what different character traits help us thrive in the workplace – and how knowing your personality type can benefit your fundraising career.
How Manchester Foundation Trust Charity won Fundraising Charity of the Year
Date. Wed, 6 Nov 2019
Manchester Foundation Trust Charity won Fundraising Charity of the Year at the National Fundraising Awards. As part of our Awards Showcase, Sarah Naismith, Director of the charity, explains how they received a 100% increase in fundraising income and went on to win the much coveted award.
‘The exclusion of disabled people from the workforce is an unnecessary waste’
Date. Tue, 5 Nov 2019
Manon Oliver, Trust and Foundation Fundraiser at Animals Asia, says that workplace obstacles for disabled people are many and varied, but that they need to have the courage to consider their biases and think about how necessary current work structures are.
‘Completing the Certificate in Fundraising was hugely rewarding and a significant amount of hard work’
Date. Thu, 31 Oct 2019
Chris Rainford MInstF(Cert) will be graduating with the Certificate in Fundraising at the ceremony at the Royal College of Nursing next month. He explains what he got out of the qualification, and how it had many similarities with completing an undergraduate degree.
Can you have too much of an ethical focus on donors?
Date. Wed, 23 Oct 2019
Our primary stakeholder in fundraising ethics is usually donors. But what happens when a balance of power in donor-fundraiser relationships becomes distorted? In the latest instalment of our blog series on fundraising ethics, Heather Hill looks at this sensitive issue.
Help us recruit for equality, diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession
Date. Tue, 22 Oct 2019
Elizabeth Balgobin, Interim Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Institute of Fundraising, is conducting a survey into recruitment in the fundraising profession in order to create an EDI Recruitment Toolkit. She outlines why the time for this research is now, what it hopes to achieve and why we want to hear from you.
How The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity put audience-insight at the heart of its legacy campaign
Date. Mon, 21 Oct 2019
Charlie Booth, Head of Legacies at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, explains how the charity’s successfully used audience-insight in their legacy campaign, leading to them winning Legacy Campaign of the Year at the National Fundraising Awards.
How can fundraising play its part in a positive future for civil society?
Date. Thu, 17 Oct 2019
Following the independent inquiry into Civil Society Futures and its subsequent report, we brought together a roundtable of our members to discuss its implications. We have now produced a discussion paper Civil Society Futures: Reflections on fundraising’s role and contribution. Peter Lewis and Dan Fluskey outline in this blog what the paper says and what the issues and challenges are for fundraisers.
In the third instalment of our special series on fundraising ethics, Rogare's Ian MacQuillin looks at how practical ethics relates to policy-making, and what extra insights we can glean from marketing ethics
Improving your donor experience through your payments process
Date. Mon, 14 Oct 2019
Rapidata’s Scott Gray looks at the role of the payment journey as part of your supporter's experience and finds that when done right it can go a long way in building building trust, longevity, and of course income.
#YouMadeItHappen: How Alzheimer’s Research UK is thanking supporters for a record year
Date. Fri, 11 Oct 2019
For #YouMadeItHappen day, Lucy Squance, Director of Supporter-led Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Research UK, explains how the charity is using the day to thank their supporters for fuelling a record-breaking year. She reflects on the progress that their supporters made possible during the last financial year and some of the ways in which her team is working to keep supporters engaged.
How to create a seamless supporter experience in a digital world
Date. Fri, 4 Oct 2019
Blackbaud’s Paul Doubleday looks at the importance of improving the supporter experience and the role that digital can play in creating a personal supporter journey that can significantly impact the total raised.
'The International Advanced Diploma has given me the skills to proactively adapt to challenges'
Date. Thu, 3 Oct 2019
Emma Louise-Singh graduated with the International Advanced Diploma back in November. She explains how the qualification benefits graduates by giving them the skills to be more proactive about assessing and reacting to the challenges that are on the horizon for the sector, and how it has particularly been of value in her role as a fundraising consultant.
'Fundraising ethics is about much more than sticking to the code and avoiding ‘tainted’ money'
Date. Wed, 2 Oct 2019
Fundraising’s professional ethics extends a lot wider than you might think. From a different perspective, argues Rogare's Ian MacQuillin, not asking for a sufficiently high gift could be seen as unethical.
Introducing Ethics Month: What is the right thing to do?
Date. Tue, 24 Sep 2019
As America's Association of Fundraising Professionals earmarks next month as 'Ethics Month', Institute of Fundraising's Dan Fluskey introduces a series of blogs curated by fundraising think tank Rogare's director Ian MacQuillin on current ethics debates within the sector and why the topic should be at the forefront of all fundraisers minds.
What our research tells us about public perception of fundraising careers
Date. Tue, 24 Sep 2019
Today we have published results of our YouGov survey exploring what the public think about working in fundraising. The data touches on the public’s perception on a wide range of issues, including asking what they think are people’s motivations for becoming a fundraiser; what skills they think are needed to do the job; and their understanding of how someone would go about getting a job in fundraising. The IoF's Alex Xavier looks at what the second in the research series shows.
Digital transformation is not really about digital – it is about people and culture
Date. Mon, 23 Sep 2019
Joe Freeman, Head of Digital at Bloodwise, spoke last week at the Institute of Fundraising’s Directors’ Forum event on a panel on Digital Transformation. Here he explains how digital transformation is about people, and most importantly it should be focused on those people your charity is trying to help.
How to get the medical profession on board with fundraising
Date. Wed, 18 Sep 2019
With continued pressure on the NHS budget and growing need to find new funding sources for the health sector, Andrew Watt, Chair of the IoF Health Sector Special Interest Group and Senior Principal at Accordant Europe, explores how hospital trusts, air ambulances and others can get the medical profession on board with fundraising.
Legacy donations, spending review, public perceptions and other fundraising news
Date. Fri, 13 Sep 2019
Want to know what you missed while on holiday? It was far from a quiet summer with a surprise prorogation of parliament, a surprise spending review, and a couple of really key pieces of data on legacies and the fundraising profession. Felicity Spencer-Smith, IoF Senior External Affairs Officer, summarises the busiest summer in quite a while.
How can we make fundraising a more attractive career?
Date. Fri, 13 Sep 2019
As this week sees the Institute of Fundraising release its first report in its Public Perceptions series, which looks at what the public think about fundraising, Matt Adams, Divisional Manager, Fundraising & Development at TPP Recruitment, explains what this infographic shows about public opinion of fundraising as a career.
Why a non-linear career path may be the best route forward
Date. Thu, 12 Sep 2019
With so many fundraisers starting their careers in other sectors, CharityJob’s Stephanie Dotto explains why this route to fundraising can mean more skills learned along the way and a better-rounded CV.