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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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  • One day at Fundraising Convention

    Date. Fri, 13 Jul 2018

    When I received a call from the IoF West Midlands Committee sharing the news that my bursary application for Fundraising Convention had been successful, I was more than a little elated. It’s been two years since I've attended Convention and with the sector continually changing, and many personal and professional growth opportunities in my role at The Haven Wolverhampton during this time too, I was eager to get down to London and learn.

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  • Plenaries inspire us to do better

    Date. Thu, 12 Jul 2018

    Three people made more than 3,000 of us stop to look at ourselves very differently last week. Between them, the plenary speakers at Fundraising Convention compelled us to consider our creativity, our cultural understanding and our mission for diversity. It’s what brought us to the Barbican Hall each day; that opportunity to truly reflect and be moved to create change.

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  • Coming soon

    Date. Thu, 12 Jul 2018

    We will be sharing the full blogs from our RAISE bursary awardees for Fundraising Convention 2018 here soon!

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  • Charity Tax Exemptions are more than just a ‘nice to have’

    Date. Mon, 9 Jul 2018

    I won’t deny it: taxation is hard to get excited about. However, at an estimated worth of £3.77bn a year for the charity sector, the benefits that tax reliefs bring are not.

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  • Celebrating the fundraiser

    Date. Fri, 6 Jul 2018

    Working in the non-profit sector can be tough but amazing, difficult yet rewarding – all of these things and more. At Blackbaud, we’ve always been close to the outstanding efforts made by fundraisers in charities of all sizes across the country – we work with them every day and get to see on an individual basis the remarkable things they do.

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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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  • Barriers and opportunities for donor experience

    Date. Thu, 5 Jul 2018

    Never before has the consumer of anything had so much choice and accessibility at their fingertips. From where we get our news, to which shows we watch, to access to new friends. The charities and causes we support, and the longevity of that support, are no different.

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  • Why we need to give supporters more control over their payments

    Date. Tue, 3 Jul 2018

    Recent years have seen a raft of new contactless and digital payment technology evolve to become fast, easy and convenient to suit today’s increasingly time-poor consumer. Adoption continues to rise and it’s clear that people are seeking out payment methods that work with their busy lives and variable finances, and this is just as true for charity supporters.

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  • Bullet journaling for personal productivity

    Date. Tue, 26 Jun 2018

    I started my bullet journaling obsession about a year ago when I was relatively fresh into freelancing and was on a personal development mission. One of the many podcasts I was listening to at the time caught my attention with a session on bullet journaling. The woman sounded so incredibly together, organised and focused; from her morning routine to her diet to her daily habits around running her business. She credited so much to her bullet journal and I was instantly hooked.

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  • 9 ways to get the most out of Fundraising Convention

    Date. Mon, 25 Jun 2018

    Next week sees the biggest annual gathering of UK fundraisers at the Barbican Centre in London. Fundraising Convention brings three days of learning, networking and inspiration to 2,500 individuals, who in turn will share their experiences with colleagues back at base. It’s a fabulous experience and one which I look forward to every year.

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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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