Why direct mail lies at the very heart of great fundraising
Date. Wed, 20 May 2020
As Royal Mail MarketReach and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising today launch their guide to direct mail fundraising, Mark Phillips from Bluefrog Fundraising looks at why direct mail is the one approach he trusts over the long-term, and how its strength as a fundraising channel is clear now more than ever.
What the current environment shows us about donor motivations
Date. Fri, 15 May 2020
Gill Jolly, from the IoF Health Special Interest Group, says that there are lessons to be learnt from Captain Tom's fundraising efforts and from the support for key workers during the Thursday night clap, and that when we think about fundraising messages, we should reflect on who our beneficiaries are.
Coronavirus and legacies: Inspiring heartfelt goodbyes with in-memory fundraising
Date. Wed, 13 May 2020
Katie Jenkinson from Legacy Foresight looks at how this climate is particularly challenging for in-memory fundraising but outlines some measures that can help. This blog forms part of a series curated by Remember A Charity, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s long-term campaign to grow legacy giving.
Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, takes a look at the kinds of discussions, questions, topics that have been taking place as we look forward into the next phase of the pandemic, and what the Chartered Institute's role will be.
Coronavirus and legacies: When legacy donor stewardship goes digital
Date. Mon, 4 May 2020
Dr Claire Routley looks at how to make legacy stewardship work in a digital world. This blog forms part of a series curated by Remember A Charity, the Institute of Fundraising’s long-term campaign to grow legacy giving.
Coronavirus and legacies: Why now is the time for stewardship
Date. Tue, 28 Apr 2020
Michael Clark, Head of Fundraising at St Nicholas Hospice Care, says that this pandemic has shown us that stewardship within fundraising is more important than ever before. This blog forms part of a series curated by Remember A Charity, who run the Institute of Fundraising’s long-term campaign to grow legacy giving.
'The response of the charity sector to the coronavirus crisis has been heroic'
Date. Tue, 28 Apr 2020
Ian Bruce, Chief Executive of the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, says that the impact of the coranavirus crisis on those who were already disadvantaged is huge, but that the charity sector is responding heroically.
Coronavirus pandemic: In times of crisis, community partnerships are ever-more crucial
Date. Tue, 21 Apr 2020
Zia Salik, Interim Head of Fundraising at Islamic Relief, explains that during a crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, fundraising teams have to adapt rapidly and effectively to new ways of working, and why community partnerships have become an even more important fundraising stream.
Payroll Givers are the unsung heroes of charitable giving
Date. Tue, 21 Apr 2020
Marcia Hibberd from Marie Curie says that Payroll Givers have done so much for the people of the UK and many other countries with little recognition, making them the unsung heroes of charitable giving.
Let’s use this crisis to make a fairer and more equal society now
Date. Tue, 21 Apr 2020
Peter Lewis sets out why the Chartered Institute of Fundraising has signed up to the #CharitySoWhite open challenge to the sector, and says that crises – such as the coronavirus pandemic – give society opportunities as well as challenges.
Why charities should get involved with the first ever Lesbian Visibility Week
Date. Mon, 20 Apr 2020
As this week marks the first ever Lesbian Visibility Week taking place from 20 to 26 April, former Fundraising Director Polly Shute looks at the importance of Lesbian visibility, and explains why community is so much more important at time of crisis.
Public generosity is inspirational – but it can't be an excuse for government to not step up
Date. Thu, 16 Apr 2020
While we're seeing fantastic fundraising from charities and individuals, the IoF's Daniel Fluskey says the impact of coronavirus means that public donations alone can't meet the scale of support that the sector needs right now, we need appropriate funding from government too
Cultural sector fundraising and COVID-19: Recognising the social value of culture
Date. Wed, 15 Apr 2020
Dan Fletcher, Treasurer of the IoF’s Cultural Sector Network, says that the social value of culture is hugely significant – now more than ever – and in order to thrive in a post-coronavirus world, cultural organisations need to recognise the importance of digital.
Leading your Team and Communicating through a Crisis
Date. Wed, 15 Apr 2020
To help guide your organisation through the coronavirus pandemic and mass uncertainty that has accompanied it, Matthew Sherrington gives his ten point plan for leading your team and communicating through a crisis.
Today the Beacon Collaborative published 'The Giving Experience: Overcoming the barriers to giving among the wealthy in the UK' which considers how fundraising organisations engage wealthy donors as partners in social change. Cath Dovey, coordinator of the Beacon Collaborative, looks at how this research becomes even more striking when social divides are magnified by something as tumultuous as the coronavirus pandemic.
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, takes a look at the state of UK fundraising in the setting of the coronavirus pandemic, following the Easter Bank holiday weekend.
Equality, diversity and inclusion in the time of coronavirus
Date. Tue, 7 Apr 2020
Or, EDI – what to do in a lull. Elizabeth Balgobin says that although right now normality has ceased in a lot of organisations, this crisis could provide an opportunity to cease old ways of thinking when it comes to EDI and instead do things more progressively.
IoF Scotland: What support is available during the coronavirus pandemic
Date. Tue, 7 Apr 2020
Michelle Cook, Head of IoF Scotland, looks at what support is available to fundraisers in Scotland and explains what the IoF in Scotland is doing to support our members during this time of unprecedented change.
5 ways to protect your fundraising income during the coronavirus pandemic
Date. Fri, 3 Apr 2020
As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to widen, there are a number of steps charities can take to help protect their fundraising income, particularly regular giving. Scott Gray from Rapidata offers some advice on how you can help protect your fundraised income during this time of uncertainty.
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.