Fundraising challenges come at you from all directions. Sometimes the most disheartening and difficult challenge is the resistance you might receive from your co-workers. At some stage you’ve probably witnessed the other staff in your charity complain about fundraising or felt their lack of support and interest. You might even have felt alone in your […]
Following on from the blog post, “How Would You Spend A €$£10,000 Fundraising Budget?” I decided to call on some other amazing fundraisers to ask how they’d spend an even smaller budget in an even smaller charity. How would you spend 1,000? “I would invest in a program where $1,000 would make a huge difference […]
I wrote before how Bad Statistics Are Dangerous For Charities. Here’s a great example of how a statistic evolves on-line… Here’s the original statistic from the (questionable) research: “64% say that corporate social responsibility is core to their business rather than being a stand-alone programme”. Note that this is derived from asking CEOs “Which of these statements […]
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details. The Fundraisers Book Club was the brainchild of Gaby Murphy (Purplegrass) Colin Skehan (Merchants’ Quay) and Simon Scriver (ChangeFundraising). We are all members of Rogare, the Fundraising Think Tank based at the University of Plymouth’s Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy and we were looking for a […]
Do you find it hard to decide who to donate to? The best way to donate? Are you part of a group that wants to support a charity? Is it your company? Your society? A group of friends? Are you cynical about charities? Wondering why we continue to see charity scandals every once in a while? […]
What’s the best length for a fundraising letter? How quickly should you thank a new donor? How old is the typical donor? This new Donor Communications Test from Tom Ahern is fantastic. The questions and answers should be required reading for anyone new to fundraising or anyone you’re trying to ‘teach’. Download it here now.
The #MannequinChallenge is finally something your Board can get behind. They’ve probably been doing it for years.
Here are seven basic rules to help you speak well, confidently and without giving a hint of the nerves you may be feeling: Don’t apologise People generally only notice your mistakes when you draw attention to them. Don’t tell people you’ve forgotten something…they don’t know that. Just take a pause, have a drink of water, and […]
[This post originally appeared on 101fundraising.org] I remember volunteering for Childline. Kids would phone, text or e-mail with all sorts of questions and stories – from horrific cases of abuse to completely nonsensical banter. Many calls were pranks…groups of kids phoning up to tease us, mock us and attempt to get a rise out of […]
When I start to talk to volunteer fundraisers (boards, trustees, committee members), one of the biggest things I hear is that “there’s so much competition for donor dollars and ours is a small charity. We can’t compete.” One of the biggest barriers volunteer fundraisers face is this idea of scarcity or competition. After all, how […]