Thoughts on fundraising in a cost of living crisis
UK Fundraising
by Howard Lake
8h ago
The cost of living crisis is affecting so many of us – fundraisers, donors and charities’ clients/service users. It is a worrying time, so here are some personal thoughts and ideas on how to keep fundraising in the hardest of times while looking after yourself and your colleagues. Here are some ideas based on having been a fundraiser in tough economic times (the early 90s – which of course were not as bad as the last three years of COVID, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and rising inflation and energy and food prices). They are based on what I have read and hear from fundraisers and charity lead ..read more
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Five tweets for fundraisers for 24 January 2023
UK Fundraising
by Howard Lake
3d ago
A bold move to educate the world as to why charities are shackled (and shackle themselves) and could achieve far more, digital fundraising advice and resources in one thread, the cockroach returns and more. Your latest update of a highly partial curation of useful tweets for fundraisers. 1. Uncharitable – the movie Dan Pallotta has turned his 2010 book ‘Uncharitable‘ into a documentary, and it will be premiered in New York in March. It’s part of his global effort “to liberate the nonprofit sector’s true power”. It will be available via streaming in May. Five years in the making. Announcing ..read more
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Artificial intelligence, real funding advice
UK Fundraising
by Guest Blogger
2w ago
New technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) will fundamentally change the charity sector, but many see this as expensive complex technology and only for large charities.  Charity Excellence is a tiny volunteer-run charity with almost no funding, and we’re using AI to support the 500,000 non-profits and 67 million people in the UK, by making finding help simpler. Charity Excellence has always been partially AI, but it’s not capable of learning, unlike the new AI tech bunnies which address what was for us a major gap in our crisis response programme.  There are something like 14 ..read more
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Fundraising in 2023 viewed from 2022
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by John Green
1M ago
Nearly three years after COVID shook up charities and the way we fundraise, what does 2023 look like? A glance into the fundraising crystal ball shows a tumultuous year but with foresight, planning and some nerves of steel fundraisers and their charities can help those in greater need than ever and weather 2023. The perfect storm of European recession and geopolitical tension will continue. If Russia’s war in Ukraine ceases the chaos and instability this has caused will be with us beyond 2023. China will continue to make its presence felt around the globe but having seen what has happened in U ..read more
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Meet the fundraiser: Shiona Ramage
UK Fundraising
by Guest Blogger
1M ago
Shiona Ramage is currently being treated at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust for stage 4 skin cancer. She was referred to the hospital following her diagnosis of melanoma when she was 45 years old in June 2016. Since then, Shiona has been giving back to the hospital by completing a number of fundraising challenges in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which exists solely to support cancer centre The Royal Marsden. ‘Team Shomelanoma’ recently hit the fundraising milestone of over £83,000, which is supporting melanoma research. This success means Shiona has extended her fundraisi ..read more
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Small businesses turn Black Friday into good & fundraise for charity
UK Fundraising
by Guest Blogger
2M ago
“Donate Not Discount” – Tikkurila UK Black Friday is one of the UK’s biggest shopping days with billions of pounds spent on consumer goods.  But in the last few years, with the rise in ethical business and purposeful shopping, more independent brands have boycotted the sales instead turning Black Friday on its head to focus on raising funds for charity.  For many businesses, the juggernaut of Black Friday has become synonymous with overconsumption and mass production. The massive spike in online sales during this time also means its environmental impact is enormous. In addition, many ..read more
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Thanks for the legacy
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by Guest Blogger
3M ago
At the launch of Remember a Charity Week, I’m counting my blessings.   By far the best definition of legacy giving I know is “a conversation between generations”. Wittingly or unwittingly, we pass our assets, values and ideas on to future generations. And wittingly or unwittingly, we inherit assets, values and ideas from those who have gone before. As I approach retirement, I’ve been thinking about the many legacies I have received in my life so far, and how they have helped shape me. It’s time to say some thank yous. Thank you to my family First to my parents, for giving me a stable, co ..read more
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In legacy fundraising, it’s not ‘we’, it’s ‘you’!
UK Fundraising
by Guest Blogger
3M ago
It’s Remember A Charity Week, so of course the topic of legacies is very much front of mind but especially why more charities aren’t benefitting from this vital income stream. While who to leave their money and assets to when they die is one of the biggest decisions anyone will make in their lifetime, for charities the big questions are how to encourage more people to consider their causes, and what’s stopping people from doing so? Gifts in wills raise more than £3 billion for charities each year and this is set to increase year on year as the baby boomer generation comes of age and giving in ..read more
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How charities can attract and retain Gen Z employees and supporters
UK Fundraising
by Howard Lake
4M ago
Jahkini Bisselink, Gen Z Expert at Whetston Strategic, talks to Howard Lake about her insight into Gen Z and how this translates into advice for businesses and charities. 1. You’re speaking at Revolutionise 2023 in March next year, the three-day conference for accelerating people with purpose. You’ll be talking about the importance for people and organisations to understand and respect young people and Gen Z. Do tell us more about what you will be covering on the day. Thank you. At Revolutionise 2023 I’ll be talking about how employers can attract/integrate/retain Gen Z team members, how busin ..read more
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Is your donor experience actually what your donors experience?
UK Fundraising
by Guest Blogger
5M ago
Imagine that you’re interviewing someone for a job. They wow you with their energy, enthusiasm, and ability to strike up an instant rapport, so you give them the job. But instead of turning up to work on their assigned first day, someone totally different comes along in their place. Maybe you like this new person. Maybe you don’t. Ah well, you think, I’ll just have to make do. It’s not a great situation. And yet that is, in a sense, what face-to-face (F2F) fundraising sometimes does to donors. The person who wowed a total stranger, won their trust and convinced them to sign on the dotted line ..read more
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