What’s the secret of a successful fundraising strategy?

As a (part-time*) member of the Honourable Society of Fundraising Consultants, Soothsayers and Allied Trades, I do quite a lot of fundraising  strategies.  And before my fall into darkness when I was an honest fundraising director, strategy was something I spent a lot of time on. So not really having got the hang of this … Continue reading What’s the secret of a successful fundraising strategy?

Seven Secrets of Successful Fundraising*

As Civil Society Fundraising magazine has just republished my Seven Fundraising Myths piece I thought I would complement it with something on what makes good fundraising. There's actually nothing remotely mysterious about the practice of fundraising but if you'll accept the rhetorical flourish, here are my secrets for how to be successful in all types … Continue reading Seven Secrets of Successful Fundraising*

Fundraising Myths: No 7: My fundraising method is better than yours

5 Sometimes other people make life difficult for fundraisers. (Take a bow, programme and service delivery staff). But sometimes we just make tings hard for ourselves. And one of the ways we really undermine our own cause is by insisting that our method of fundraising is best and that all others are the preserve of … Continue reading Fundraising Myths: No 7: My fundraising method is better than yours

Fundraising Myths: No 5: It’s the economy, stupid

5I'm a truly unfortunate person. Really. I seem to have started in fundraising just when the good times ended. Apparently they finished the day before I started my first job (I won't say exactly when this was but it was a little while ago, the organisation had just had its first ever computer delivered and … Continue reading Fundraising Myths: No 5: It’s the economy, stupid

Fundraising Myths: No 6: It’ll never work here

5 I love fundraising in new markets. Ever since I ran my first international campaign, for Sightsavers in Ireland at the end of the '90s (1990s not 1890s, I know I'm old, but..), I have been fascinated by how fundraising changes and how it doesn't across different countries and cultures. I now have had experience … Continue reading Fundraising Myths: No 6: It’ll never work here