Another day, another headline attacking UK charities in the press. There's no doubt 2015 has been an annus horribilis for the voluntary sector in this country. I can't remember a time when charities have felt so beleaguered and morale has been so low. As the year has developed, the focus has shifted from the fundraising practices … Continue reading The War on Charities
I've been working for charities for over twenty years, a sobering thought. I've worked for some great charities and done some fantastic fundraising. And some that's been less fantastic but we'll skip quickly over that. Overall, it's been really good. But what's been bothering me for much of this time has been that I haven't … Continue reading A better deal for donors
I have to admit I've never been a great one for New Year's resolutions. Never quite saw why an arbitrary date would suddenly make you behave in a better or more productive way. But really it's as good a reason as any to review how things are going and maybe introduce a few improvements. I … Continue reading Fundraising new year’s resolutions
If you think that charities are having a hard time in the media at moment, spare a thought for our Irish colleagues. There it has felt like it's been open season on the sector for months. There seems to be a new attack in a major newspaper or other media outlet almost every day. For … Continue reading What do we have to hide?