You don't have to be Nostradamus to predict that 2016 is going to be a tough year for fundraising. In particular, as the impacts of greater regulation and a hostile press are gradually absorbed, it is almost certainly going to become even harder to recruit new supporters for the great majority of non profits. So we … Continue reading The Year of Retaining Donors
Any historian will you that the trends we think are important today are rarely those which turn out to have biggest effect. Proper historical judgements take time. Chou Enlai, Mao’s longtime henchman* was once asked what he thought the long term impact of the French Revolution had been, “it’s far too early to say” … Continue reading Asking for permission
“I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will” Antonio Gramsci 1929 So I think more fundraisers should read Gramsci. You might question the relevance today of the words of an Italian Communist leader who died in one of Mussolini’s jails in 1937 but bear with me. Gramsci was not someone who … Continue reading Optimism of the will
A look at the results of major UK charities to see if they can prove the case for investing in fundraising.
Yesterday we received very sad news. We heard that Liz Monks, one of the most respected fundraisers in the UK and a close friend and colleague to many of us in the sector, had died of cancer. She is a terrible loss. I didn't know Liz well but I was proud to be asked to became … Continue reading For Liz
Last week a group of fundraising folk had an open table discussion in London about the current mess UK charities are in and what we might do about it. Of course, this was far from the first such conversation fundraisers have had and will be a very long way from the last. Although there was plenty … Continue reading Changing the narrative
I sense a certain frustration in the NCVO offices that reactions to Sir Stuart Etherington’s Fundraising Review (actually it should be noted, a review of fundraising regulation) have concentrated heavily on the proposal for a fundraising preference scheme to allow individuals to opt out of fundraising communications. As one of the guilty parties, I do … Continue reading Unintended consequences