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4/9/14
Disability Fundraising Survey

All charities are equal, but some are more equal than others, right? In fundraising, this is certainly the case and we all know that some causes find it harder to raise funds than others, for a variety of reasons.

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20/8/14
What’s in a name?

This week I learned an old lesson again about the difference a named contact can make. I was working on a feasibility study for a major appeal and had interviewed a range of people, including one very well known and wealthy lady.

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22/5/14
National Lottery – Funds for (almost) Everyone

Heritage Funding for All

At a talk by the Heritage Lottery Fund recently, I was struck by how wide their funding portfolio is and by the range of charities that have succeeded in securing project funding.

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10/4/14
Is your agency really listening?

This week I visited an old client of ours that has just had a poor experience of using consultants.

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24/3/14
How can charity Trustees enable fundraising effectiveness?

A common complaint I hear from fundraisers is the lack of support from their Boards for fundraising, often combined with an assertion that Trustees do not understand what fundraising involves and do not even donate to their own charities. British Fundraisers will point to the US, where Trustees are expected to give (often generously) as a prerequisite for their involvement, as well as networking effectively on behalf of the charity to secure further gifts.

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16/1/14
How to Thrive as a Sole Fundraiser

This week I visited a national charity we work for that only employs one fundraiser. She has her work cut out, juggling a wide range of activities and making her time and budget stretch very thinly. She has my sympathy and it got me thinking again about the challenges and success strategies for fundraisers in this position.

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21/11/13
Do the DEC and CIN appeals show public confidence in giving is returning?

The timing of the typhoon that hit the Philippines this month and the subsequent DEC appeal looked like they would make a big dent in the public's support for this year's BBC's Children in Need appeal.

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24/10/13
New Legacy Fundraising Training

We are delighted to announce that we have been asked by NCVO to develop the legacy fundraising element of its online Studyzone training programme.

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24/10/13
Success Story

Care & Repair are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £235,487 for the expansion of an existing project that aims to support older people in Manchester to live independently in their own homes for longer and improve their quality of life.

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3/10/13
Richer Lives - Why Rich People Give

This new book by Beth Breeze and Theresa Lloyd, published by the DSC, examines what it is that drives the wealthy to make large donations to good causes. What are their motivations and what expectations do they have of the causes they support?

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5/9/13
Farewell Catherine

After 22 years of leadership, Catherine Arkley, CEO of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation is leaving her role for pastures new.

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20/8/13
More clients renew their contracts

Recent weeks have seen a raft of clients renewing their contracts with us for 2013.

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11/7/13
Funding Feasibility Studies

– Don’t raise big funds without one!

I recently came across a charity that has been running a £3 million appeal for new facilities that has now got stuck. It seems things started well, but the appeal has gradually faltered, with only £1 million raised to date and with long delays to the timetable. It is an embarrassing situation for the charity and its trustees.

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17/6/13
The Power of Capital Appeals

It is amazing how a capital appeal can galvanise donors into action compared with ongoing revenue appeals.

I recently came across a church that is struggling to cover its monthly revenue needs of around £33,000. Despite regular updates and appeals to its members, monthly donations have remained flat for some time, as wages fail to keep up with inflation. A number of projects have been put on hold as a result.

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23/5/13
Fire in the Belly

One thing no book or training course can teach fundraisers is passion for the cause. It's the essential ingredient for success and without it no fundraising operation will prosper for long.

I recently interviewed an academic about an ambitious appeal he plans to launch. He has already had some good successes in attracting funding (and he would claim not to be a fundraiser), so I was interested to know how he had done it.

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2/5/13
Fundraising and Organisational Culture

The influence of organisational culture on fundraising is an issue rarely discussed in our sector. Whether you are raising funds in a major hospital or a small disability charity, the culture in which you operate will to a large extent define and determine how you operate, as well as the limits of what you can and cannot do. In other words, your success as a fundraiser will in part be determined by how the culture works for or against you.

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18/4/13
More clients renew their contracts

Recent weeks have seen a raft of clients renewing their contracts with us for 2013.

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2/4/13
A Legacy in Time

At the board meeting of a charity of which I am a trustee, we signed off the accounts this week for the last financial year. Our Finance Director had been predicting a deficit for the year and had been resigned to having to dip into reserves by a small amount, when we had been hoping to break even.

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8/3/13
Celebrating 15 Years!

It’s hard to believe it, but we are about to celebrate our 15th anniversary of helping UK charities develop strategies and raise the funds to pay for them.

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25/2/13
Maximising Value from Events

In the current climate, and despite its often low ROI, community fundraising is still a great way to engage with donors and prospects, but to justify the time and effort you really need to ensure you are squeezing all the benefits from it you can.

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18/2/13
Happy Birthday IoF!

I saw recently that the IoF is 30 years old this year - a moment perhaps to take stock? Certainly, fundraising has come a long way since the ICFM, as it then was known, was established. And so, to be fair, has the Institute.

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1/2/13
Screening Donor Data for Charitable Trust Links

A common demand placed on trust fundraisers is to find new prospects, which in a mature operation can often be a challenge, especially if all the usual sources have been exhausted. Yet in an increasingly competitive environment, finding new prospects to top up your lapsing donors is clearly important.

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25/1/13
Our woodland is taking shape!

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we support the charity Climate Stewards, which works to combat global warming by educating people in the West about greener lifestyles and supports communities in developing countries by planting trees to enhance their local environment, provide incomes and help the climate.

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17/1/13
MBE is well deserved

Congratulations to Sue Lidington, Chair of trustees of Side by Side Theatre Company, a Wootton George client, on her recent MBE.

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4/12/12
Corporate mags give great free coverage

In my post today was This Way magazine. Not heard of it? Nor had I, but it’s the publication of Toyota GB, sent to 330,000 Toyota owners nationally and inside is an excellent 2 page spread about ShelterBox, the disaster relief charity.

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