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Is your agency really listening?

This week I visited an old client of ours that has just had a poor experience of using consultants. Two years ago, they hired a firm to develop an organisational strategy, create a new case for support and advise on approaching grant makers.

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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.

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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 for fundraisers in this position.

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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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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. The training is being written by our legacy specialist, Simon George.

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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 are their expectations.

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Farewell Catherine

After 22 years of leadership, Catherine Arkley, CEO of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation is leaving her role for pastures new. Involved since the start of the charity, Catherine has built it up from nothing to an organisation that has brought about real change for child liver patients and their families.

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More clients renew their contracts

Recent weeks have seen a raft of clients renewing their contracts with us for 2013. Simon George commented: "It's always very positive when a client renews their contract with us, as it's a real sign of their confidence in our team. Historically, most of our work has been repeat business".

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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. 

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