Fundraising legends

The father of modern day fundraising: Harold Sumption

by SOFII

Ken Burnett was just 26 years old when he met Harold Sumption the man who would profoundly influence Ken's understanding of fundraising. In another of our occasional series, 'The most brilliant fundraiser I ever met' we have recollections from Ken, Giles Pegram and Pierre-Bernard Le Bas.

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Harold Sumption: the shy pioneer

by Joanna Culling

In this addition to SOFII’s Fundraising Legends series, Joanna Culling talks to Ken Burnett, who proudly shares the full text of Harold’s only published material – Yesterday’s trail-blazing and pointers for tomorrow

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Ben Horowitz of the City of Hope

by Rich Fox

Rich Fox met Ben Horowitz 39 years ago and he says he has never known a better fundraising mind before or since. Here Rich explains this brilliant fundraiser's philosophy for success.  

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David Love rocks!

by Gwen Chapman

Introducing Canada’s David Love – passionate fundraiser, donor and donor advocate, pioneer and influential mentor. Forever young and a true living legend of fundraising.

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A tribute to George Smith, 4th March 2012

by Ken Burnett

SOFII pays tribute to George Smith, fundraising guru and communicator par excellence, who died on Friday 2nd March.

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A profile of Mal Warwick: America’s genial guru of fundraising direct mail

by Christiana Stergiou

What we at SOFII have to say about this guy.

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UK fundraising’s premier wordsmith: George Smith

by Charlotte Grimshaw

Profile by Charlotte Grimshaw.

Dishing the dirt: what people who know George think about him, here.

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George Smith as others see him

by SOFII

From a former colleague who doesn't want the comments attributed. 'Elsewhere on the SOFII website there is a warm tribute to three former giants of fundraising – Sumption, Kirkley and Stringer. It speaks, among much else, of their ability to unleash the energies of their younger colleagues. What it omits to say is that its writer, George Smith, was the most energetic and imaginative of those colleagues and that he changed fundraising practice forever.

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Kay Sprinkel Grace: America's doyenne of board excellence and mission development.

by Christiana Stergiou

Kay Sprinkel Grace is a dreamer, a big picture fundraiser. This, along with her special way with words, has made her one of the great fundraisers of our time.

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A tribute to Terry A Murray

by George Smith

Terry Murray was a founder, former chairman and chief executive officer of Downes Murray International, the largest fundraising consultancy in South Africa. Terry started out in direct mail fundraising in 1962, building a company that went on to win international awards in the USA, Britain and Europe. The direct mail programmes run by DMI raise millions of rands each year not only from within South Africa but also from overseas donors.

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