The Fundraiser’s Toolbox

You know that fundraising is hard work. To be successful you need to be well equipped to take on all its challenges. At SOFII, we thought you might like some help. So we’ve put together this fundraiser’s toolbox that we’ll be filling with essential examples, formats, articles, case studies, ideas and tips that we think every fundraiser should know about.

George Smith: the art of creative fundraising - introduction and contents

by Joe Burnett

Joe Burnett introduces a new series on SOFII featuring the wit and wisdom of legendary fundraising guru and master wordsmith, George Smith.

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The wit and wisdom of George Smith. Good: the case for a re-launch

by George Smith

In a prescient excerpt from Up Smith Creek, George Smith muses on the concept of doing good and we should triumph over evil in increasingly cynical times.

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‘…written with such a wit and lightness of touch that not a page is boring.’ - Drayton Bird reviews Up Smith Creek

by Drayton Bird

As we continue our celebration of the wit and wisdom of George Smith we bring you this review of the superb collection Up Smith Creek by famed marketing expert Drayton Bird.

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How to master the soft skills of fundraising

by Stephanie Dotto

There are many opinions and articles out there on how to approach donors and win them to your cause with hard skills, but in this article, Stephanie Dotto of CharityJob explores the softer skills that are too often overlooked.

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Fundraising ethics – raise more money while keeping your donors happy. What could be simpler? Part two.

by Ian MacQuillin

In the second part of his blog on fundraising ethics, Rogare’s Ian MacQuillin looks at a couple of ethical dilemmas. The solutions are anything but black and white.

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Fundraising ethics – raise more money while keeping your donors happy. What could be simpler? Part one.

by Ian MacQuillin

How do you know what is and isn’t ethical in fundraising? Ian MacQuillin of the Rogare think tank explores this complex issue in this first of two fascinating and timely articles.

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Opinion: an ethical, principled approach to donors and fundraising. Part 2.

by John Burton

How the World Land Trust approached its fundraising strategy, and which forms it avoided to remain, in its opinion, more ethical and principled.

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Appendix 3: Criticising other charities - World Land Trust’s approach.

by John Burton

John Burton discusses criticising other environmental charities’ fundraising strategies in an appendix to his articles on the World Land Trust’s approach.

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An ethical, principled approach to donors and fundraising: a strategy case study from World Land Trust.

by John Burton

In this first part of three, CEO John Burton of the World Land Trust outlines his organisation’s fundraising ethos and how this has helped them grow and make an impact on the environment.

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The BADASSforGOOD podcast. Episode five: not all fundraising campaigns are created equal

by R. Trent Thompson

‘Inconsistency creates poor donor engagement experiences.’ With his usual dry delivery and sharp, concise analysis, R.Trent Thompson returns with episode five of the BADASSforGOOD podcast to demonstrate why not all fundraising campaigns are created equal.

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