Opinion / features

Many of the issues that matter most to fundraisers are far from clear cut. Here, in a series of illustrated feature articles, seasoned practitioners and newcomers alongside leading figures from the world of fundraising are free to give vent to their passionately-held views and opinions. Join the big debates or study the side issues so you can work out your own view on what matters most.

Breve historia del fundraising en España

by Alhelí Quintanilla

La captación de fondos comenzó en España en los años 60, con iniciativas como el Día de la Banderita, los sorteos especiales de Lotería o los mercadillos de beneficencia. Este tipo de fundraising puntual se asociaba sobre todo a iniciativas caritativas impulsadas por la iglesia Católica, principal beneficiaria por tradición de la generosidad de los españoles, que contaba con la ayuda de una legión de voluntarios. Lee mas aquí.

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Supporter surveys: what do your supporters really think?, part 3

by Jonathon Grapsas

The final part of a three-part analysis of the benefits of annual supporter surveys.

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‘I have a complaint to make’

by Andrew Papworth

The Fundraising Standards Board in the UK recently published the 2011 complaints report and, according to Andrew Papworth, it makes very interesting reading. This is an article about complaints in the UK. Could it apply to fundraising where you are?

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Supporter surveys: what do your supporters really think?, part 2

by Jonathon Grapsas

The second part of a three-part analysis of the benefits of annual supporter surveys.

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The emotional brain

Brain diagram

by Ken Burnett

Seasoned fundraiser Ken Burnett says of his latest article, The Emotional Brain, ‘It seems to me that fundraisers don’t know as much as they might about what it is that makes people give and why; what makes them loyal or repeat donors and what binds them to our cause above other causes, come what may. So I’m fairly sure that the emotional brain is the most important subject I’ve written about in a long time. Working on it has quite altered my view of what, as fundraisers, we should be doing when we acquire and then communicate with our donors.’

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My big mistakes – and what I learned

by Lyndall Stein

When Lyndall Stein’s article on the ANC first appeared on SOFII it prompted the comment: ‘This is a great piece! Wow, the power of fundraisers!’ However, one part of an ANC campaign had a serious flaw. Here Lyndall owns up to that mistake, and others, and tells SOFII users what she learned from them.

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Commitment. And why it matters more than anything for fundraisers

by Ken Burnett

Has the argument about the value of donor commitment finally been brought to an end? Ken Burnett reports on how Roger Craver of the Agitator and his colleague Kevin Schulman have developed a way to calculate your donors’ commitment and, from this, ascribe a commitment score to each of them.

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Corporate fundraising is less and less about funds

by Margot Ende - van den Broek

Managing director of SOS Children’s Villages Netherlands, Margot Ende - van den Broek shares her experiences of the changing relationship with corporate donors. Margot argues that fundraisers need to be seen as a potential business partner, sharing costs and risks and ultimately being of mutual benefit to each other. She asks whether this is how you feel about your current corporate relationships.

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One-night stands ruin your fundraising

by Reinier Spruit

In this article Reinier Spruit gets serious about the importance of establishing lasting and meaningful relationships with your supporters. Reiner acknowledges that most fundraisers understand the importance of developing a long-term relationship, but questions whether we’re looking far enough into the future.

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Technology and storytelling: seeking support with multiple channels

by Richard C McPherson

This article by Richard McPherson, questions how well fundraisers have transferred the power of storytelling and communication to direct mail, phone calls and emails. What do you think?

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