CDE project 8 sec­tion 5: appen­dix 2 — research sources

Written by
The Commission on the Donor Experience
April 26, 2017

Appendix 2: Research sources

In order to develop this project, I sought input from the following:

  • a mailing list operated by the Institute of Fundraising Trusts and Statutory Fundraising Special Interest Group.
  • Fundraising Chat – a closed Facebook group of over 2,500 fundraisers based mainly in the UK as well as some international fundraisers.
  • UK Fundraising ( – an online magazine covering news, ideas and inspiration for professional charity fundraisers.
  • A legal contact in a major legal firm in Edinburgh who works with many trusts.
  • Association of Charitable Foundations (AFC) – who I contacted for a response to my proposition (echoed in my blog).
  • Institute of Fundraising North East Funders Forum.
  • nfpSynergy’s two reports on grant fundraising 1) Inside the mind of a grant-maker: Useful stuff on how grant-making works (June 2013); and 2) Taking nothing for granted: A research report into what charities think a model grant-maker looks like (June 2012).
  • Colleagues, fellow trust fundraisers and other Commission on the Donor Experience project leaders through informal discussions.
  • Over 14 years’ personal experience raising income from statutory, lottery and charitable organisations in Canada, the United States, England and Scotland and gathered from my involvement as a Member, Committee Member and Officer and Chair with the Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s Special Interest Group for Trusts, Statutory and Foundations.

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About the author: The Commission on the Donor Experience

The CDE has one simple ideal – to place donors at the heart of fundraising. The aim of the CDE is to support the transformation of fundraising, to change the culture to a truly consistent donor-based approach to raising money. It is based on evidence drawn from first hand insight of best practice. By identifying best practice and capturing examples, we will enable these to be shared and brought into common use.

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