The SOFII history project part 3: the legends of fundraising.

​Meet the women and men who transformed, improved and revolutionised fundraising.

Written by
Joe Burnett
Added
April 17, 2019

‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants’ - so said Isaac Newton, the genius physicist who discovered gravity. And the same goes for fundraising. The history of our profession is bestridden by great women and men who changed the way fundraising is done. Some were great writers, others conceptualisers of ideas that changed the lives of their beneficiaries. All have helped shape modern fundraising for the better. SOFII presents the legends of fundraising.

Note: do you think we’ve missed out on a fundraising legend who should be celebrated? If so, please e-mail joe@sofii.org with your suggestions.

Click here to return to the contents to view parts one and two.

Meet the legends.

The three founding fathers of UK fundraising: Harold Sumption, Guy Stringer, CBE and Sir Leslie Kirkley, CBE.

Some closing remarks: more on fundraising legend Guy Stringer.

Farewell my brother: a personal tribute to Terry Murray by Michael G. Downes.

A second tribute: a second tribute to Terry Murray, the doyen of South African fundraising, by George Smith.

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

The great writer: a tribute to George Smith, 4th March 2012.

UK fundraising’s premier wordsmith: a profile of George Smith by Charlotte Grimshaw.

George Smith as others see him - remembering the great man.

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

Celebrating a giant of Canadian fundraising: David Love rocks!

The most brilliant fundraiser Rich Fox ever met: Ben Horowitz of City of Hope.

Harold Sumption: the shy pioneer.

The father of modern day fundraising: Ken Burnett celebrates Harold Sumption.

Still in the battle: an interview with Roger Craver (part one).

The wisdom of Roger Craver part two.

‘It is a privilege to be a fundraiser’: Lyndall Stein celebrated.

About the author: Joe Burnett

Joe Burnett

Joe Burnett is Contributing Editor for SOFII.

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