We are the SOFII One Hundred

​All around the world fundraisers are starting out, looking to improve, or searching for new ideas. They want to create good fundraising – successful campaigns that make donors feel great about giving. But sometimes they need a helping hand to reach their goals. These fundraisers are reaching out and offering support. Let’s celebrate them!

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September 17, 2019

Hover over a photo below to learn more about the incredible people who make up the SOFII One Hundred. These caring fundraisers keep SOFII going and help ensure it is completely free for you and our growing community of changemakers around the world.

If you would like to join this group of kind fundraisers, click here to find out more.

SOFII would not exist without the hard work and enthusiasm of co-founder Marie Burnett (1949-2019). For many years, Marie gave SOFII so much of her time. She volunteered her editorial skills to benefit SOFII and was also a SOFII trustee.

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In memory of Marie Burnett
United Kingdom

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Carol Akiwumi
United Kingdom

“SOFII has been a vital resource for me ever since it was founded. I teach and write about fundraising, and I know that whenever students need some examples to draw on, or I need to illustrate a point, there will be a gem sitting in SOFII’s archive.”

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Claire Routley
United Kingdom

“When I started my fundraising career, I was a sole fundraiser in a small charity. I felt like I was scrabbling around in the dark, seeing what I could make work. SOFII were the ones who turned on the lights. Here’s to you, SOFII.”

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Andy King
United Kingdom

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Rebecca Wilson
United Kingdom

“SOFII is a rich source of inspiration, insight and knowledge, providing global fundraisers invaluable lessons from the successes (and failures) of previous generations. We all gain from the new ideas and fresh thinking from today’s brightest. Daryl Upsall Int'l is proud to be a SOFII regular donor.”

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Daryl Upsall
Spain

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Tanya Jackson
United Kingdom

“I've become a regular SOFII supporter because I also want other fundraisers to enjoy the collected wisdom SOFII has to offer, in years to come.”

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Reinier Spruit
Netherlands

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“SOFII is a wonderful repository of the best in fundraising, past, present, and future. I support SOFII as it preserves the work of past giants of the profession on whose shoulders we stand - like George Smith, Tony Elischer, Kitty Hilton, and Simone Joyaux.”

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Steve Thomas
Canada

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Rachael Moore
United Kingdom

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Lisa Blackwell
United States of America

“The opportunity to do meaningful work, bring donors closer to causes they hold dear, and work with passionate fundraisers – these give me joy. SOFII is a community where we share and learn from each other. It’s a gift to fundraisers, but communities need support to thrive and that’s why I give.”

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Dominique Leeming
New Zealand

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“SOFII helps charities inspire their donors, grow their supporter loyalty, help more people and create more change. In today’s world, SOFII has never been more important.”

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Roger Lawson
United Kingdom

“I believe in accessible knowledge and digestible inspiration. The more we share the things we try and sometimes fail at, the better we all become. I give to SOFII so it can provide insights for generations to come and I do all I can to ensure fundraisers know SOFII is there, whenever they need it.”

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John Lepp
Canada

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Denisa Casement
United States of America

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Valerie Pletcher
United States of America

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“SOFII has been a guiding star throughout my fundraising career. It has sparked inspiration, ideas and innovation. It connects me to fundraising’s rich heritage and makes me proud to be a fundraiser. I’m delighted to be part of the One Hundred to help SOFII flourish in the future.”

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Craig Linton
United Kingdom

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Michelle Berriman
New Zealand

“The sharing of ideas across the sector is such a huge part of why I love working in the charity sector, so it was a no brainer to help support SOFII. Long may it continue to be a rich source of inspiration and innovation for fundraisers of the future.”

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Hannah-Mae Trow
United Kingdom

“SOFII has been a massively important resource for me throughout my fundraising career - both at creative agencies and now charity-side. It’s a must-have resource for my teams and I’m proud to support SOFII so we can continue to build this amazing library of charity knowledge.”

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Abi White
United Kingdom

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“As a professional fundraiser, SOFII has always been there to provide me and my team with inspiration and creative ways of thinking. I love learning from others so I’m giving to SOFII as I want to give back to a resource that has greatly enriched my personal and professional life.”

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Heather Little
Australia

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“When I became a fundraiser, SOFII was an invaluable learning resource for me. I’m so grateful to all the fundraisers who have shared their expertise over the years so that we can collectively raise our game. I give to keep SOFII freely available to fundraisers like me around the world.”

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Meredith Niles
United Kingdom

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“SOFII is about unrestricted sharing of knowledge across an industry. It's always been about the future of great causes and about the next generation who raise support for those causes.”

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Tom Ahern
United States of America

Our dear friend Simone was a long-time monthly giver and champion of SOFII. She once said, “SOFII is sooooo cool and informative and full of history and and and!!!! Thanks to Ken Burnett and his pals, SOFII is the bestest compiler of stuff that works in our philanthropic field.”

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In memory of Simone Joyaux
United States of America

“The reason to give is simple – SOFII is the most stimulating and thought-provoking resource for fundraisers. We have lost count of the number of times it has given us inspiration, ideas, solutions and more. It is fundraising fuel for the imagination. Long may it grow and prosper.”

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John Grain Associates (JGA)
United Kingdom

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“When you need a bright idea to inspire you - SOFII is always there. I've benefited from SOFII throughout my career so it feels the right thing to give back - so SOFII can be there for more fundraisers with the inspiration they are seeking at the moment they need it.”

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Richard Turner
United Kingdom

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"Good ideas, workable ideas, copy-able ideas. Sharing them is what SOFII is all about. Why re-invent the wheel? Take inspiration, adapt and try out something that’s worked for someone else. I’m proud to have some of my ideas showcased on SOFII, and have benefitted from so much that’s there."

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Matthew Sherrington
United Kingdom

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“I’m delighted that I was able to support Ken and Marie as they set up SOFII and to have stayed involved as it has grown and prospered and become of such practical value to fundraisers throughout the world – long may it continue to thrive!”

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David Carrington
United Kingdom

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Ken Burnett
United Kingdom

Join these special fundraisers and start helping today

If you’d like to see your face on our wall of recognition because you also want to make a difference to fundraisers, click here to find out more about the benefits of joining the SOFII One Hundred.

Not quite sure? If you have questions, simply email Joanna (joanna@sofii.org) to set up a quick chat about the SOFII One Hundred. 

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