Foundations of Fundraising

Our Right to Heal – Marva Wisdom, Canada

by Marva Wisdom

There are so many great women of colour working in fundraising, but still a severe lack of diversity at the highest levels. From Our Right to Heal, Marva Wisdom looks at this disparity and asks what we’re going to do about it.

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Our Right to Heal - Black women fundraisers share their stories

by Joe Burnett

These two videos introduce a wonderful initiative by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). This is Our Right to Heal, a selection of beautifully written essays where black women fundraisers share the experiences that have shaped their professional and personal lives.

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A timeline of modern British philanthropy

by Rhodri Davies

In this fascinating article Rhodri Davies, head of CAF‘s think tank ‘Giving Thought’, runs through a brief but insightful history of British giving.

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Two of the greatest fundraising letters ever written

by Denny Hatch

In this fascinating article, marketing giant Denny Hatch presents two of the greatest fundraising letters of all time, and explains the complex, sometimes murky, story of how they came about.

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Refugees build bridges across society

by Lyndall Stein

In an article originally written for Fair Observer during Refugee Week, Lyndall celebrates the contributions refugees have made to British society and how we can fight back against discrimination and prejudice.

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Take a trip in SOFII’s time machine: the SOFII history project - introduction and contents

by SOFII

Welcome to the greatest collection of historical fundraising brilliance you'll ever find.

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Crowdfunding: A lesson from World War II

by Roger Craver

In the latest addition to SOFII’s History Project, Roger Craver takes you back to World War II and explores a crowdfunding campaign that raised money for Spitfires. 

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Strike Debt: the Rolling Jubilee telethon

by Tain Joliffe

How a superb telethon dedicated to eradicating household debt in America grew out of the Occupy movement.

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The A to Z of writing fundraising appeals: A to F

by Steve Lynch

Writing a good appeal is a big undertaking and isn’t as easy as some may think. In this handy guide Blue Frog London’s Steve Lynch gives a handy alphabetical guide to the dos and don’ts of writing a fundraising appeal.

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Marie Burnett: she lived, laughed, loved and left a huge hole in our hearts

by Sue Kershaw

We are sad to announce the death of Marie Burnett, co-founder of SOFII, trustee, company secretary, honorary treasurer and voluntary editor in chief.

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