Foundations of Fundraising

Magic moments part two: how some of the world’s best causes got started

by Aline Reed & Ken Burnett

SOFII casts its spotlight on the early instants of inspiration that gave rise to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Greenpeace, Centrepoint, Freedom from Torture, NSPCC, the Fred Hollows Foundation and University College London

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APOPO: HeroRAT rat adoption programme

The HeroRAT campaign launches

by SOFII

Another highly successful sponsorship programme. The Belgian charity APOPO have encouraged very many people to part with their euros to adopt a rat – and save a life.

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The Bhopal Medical Appeal grabs every opportunity to tell good stories

by SOFII

How very perverse that Dow Chemicals should pay to snoop on organisations working in Bhopal.

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Confessions of an unethical nine-year-old fundraiser

by Norma Cameron

One of the golden rules of successful fundraising is that before asking others to give, you should first donate yourself. Norma Cameron shows how the memory of one major gift you gave will give you comfort and confidence to be a better fundraiser. Here she tells the rather scary tale of her fundraising epiphany, inspired by something as simple as a collecting box.

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Introducing: Simone uncensored

by Simone Joyaux

SOFII’s guide to good governance that month by month will build to a must-have manual for your nonprofit board.

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My worldwide mission to destroy all executive committees

by Simone Joyaux

So, you’ve fired your lousy board members, as instructed by Simone Joyaux. But you can’t sit back and relax, now she says you must destroy your board’s executive committee. Click here to find out why it is so important.

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Committees … love them, or hate them

Effective committees are good, maybe even lovable.

by Simone Joyaux

Finally, Simone Joyaux admits that she likes committees – but only good ones. Here you’ll find out the board committees you need – and those that you definitely don’t.

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What does your governance committee do?

It should be able to recruit and retain the best board members.

by Simone Joyaux

The traditional nominating committee is out of step and old-fashioned, so says Simone Joyaux. She prefers a governance committee. Click here to find the purpose of your governance committee and how to be sure it is working best for your charity.

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Involving your board members in fund development, part two

by Simone Joyaux

Together you and your board members can ensure fundraising success for the organisation you all love. This new article from Simone Joyaux will show you how to get the best from each of your board members.

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Mo-tivations. Why (oh why) am I doing it? And why would you support me?

by Matthew Sherrington

‘You’ll be cool. A dad of teenage daughters will do anything to hear himself described like that. Anything,’ says Matthew Sherrington who listened, faced his fears and grew a ‘mo’ for prostate cancer. But what were the other six motivations that he thinks make people do something for a charity that they know little about? Find out here.

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David Love rocks!

by Gwen Chapman

Introducing Canada’s David Love – passionate fundraiser, donor and donor advocate, pioneer and influential mentor. Forever young and a true living legend of fundraising.

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The collection: it’s never too late to do something wonderful.

by Ken Burnett

A new fundraising experience for less-than-new fundraiser Ken Burnett: rattling a bucket on behalf of Syrian refugees. Read how he met some interesting people, raised some money and learned that truly it’s never too late to do something wonderful.

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