The first IWITOT in London involved an afternoon of presentations from 22 fundraising gurus, sector leaders and rising stars. Each speaker had just seven minutes to present a single game-changing fundraising idea that personally inspires them.
Amnesty needed a powerful and effective means of recruiting new donors to their great cause. This was it. This was, as far as we know, the first ever occasion when a free pen was included in an acquisition mailing, in the UK at least. This mailing was both brilliantly successful and started a trend that led to a flood of imitators.
Alan Clayton presents Amnesty International: the pen pack.
Sampling has become the primary route for selling software, music and film. Could it be applied to child sponsorship, which is such a desirable ‘product’ for many charities?
This fun and lively event encourages men to grow a moustache, find out more about men’s health and raise money for prostate cancer research and education and awareness of men’s health issues.
Andy Harris presents The Movember moustache-growing campaign for men’s health
This story is powerful, inspiring, direct, humbling and honest.
The team at Send a Cow are passionate about saying thank you to their supporters.
How often does a fundraising campaign bring a star back from the dead to front a campaign for the disease that killed him? This is innovative fundraising, no doubt.
What an achievement for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s fundraisers during the Second World War, someone kept their mailing for 70 years.
It’s more than 25 years since this remarkable event, so we thought it was about time we put it on SOFII. In this exhibit we look back at how the idea was conceived and what made it one of the most significant fundraising campaigns of our time.
This novel approach to re-qualifying potential major donors sits between telephone and face-to-face fundraising. It is an example of how telephone fundraising and face-to-face fundraising are evolving and being adapted in India to take account of the country’s large population and distinctive business culture – with quite impressive results.
Charlie Hulme presents UNICEF India: the ‘tele-facing’ campaign
With its simple e-commerce solution, I CAN produced an appeal that is unique to their cause yet still maintains a broad appeal to a wide range of donors.
Across the world the approach Greenpeace developed for direct dialogue changed the way fundraising organisations recruit new monthly direct debit donors. Raising millions, perhaps billions of pounds in the process.
This ad is a classic. Created by the legendary Harold Sumption in the late 1970s, it embodies one of the most direct and hard-to-resist fundraising propositions, ‘Make a blind man see’. It is a brilliant example of fundraising communication at its best.
The first video gives a real sense of excitement and shows vividly the scope of Kiva’s work. The second is the simple story of Pedro and his family and how Kiva’s lenders are helping him fight his way out of poverty.
When Save the Children took the thousands of messages they received to 10 Downing Street, the prime minister, then Gordon Brown, spoke out to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. They also converted 9,000 respondents to regular giving.
Until Botton Village started offering its donors choices with the simple form shown opposite, donors everywhere were almost invariably not given any say in how they might be communicated with.
These ads changed the political shape of Britain, raised social consciousness generally as well as concerns for human rights in particular.We do not have all the details about this campaign but SOFII decided to showcase it because we believe that every fundraiser wherever he or she works should be familiar with these ads and what they achieved.
‘Pills for another person’s pain is a project of awareness and also a new symbol of hope.’
Reuben Steains presents Medicos Sin Fronteras: medicine for someone else’s pain
What would fundraising be without volunteers? Another great exhibit that shows how partnerships can turn a simple idea into pure gold.