The Fundraiser’s Toolbox

You know that fundraising is hard work. To be successful you need to be well equipped to take on all its challenges. At SOFII, we thought you might like some help. So we’ve put together this fundraiser’s toolbox that we’ll be filling with essential examples, formats, articles, case studies, ideas and tips that we think every fundraiser should know about.

Fundraising in a time of crisis: SOFII’s guide to navigating tough times

by Joe Burnett

In this series, we look at the lessons we can learn from the coronavirus crisis and how fundraisers can use it as an opportunity to change the world.

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The F2F Hub – collaborative working keeps fundraisers on track through coronavirus

by Rachael Moore

Through mutual support and the sharing of experiences, face-to-face fundraisers around the world are bringing forth a bright new future – even in times of crisis.

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Pivoting and pirouetting: how face-to-face got the moves during coronavirus

by Daryl Upsall

Despite the 1st International Face2Face Fundraising Congress being forced to move online during the pandemic, organiser Daryl Upsall sees a bright future ahead and celebrates the face-to-face fundraisers who have risen to the challenge.

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People who have more money can give more away

by Mark Phillips

The impact of the pandemic means many people, particularly older donors, are wealthier. Mark Phillips of Bluefrog Fundraising offers you some simple ways to adjust your approach to mid-level donors as you plan for 2021.

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The Bata Shoes story

by Ken Burnett

In this article from his archive, SOFII founder Ken Burnett muses on how fundraisers should look at the world and our profession. He also draws unexpected inspiration from the number one shoe company in Africa.

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Why coronavirus has been UNICEF’s catalyst for change in face-to-face fundraising

by Daniel McDonnell

The pandemic has hit all areas of fundraising hard, but none more so than face-to-face. Here, Daniel McDonnell of UNICEF shows you how the crisis has transformed their approach to street fundraising.

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How to show the right gratitude attitude to new e-mail subscribers

by Ephraim Gopin

The first e-mail you send to new subscribers is crucial, as it will inform whether or not they open any subsequent messages. In this handy guide, Ephraim Gopin explains how to ensure you start off on the front foot.

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Should you enthusiastically promote legacy giving when people are dying?

by Claire Axelrad

Is it a good time to be asking your donors to leave a legacy? Claire Axelrad explores this difficult question and comes to some thought-provoking conclusions.

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Introducing Fulfilled Fundraisers, a new learning platform for fundraisers

by Joe Burnett

Now, more than ever, fundraisers want to connect with their peers and help each other. Thankfully there’s a space where you can learn from the best in the business, without even needing to leave your desk: Fulfilled Fundraisers.

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Communication and the English language

by Ken Burnett

Ken Burnett tackles bad use of the English language in fundraising and explains why getting this crucial matter right can make all the difference.

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