Crisis Fundraising

The coronavirus outbreak is a turning point for all of society. It seems increasingly that our lives will be forever changed by the events of 2020. But this presents an opportunity for fundraisers - to be better, bolder and more creative and to harness our power of solidarity. In this series, SOFII will lead the way in demonstrating how charities can make the most of this time of crisis to band together and produce transformative fundraising.

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 Olive Cooke story

by Ken Burnett

How the tragic case of Olive Cooke impacted the fundraising sector and led to radical change.

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The Salvation Army: Coronavirus response campaign

by Gemma Reeve

This multi-platform campaign shows the importance of flexibility in fundraising, especially during the time of coronavirus.

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Marie Curie: Alpaca Meet & Greet

by Meredith Niles

Marie Curie fundraisers were inspired by an innovative fundraising idea they saw at I Wish I’d Thought of That (IWITOT) 2020. The team worked quickly to turn the idea into a quirky, low-cost campaign featuring alpacas on video calls.

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Trends of the Covid-19 pandemic on fundraising in the UK and the USA

by Daryl Upsall & Jorge Hernando

Could a focus on young people and new avenues of fundraising be a key to beating the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic?

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The pandemic: where has fundraising been, where is it going and where should we be focusing now?

by Giles Pegram CBE

Help is at hand. A free online booklet and webinar are now available to help you deliver great fundraising during the coronavirus pandemic. And the advice all hinges on how to provide a superb supporter experience.

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Fundraising successes at a time of catastrophe - part one

by Ken Burnett

Across the globe fundraisers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in innovative and inspirational ways. In the first of two articles, we bring you their stories.

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Furloughed Fundraisers Chat: A safe space to be

by Claire James

In a time of crisis for fundraisers, a wonderful group of furloughed charity professionals have gathered together on Facebook to help and support one another.

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IWITOT 2020: Sweet Farm’s Goat 2 Meeting

by Joshua Leigh

For his presentation at IWITOT 2020, Josh Leigh wished he'd thought of getting goats to join Zoom calls during the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, that's a thing.

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Charities... the new supermarkets?

by Richard Spencer

Can charities take on the role of supermarkets in the time of coronavirus? This is the question asked by our friends at About Loyalty.

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Major contributors to this section

Richard Turner

Richard Turner was chief fundraiser at Solar Aid from 2011 to 2016 and is senior consultant for Alan Clayton Associates. 

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Richard Spencer

Richard helps organisations grow customer loyalty. Because commercially it makes sense.

Many organisations understand that it's important to grow loyalty, but don't know where to start.

Richard helps charities, membership organisations and social enterprises put in place the relevant tools and approaches to grow loyalty, giving quick wins and longer term solutions.

Richard has held senior positions at RSPB, Scope and The Children's Society and has been a trustee for three other charitable organisations. He is also on the steering group for the IOF Supporter Experience group.

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Joe Burnett

Joe Burnett is Contributing Editor for SOFII.

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