My first weeks as a fundraiser

Welcome to ‘My first weeks as a fundraiser’. If you’ve just started out in fundraising this is the place for you. We bring you essential insight and all the basics you will need to make your way in the first steps of your career as a fundraiser. Even if you've worked in the business for a while you might find some important details you need to brush up on.

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When fundraising collapsed – are we ready for a new era of responsible fundraising?

by Giles Pegram CBE

As we enter another year in fundraising, Giles Pegram is pausing to look back. In this article, he reflects on some important moments in his time as a fundraiser – from 1983 to the present. Giles also refers to the lessons found in the Commission on the Donor Experience and offers fundraisers ten tips that he believes will help you usher in a new era of responsible fundraising.

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My 30 years as a fundraiser

by Michelle Chambers

Michelle Chambers started out working in fashion at Topshop. But once she took on her first role in fundraising, that was it. Michelle was a fundraiser through and through. In this inspiring article, Michelle shares some of her 30-year journey in fundraising with you. Dive in to discover her story and take a look at some important themes that have influenced and changed our profession over three decades.

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The NSPCC and me: one fundraiser, one charity, 17 years of life-changing service

by Ben Swart

Ben Swart shares his 17-year journey as a fundraiser at the NSPCC. In this inspiring article, Ben reflects on his long service and explains why this charity will always hold a special place in his heart. It’s a must-read for any fundraiser just starting out in our sector. 

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Campaigning fundraisers can change the world


What is the future of fundraising? Will it be a bright one after the pandemic? Yes, says Ken Burnett. In fact, fundraisers like you can change the world.

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Savvy students volunteer to help charities in times of crisis

by Anna McDaid

Studenteer pairs student volunteers looking for professional experience with charities that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This is a smart collaboration, in a time of crisis. 

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My first weeks as a fundraiser: where do I start?

by Ken Burnett

SOFII presents ‘My first weeks as a fundraiser’: a series to guide you through the start of your fundraising career. We hope to create a treasure trove linking you to the best of what’s on SOFII when it comes to the essentials of fundraising, aka everything you need to get your feet under the table. 

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Introducing: the verities

by Jerold Panas

An introduction to Jerold Panas’ fundraising verities.

Each important, many a virtual strike of lightning. 

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