Opinion / features

Many of the issues that matter most to fundraisers are far from clear cut. Here, in a series of illustrated feature articles, seasoned practitioners and newcomers alongside leading figures from the world of fundraising are free to give vent to their passionately-held views and opinions. Join the big debates or study the side issues so you can work out your own view on what matters most.

Refugees build bridges across society

by Lyndall Stein

In an article originally written for Fair Observer during Refugee Week, Lyndall celebrates the contributions refugees have made to British society and how we can fight back against discrimination and prejudice.

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The science of fundraising: Ask a behavioural scientist, part one

by Kiki Koutmeridou

Why do people give and how can we persuade them to give more or continue donating? Maybe the answer lies in behavioural science? We’re delighted to be able to share this first Q&A on the topic with Dr Kiki Koutmeridou.

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Why do people give? Talking to donors during the coronavirus crisis

by Mark Phillips

How are donors feeling towards charities and what do they expect from them during the coronavirus crisis? Mark Phillips and Amber Nathan of Bluefrog Fundraising discuss their recent research into this crucial question.

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Why do people give? The legacy podcast with Richard Radcliffe

by Mark Phillips

In this conversation, expert legacy fundraiser Richard Radcliffe shares why people leave bequests and what changes he has noticed over the yearsparticularly as baby boomers have begun to seriously consider which charities they want to remember.

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From the Mythsmashers: 'Fundraisers raise funds not friends' – smashing that myth.

by Lauren McDermott

‘Too often our focus is on our own needs and short-term goals.’ So says Lauren McDermott of Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Western Australia, winner of this year’s Mythsmashers talks for the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s annual conference in another superb myth-busting piece from lovely Down Under.

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Shocked and a little bit excited - how coronavirus will impact charity giving

by Richard Spencer

How will coronavirus impact giving to charities? Over the coming weeks, the lovely chaps at About Loyalty will analyse donor sentiments and report on their findings. They have kindly let us share the results, and these are the findings after one week.

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Why do people give? The podcast with Ken Burnett

by Mark Phillips

We bring you Mark Phillips’ conversation with SOFII founder and fundraising expert Ken Burnett, from the podcast Why do people give?

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Why do people give? The podcast with Lyndall Stein

by Mark Phillips

Why do people give? The podcast hosted by esteemed fundraising expert Mark Phillips is back, this time with the amazing Lyndall Stein. In the interview, Lyndall shares many wonderful memories including working for the African National Congress and raising money to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, to name a few.

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Why do people give? A podcast by Mark Phillips of Bluefrog Fundraising.

by Mark Phillips

We’re delighted to bring you the first edition of a very special podcast: Why do people give? Hosted by Mark Phillips of agency Bluefrog Fundraising, episode one features celebrated fundraising legend Giles Pegram, CBE,  former fundraising director of the NSPCC.

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From the Mythsmashers: is fundraising all about the money?

by Claire Hughes

What is fundraising all about? If you think it’s all about making money, then think again. Claire Hughes talks you through how we can all smash this fundraising myth.

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