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.

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

by Kiki Koutmeridou

Does naming your campaign improve acquisition? What should you call your monthly donor programme? The answer to these and other fundraising questions may be found in behavioural science.

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Charity Chat Podcast - How does SOFII inspire fundraisers worldwide?

by Samuel Davies

Joe Burnett, our contributing editor, talks with Samuel Davies of Charity Chat in this great podcast. They discuss the virtues of SOFII and give an insider’s look at what the site and the charity can offer you. 

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The wit and wisdom of George Smith - Why shame the punters when you can threaten them?

by George Smith

In this new entry to our series by the great writer, George Smith tackles the 'aggressive' tactics used by direct marketers. 

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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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Integrity is not something you show others, it’s how you behave behind their back

by Ken Burnett

Ken Burnett, SOFII’s founder, looks at questions of integrity in fundraising and where it’s lacking, asking the question ‘Whatever has happened to plain ol’ knowing "right" from "wrong"?’

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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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SAVE FINZ: Emergency direct mail appeal

by Joe Burnett

Facing difficult financial straits due to coronavirus, the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand launched an unprecedented matched funds appeal and brought in support from all around the world.

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The Great Bungay Duck Race: Virtual success in 2020

by Joe Burnett

How one small charity in rural England had to innovate and try out new ideas to ensure their event went ahead. When coronavirus forced them to go virtual, they did in style.

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Two of the greatest fundraising letters ever written

by Denny Hatch

In this fascinating article, marketing giant Denny Hatch presents two of the greatest fundraising letters of all time, and explains the complex, sometimes murky, story of how they came about.

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