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.

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 Mythsmashers at the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s annual conference 2020. 

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The face-to-face fundraisers back on the street after lockdown

by Peter Steinmayer

As face-to-face fundraising markets slowly reopened in parts of Europe, Peter Steinmayer, Head of Face-to-Face at the Austrian Fundraising Association (Fundraising Verband Austria), shared his insights from the fundraisers’ first days back on the streets of Vienna.

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Fundraising successes at a time of catastrophe - part two

by Ken Burnett

From the USA to Italy, Great Britain to Australia and beyond, fundraisers are showing how we can all make a difference. in these difficult times in part two of this collaborative article.

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Italy’s fundraising task force: Helping hospitals during the pandemic

by Umberto Tramontano and Diego Maria Ierna

Faced with an unprecedented crisis that put Italy at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus, over 40 of the country's leading fundraisers have volunteered their time and expertise to help raise money for struggling hospitals. 

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Fundraising in a time of crisis: five ways you can think about the supporter experience right now

by Richard Turner

Fundraiser Richard Turner shares how charities such as RNLI, Asthma UK, Freedom from Torture, and SolarAid are responding to the coronavirus crisis and reaching out to their supporters.

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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 coronavirus special with Giles Pegram

by Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips of Bluefrog sits down with fundraising expert Giles Pegram to discuss the coronavirus crisis and how it affects charities in this edition of ‘Why do people give?’

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Fundraising in a time of crisis: could this be fundraising’s finest hour?

by Ken Burnett

We’ve seen quarantined Italians serenading each other from their balconies - what can fundraisers learn from such solidarity? Ken Burnett explains all.

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Bluefrog Fundraising’s free resources for creating a coronavirus appeal

by Mark Phillips

During uncertain times it’s refreshing to find that people are offering help to fundraisers and charities who may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. One such hero is Mark Phillips of UK agency Bluefrog Fundraising, who provides much-needed support, advice and useful templates in this excellent blog post.

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