Top tips & how tos

The focus in this section is on practical ‘how to’ lists. Here the world's leading fundraisers share the distilled wisdom of their experience in digestible bite-sized nuggets that you can use immediately.

Bluefrog Fundraising share 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 has provided much-needed support, advice and useful templates in this excellent blog post.

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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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The A to Z of writing fundraising appeals: T to Z

by Steve Lynch

Words of wisdom, notions of tone and urgency and the central importance of YOU - all are covered in this last entry in Steve Lynch’s A to Z of writing fundraising appeals.

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The A to Z of writing fundraising appeals: M to S

by Steve Lynch

We bring you part three of copywriter Steve Lynch’s superb A to Z, exploring everything from the value of a good slogan to lessons taken from his mother and George Orwell. Stay tuned for T to Z, coming soon.

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The A to Z of writing fundraising appeals: G to L

by Steve Lynch

From grammar to the length of fundraising copy via important takes on jargon, headlines and even Rudyard Kipling, Bluefrog’s Steve Lynch continues to take a fun and informative linguistic foray through fundraising essentials.

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How to master the soft skills of fundraising

by Stephanie Dotto

There are many opinions and articles out there on how to approach donors and win them to your cause with hard skills, but in this article, Stephanie Dotto of CharityJob explores the softer skills that are too often overlooked.

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Fundraising ethics – raise more money while keeping your donors happy. What could be simpler? Part two.

by Ian MacQuillin

In the second part of his blog on fundraising ethics, Rogare’s Ian MacQuillin looks at a couple of ethical dilemmas. The solutions are anything but black and white.

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Rebels on the Liffey: a trip to Ask Direct’s Fundraising Summer School 2018

by Joe Burnett

SOFII traveled to Dublin in July to report on one of the best fundraising conferences around: the Ask Direct Fundraising Summer School. Read on to discover part one of what we learned.

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Serve or inspire? That is the question

by Richard Turner

Inspire is often a misused word in the fundraising world but it is not just a way of recruiting and even retaining donors. Inspiration can go much, much further.

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