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SOFII presents: World-Changers at Work

Yes, you can make a difference

Welcome to SOFII’s WoW! project, the world-changers at work. We like to think fundraising is about making a difference in the world, but is that always the case for every fundraiser? How do we empower people working in fundraising to transcend the idea of just ‘doing the job’ and inspire them to flourish, to really make a difference where it will matter most? Is it even desirable, or should fundraising just be about who can raise the most money? Are there lessons we can learn from the corporate sector?

The WoW! project will explore these questions and more, bringing you the voices of experts from both the voluntary sector and beyond but also from individual fundraisers and people starting out in the sector who feel they want to make the world a better place from their workplace. We’ll look at examples of companies and charities who do things differently, and offer our readers a chance to share their own experiences as well. How are you going to change the world?


Fundraising in a time of crisis and World-changers at Work: The Good Suspended video series

by Francesco Ambrogetti

All around the world, people are doing amazing things to help others cope during the coronavirus pandemic. Italian fundraiser Francesco Ambrogetti shares some of his favourites in this video series, entitled The Good Suspended.

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Meet the world-changers - overcoming adversity: an interview with Michelle Berriman

by Joe Burnett

This is one of the best interviews we’ve had on SOFII and certainly in the WoW! Project. Michelle Berriman, Executive Director at the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand, has had a fascinating and at times harrowing life. She has kindly and candidly shared her story with SOFII’s Joe Burnett to explain how she used her personal struggles to become a real world-changer at work.

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Art Fund: Crowdfunding to save Prospect Cottage (part two)

by Joe Burnett

We bring you part two of our interview with the fundraisers behind a successful crowdfunding campaign to save Derek Jarman’s home. In this instalment, SOFII explores the intricacies of how such a project works.

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Art Fund: Crowdfunding to save Prospect Cottage (part one)

by Joe Burnett

Derek Jarman was a huge figure in modern British cinema and art. Now his unique home, a work of art in itself, is the subject of a truly inspirational and ambitious crowdfunding campaign by the Art Fund. We sat down with three of the drivers behind the campaign to discuss Jarman, Prospect Cottage and crowdfunding. They wowed us, so we hope they'll wow you too!

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World-changers at Work presents: SuperTeds

by Joe Burnett

These ten inspirational TED Talks lay out frameworks for making the world a better, fairer place through our work environments and interactions with those around us.

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WoW! Presents - Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity: Freya’s story

by Joe Burnett

From World-changers at Work, this is the story of how one brave teenager turned tragedy into opportunity and raised money for the people who saved her life.

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World-changers at Work presents: a life-stage fairytale - how Beryl and Clive found the meaning of life.

by Ken Burnett

In an excerpt of his Storytelling can change the world book recreated for World-changers at Work, Ken Burnett asks how fundraisers can help people find meaning in their life to make a difference to the world. The answer? Tell great stories.

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World-changers at Work: what can the charity sector learn from the climate change debate?

by Mark Dibden

Can the charities sector learn anything from the debate around climate change? If we want to change the world and better serve our beneficiaries, Mark Dibden of agency Cello Signal certainly thinks so.

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Plastic not-so-fantastic: Turning the Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegle reviewed

by Joe Burnett

In her fantastic book, journalist Lucy Siegle sets out how we can all make a difference in tackling an increasingly dangerous plastic situation.

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Meet the world-changers - from the fundraising frontline: an interview with Jiblu Rahman

by Joe Burnett

Jiblu Rahman wowed people across the fundraising sector with his star turn in Islamic Relief’s ‘Saving lives isn’t easy’ ad campaign. Joe Burnett sat down with him to discuss the campaign and how he, as a young fundraiser, is becoming a world-changer.

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