Oxfam Vs Nothing But Nets

The Science of Giving is a fantastic publication that should be on the shelf of every fundraiser. It summarises some of the most important social experiments that have helped to highlight the reasons behind low response rates and high levels of attrition. The chapter by Cynthia Cryder and George Loewenstein is a particular favourite. A…

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Mick Jagger ate my mail pack

The Resource Alliance has recently released a video of a presentation I was involved in at last years IFC in Amsterdam. Together with Damian O'Broin from Ask Direct in Ireland and Sandra Cnossen-Albers from WSPA in The Netherlands (who now runs her own fundraising consultancy, Raising Results) we put together a presentation on celebrating the…

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So what’s going on in the digital fundraising world?

The 2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study has been published by M+R Strategic Services and the Nonprofit Technology Network. It's based on analysing the online giving and advocacy activity of donors to 40 charities and nonprofits. It is obviously a US study, but the figures are useful to those of us wondering how we are doing with…

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When to choose choice

Choice is becoming a buzzword in fundraising. But just how important is it? Over the last few years, organisations like Kiva, DonorsChoose and CRUK (with MyProjects) have done rather well by offering people a chance to decide how their donations are used. Kiva, which launched in 2005, has generated over $200 million for people working…

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Why Bluefrog is turning away business

We don't want to do it, but we may have to unless we recruit more staff. And as you are reading this blog, I'd like you to consider joining us. We are looking to recruit 2 Senior Account Managers and 2 Account Managers to ensure that we can say yes to the charities that currently…

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How to work with an agency

Very, very few charities train their fundraising staff in how to work with an agency. One that does is Barnardo's. And I count myself very lucky to have them as a client. Gill McLellan, who put the training sessions together, has experience working both sides of the fence. Its given her a great perspective on…

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