Watch out for your job – here comes the fundraising robot

Ok, that's probably an overstatement, but the robot fundraiser has finally hit the streets. Called Don-8r, the robot relies on donations to keep it powered. During testing on the streets of Dundee, it collected £25.86 over nine hours (mainly from one and two pence pieces). Anyone familiar with collection box fundraising will notice a flaw…

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Fake philanthropy

I've seen one or two fundraising campaigns recently that seem to have taken a strategic leap in a strange direction – they tell people that it gives you a nice feeling when you give to charity. I can understand the thinking behind the approach. When you speak to donors in order to uncover their motivations,…

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Who should influence fundraisers? Make your vote count

The poll for the most influential person in fundraising has just opened at the Civil Society website. It's a rather weird accolade as it's obvious that votes aren't always cast in recognition of influence. Some voters will support friends and colleagues and others may well respond to the blatant lobbying used by those individuals desperate…

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Protect the donor

We all know the old adage, look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves, but it should probably be extended to supporters too. Because if we take care of our donors, we won't need to worry about income targets. That might sound brave or foolish (or both), but following the launch of…

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The tragedy of the commons

I studied development studies at university (at UEA) where as fresh young undergraduates we were introduced to Garret Hardin's concept of The Tragedy of the Commons (first published in Science magazine in 1968). Hardin described a situation where a group of livestock owners share a pasture which can only support a finite number of cattle.…

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