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This blog is a space for influential voices from the charity sector to comment on topical fundraising issues, explore new ideas, highlight success stories, share insight, fundraising how to tips and more. 

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How to make the most of networking at Convention

How to make the most of networking at Convention

Guest Bloggers | 21 June 2018

There are networking opportunities a plenty at Fundraising Convention, as fundraisers from far and wide come together and share ideas and learn from one another. But do you dread walking into a room full of strangers tasked with networking? Why should you bother? Where do you start? What can you do to get the most out of it? Here are my top tips for making the most of networking at Convention.

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Small charities must harness the support available in the sector

Small charities must harness the support available in the sector

Guest Bloggers | 21 June 2018

Funding cuts and an uncertain economic landscape are challenges familiar to every small charitable organisation but, similar to those within the wider sector, arts, culture an...

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'It helped me deliver more effective campaigns'

'It helped me deliver more effective campaigns'

Guest Bloggers | 20 June 2018

Andy Heald, Director of Marketing and Fundraising Services at Yeomans, found the online Certificate in Fundraising so valuable that he later took on the online Diploma in Fund...

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Raising the profile of a train station bookshop

Raising the profile of a train station bookshop

Guest Bloggers | 20 June 2018

In the summer of 2017, the 40-odd volunteers who operate the Pitlochry Station Bookshop were thrilled to learn that Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) – one of the six charities we support – had nominated us as Voluntary Fundraising Group of the Year in the Scottish Fundraising Awards. Imagine our excitement when we subsequently learned that we were on a short list of three to win the award.

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It’s true, size really doesn’t matter

It’s true, size really doesn’t matter

| 19 June 2018

We all know the phrase ‘the best things come in small packages’ – well, being 5ft10 I’m not so sure that applies to me. But it’s true that the charity sector is full of fantastic small organisations delivering a big impact for those they serve. For Small Charity Week I wanted to reflect on the great work being done in Scotland and how small charities in Scotland can stand out.

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I volunteered at Scottish Fundraising Conference … and you should too!

I volunteered at Scottish Fundraising Conference … and you should too!

Guest Bloggers | 13 June 2018

In 2017, I moved from Stirling University to work for Home-Start Glasgow South, a small local charity. I knew attending Scottish Fundraising Conference would be really valuable, particularly as I settled into the new job. Money was tight, so knowing volunteers could attend for free, I threw my hat in the ring.

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Ensuring confidence in online giving

Ensuring confidence in online giving

Stephanie Siddall | 12 June 2018

Online fundraising platforms have made an enormous difference to charity fundraising and give the public an easy and accessible way of supporting the causes they care about – particularly as an immediate response to an emergency situation.

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What's new in fundraising

What's new in fundraising

Felicity Spencer-Smith | 12 June 2018

Felicity summarises the most recent updates in the charity fundraising sector, looking at the latest on the new civil society strategy, local charities' fundraising skills, and the release of the latest Civil Society Almanac.

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Do short term roles help or hinder your career?

Do short term roles help or hinder your career?

Guest Bloggers | 11 June 2018

We know the charity sector is no stranger to short-term contracts, this is even truer when it comes to fundraising roles. Just how much of an impact does the commonality of six and 12 month contracts have? Are they negative, a lifespan of the role, or a chance to develop a broad and diverse skill set to continually improve your career?

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