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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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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 – ...

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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, an...

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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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Seize these five opportunities

Seize these five opportunities

Guest Bloggers | 8 June 2018

Navigating GDPR has been at times confusing, frustrating and stressful but the good news is that it challenges fundraisers to push innovation further and seize opportunities. What does the future hold now that we have pulled ourselves over the start line of GDPR?

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Building big digital movements

Building big digital movements

Guest Bloggers | 5 June 2018

The world of digital fundraising and campaigns is changing – and changing very quickly. Fundraising using the models, techniques and channels we’ve come to rely on (from direct mail to telemarketing and everything in between) is becoming increasingly difficult. The safe shores of yesterday no longer look so hospitable.

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Cash giving still adds up

Cash giving still adds up

Stephanie Siddall | 4 June 2018

In the Spring Statement 2018, the Chancellor announced that HM Treasury would be launching a call for evidence on ‘cash and digital payments in the new economy’. Its publication caused a bit of a kerfuffle in the media around the potential removal of 1p and 2p coins from circulation, and the impact this could have on charity donations.

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Donor experience: Are we doing it all wrong?

Donor experience: Are we doing it all wrong?

Guest Bloggers | 3 June 2018

If we look at the most commonly used phrases in our sector at the moment, I’d hazard a guess that ‘donor experience’ must come a very close second to ‘GDPR’. We’ve had the Commission on the Donor Experience, we’ve got a new IoF Donor Experience Special Interest Group setting up the Donor Experience Project, we have donor experience teams and ‘donor experience’ is appearing in more and more job descriptions.

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NESS Chairman John Legg and NESS Fundraising Coordinator Neil Skene

Scottish Fundraising Awards and why you should nominate

Guest Bloggers | 31 May 2018

When Neil Skene received the runner-up Excellence in Fundraising Award at the Scottish Fundraising Conference 2017, everyone at North East Sensory Services was so proud of his achievements and the contribution he and his team had made in the work of NESS. He lives our strapline of 'Achieving Independence for Blind and Deaf People'.

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