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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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A commitment to fundraising excellence

A commitment to fundraising excellence

Sam Boyle | 12 December 2018

Our research into public fundraising shows that the hard work of our members - both charities and agencies - is paying off. Sam Boyle, IoF's Policy and Information Officer, explains the success of the compliance framework in driving standards and inspiring charitable donations.

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'The Certificate in Fundraising helped me get my dream job'

Guest Bloggers | 12 December 2018

Hayley Kenward MInstF(Cert), who graduated from the Certificate in Fundraising last month, answers questions on why she decided to undertake the qualification, the skills and ...

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Daniel Fluskey

Five reasons why I think there is a bright future for fundraising

Daniel Fluskey | 27 November 2018

There may be challenges and pressures facing the sector, but there is still a bright future for fundraising, says Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the In...

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I’m proud to be a fundraiser … and a volunteer

I’m proud to be a fundraiser … and a volunteer

Guest Bloggers | 5 December 2018

To mark International Volunteer Day, Jamie McIntosh reflects on how he's benefited from volunteering at the IoF - and more widely.

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There’s no silver bullet to improving public trust (but there’s lots we can do!)

There’s no silver bullet to improving public trust (but there’s lots we can do!)

Felicity Spencer-Smith | 3 December 2018

What’s the best way to respond and increase trust and confidence in charities? An expert panel of fundraisers gathered to discuss trust for the final session of last week’s Individual Giving Conference 2018. Felicity summarises the key points of discussion.

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Legacies: Do you know your enemies?

Legacies: Do you know your enemies?

Guest Bloggers | 29 November 2018

Richard Radcliffe looks at the possible “enemies” of a legacy fundraising campaign, and how fundraisers can overcome these barriers – as well as revealing the results of a poll he conducted at the IoF Legacy Conference 2018 on threats to legacies.

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A future civil society must be grounded on mission

Peter Lewis | 23 November 2018

As Civil Society Futures, the independent inquiry led by Julia Unwin, publishes its final report this week, Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, says that the sector needs to take this opportunity to look at where it has come from, and where it wants to be.

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A street view

The power of online: Embracing digital content

Guest Bloggers | 21 November 2018

Charities need to embrace online in producing content that audiences will engage with. Kingston Smith’s Creative Vision Award, now in its fourth year, provides the opportunity for them to do just that, says Edwina Kesner.

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Peter Lewis, Chief Executive, IoF

Our Manifesto for Change to build an inclusive profession

Peter Lewis | 19 November 2018

A reflection from Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, on why supporting the fundraising community to become more equal, diverse and inclusive is one of the biggest challenges for the whole charity sector.

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