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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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'.
The Suppliers Forum was set up last year to create two-way communications between the sector’s suppliers and the IoF: a way for both to jointly listen to, and learn from, each other and discuss the challenges facing the sector. It’s a group I strongly encourage other suppliers to join – for both the value you and your organisation will get out of it and for the wider good of the sector and those who work in it.
How do we go about building more impactful corporate charity partnerships? This was the question at the heart of the IoF Corporate Partnership Conference. Through practical examples of successful partnerships and open discussion, the speakers all highlighted the need to focus on engagement, breaking down silos and broadening conversations.
I’ve always loved a good awards do and the National Fundraising Awards has long been a highlight on that front. When you’ve got a passion for fundraising and all that it achieves, it’s fantastic to be at an event that celebrates the best teams, campaigns and most inspirational individuals.