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Can’t start a fire without a spark – how to build community relationships

Can’t start a fire without a spark – how to build community relationships

Guest Bloggers | 21 August 2018

As community fundraisers we have a huge amount of methods and tools readily available that help us to find, build and grow successful fundraising relationships and the amazing news is, it’s free. Want to know the secret? It’s you.

Connecting Personal Development to Donor Experience

Connecting Personal Development to Donor Experience

Gary Kernahan | 14 September 2017

Gary Kernahan and Loretta Bresciani Murray ask whether charities in Scotland are failing their donors and beneficiaries by overlooking learning and development.

Community Fundraising: Looking Ahead to 2020

Community Fundraising: Looking Ahead to 2020

Guest Bloggers | 23 August 2017

Loretta Bresciani-Murray on how putting supporters first in community fundraising can help us prepare for the future.

Young volunteers

Young volunteers: the future of fundraising

Guest Bloggers | 15 May 2017

Having youth on your side definitely has its advantages. That’s because with youth comes energy and vitality. Not to mention fresh ideas, different skill-sets, and above all, passion.

People round a table success

Planning for success

Guest Bloggers | 25 May 2016

Over the past few years I've worked with hundreds of groups and individuals, I’ve helped them to build their confidence, to seek out the right fit in terms of sources of funding, to turn doubts into concepts, ideas into projects, and projects into sustainable services.

The future of hospice fundraising calls for collaborative leaders

The future of hospice fundraising calls for collaborative leaders

Guest Bloggers | 20 January 2016

I am still amazed at how many fundraisers visibly recoil at the word collaboration; I have witnessed it many times. There is no doubt that many are hanging onto “what’s mine is mine” attitudes and approaches to income generation, blinkered to the opportunities that working collaboratively could bring.

IoF Individual Giving

A tragedy or an opportunity?

Guest Bloggers | 23 November 2015

Last year, many people got involved with the #ProudFundraiser campaign. They say that pride comes before a fall. And it did. This year we witnessed the most uncomfortable, significant, public challenge to the integrity of the fundraising profession.

Reflections of a Community Fundraiser

Reflections of a Community Fundraiser

Guest Bloggers | 27 May 2015

My eight year-long career in fundraising has had various guises, predominantly Events, but with a hefty stint in Trusts and Foundations, and a brief but satisfying flirt with Corporate and Individual Giving. Community fundraising however was never an area I had actively pursued. So when it came my way unexpectedly, I jumped at the chance with the mind that it would be a good move for my CV to gain a closer insight into yet another strand of the woven cloth that is fundraising. As it turns out I got rather more than I had bargained for!

Being the Best: Top Tips for Community Fundraisers

Being the Best: Top Tips for Community Fundraisers

Gary Kernahan | 18 May 2015

I recently stood in front of an audience full of Community Fundraisers and proudly declared, 'My name is Gary and I’m proud to be a Community Fundraiser'.

Event Management: The Holy Trinity

Event Management: The Holy Trinity

Guest Bloggers | 15 May 2015

What is a perfect event? A party that runs to time? Great speeches? Star guests? And of course having your guests show you the money. Why else do event managers spend months tapping contacts to secure the best auction items and put on a stone in weight at countless tastings (okay, that's my fault as I have a broad interpretation of the word "tasting")?

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What is the biggest challenge facing fundraisers currently?

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