Why you need to entertain (and stuff like that)

Here's a great video produced for Red Nose Day in New Zealand. There is no real reason to share it other than it features Flight of the Conchords and, as a result, is rather amusing. But perhaps that should be reason enough. Outrage or pity can generate huge sums of money. But when it comes…

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This is not a strategy

 Nor is this… Great fundraising isn't about reducing the amount you ask for until it means so little to the donor that they simply don't care about handing it over. Nor is it about asking again until the donor feels uncomfortable saying no. It's about engagement. It's about finding a point of connection that…

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Give donors what they value and they will reward you

A new study aimed at improving our understanding of donor motivation and behaviour has just been published by New Philanthropy Capital. The report, Money for Good UK, looks at both mainstream and high-income (£150k+ household income) donors. It's a hefty 90 pages long, so whilst I recommend putting a few hours aside for an in-depth…

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Mobile giving – it’s easy to stand out in a crowd of one

This is a guest post from Bluefrog's new Head of Donor Engagement – James Waring. In the first couple of weeks after you start a new job (as I have done this January) you often find yourself looking for things to do, or waiting around for meetings and inductions. During these lulls, in a bid…

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Write a soap opera, not a news story

For the best part of thirty years, Eastenders has dominated the TV ratings. The Christmas episode from back in 1986 attracted over 30 million viewers and still retains the record for Britain's most watched TV show. And I bet this Christmas, it will be there at the top of the ratings yet again. As fundraisers,…

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The secret life of a donor – video evidence

I recently had the fantastic opportunity of appearing on stage in front of an audience of over 900 fundraisers as part of Tony Elischer's amazing experiment – Theatre of Fundraising – at AFP Congress in Toronto. One of the areas that Tony asked me to look at was fatigue. This was a theatre, so it…

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If you want people to read your appeals, remember this…

There's a very common eye condition known as presbyopia that affects about 30% of the population. But it's far more common amongst donors to charity. That's because most charity donors are well over 40 – the age where the lenses in your eyes start to change. They become less flexible and, as a result, it…

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Please like the condescending corporate brand page

I couldn't help but recognise the behaviour of a fairly significant number of charities on the Condescending Corporate Brand Page. It's a spoof Facebook page which usefully highlights some of the more annoying things that organisations do on the social networking site. We know that most people like corporate brands on Facebook because of discounts.…

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Jeff Brooks to speak in the UK

If you'd like to radically improve your DM fundraising, make sure you are free on the 10th of September. Jeff Brooks, blogger at Future Fundraising Now, is running a day-long private seminar where he'll be sharing a host of creative secrets that will help you to radically improve your DM campaigns. Come along and you'll…

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Fundraising advice from Snoopy

Anyone who grew up reading Peanuts, will probably remember the strips where Snoopy is sitting on top of his kennel, about to start writing his first novel. He rarely got beyond the first paragraph, which always seemed to start with the sentence, "It was a dark and stormy night." His literary frustrations sum up a…

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