Thursday, 25 October 2012

10 things I always wanted to know about the IFC but was afraid to find out!



This week the Fundraising Collective is delighted to welcome guest Collectivist Joel Voysey to the fold.  Head of Stewardship at the Breast Cancer Campaign, Joel is a veteran fundraiser of fifteen years experience but there were still.....

10 things he always wanted to know about the International Fundraising Congress but was afraid to find out!   

Over to Joel... 

Perspectives of a first time delegate...


I have never attended the International Fundraising Congress in Holland before, partly because of the relatively high cost, but also because it always falls on my birthday! This year I resolved to go anyway and here’s what I learnt along with some tips for anyone attending for the first time next year.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Let's go on a date: is Major Gifts for you?

Fifty Billion dollars by Zero One
In a couple of weeks I'm off to the Institute of Fundraising Scotland Conference to talk about "Starting a Major Gifts Programme from Scratch".    As you might imagine, I've been musing on what people coming to the conference will want to hear - and need to hear.

<< answers on a postcard to thefundraisingcollective @ gmail.com >>

How do I start?  What level do I pitch it at?  If I were a consultant sitting down with a charity here's where I'd start:


Is Major Gifts really for you?

Monday, 1 October 2012

On being stiff, lying spellcheckers and dullness


You may remember that last month I wrote about avoiding the hallmarks of a pretentious ass. This post contained a list by advertising legend David Ogilvy,  which he’d sent to the employees of his advertising agency. The list was entitled 'How to Write,'  and point number 1 on his list was:
"Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing. Read it three times."