Thursday, 31 March 2016

5 Possible Futures with the Fundraising Preference Service

This week I've been channelling Minority Report and pondering what the future with a Fundraising Preference Service (as conceived under the current proposals) might look like. 

As my last post might have indicated, I'm not the world's biggest fan of the Fundraising Preference Service as it's currently conceived. In summary, my views are as follows:

Should it be easier for supporters of charities to manage the communications they get? Yes

Should there be a Fundraising Regulator capable of ensuring Fundraising bodies adhere to the Codes of Practice? Yes

Should Fundraising bodies who ignore the Codes of Practice be held to account? Yes, absolutely. 

These things will bring Fundraising into alignment with all other professions and ensure that bad practice takes no root. 

Will the Fundraising Preference Service as it's currently conceived do this? No.

Is there a better way to achieve the above? Yes. 

Are alternatives being considered? It appears not. 

But what MIGHT the Fundraising Preference Service achieve? 

Well, let's see.... 

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Why the Fundraising Preference Service makes my head hurt...

I'll never get this morning back. It's gone. The bright sunlight has faded into a smear of grey drizzle and my daughter is red cheeked and mad eyed from too much telly.  I blame the Fundraising Preference Service.

It took quite a while to wade through the proposals which are framed as "a conversation with stakeholders." It could be construed as a conversation I suppose, a bit like one of those conversations I might have with my Dad about education or politics which result in a sense of quiet desperation and a desire to flush my head down the toilet. 

It's. Just. So. Flawed.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Ewan Hastings says... Listen to the Fundraising Tips You Get

Get ready for a Guest Collectivist! Mr Ewan Hastings, author of Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Success Top Tips: Valuable Lessons from an Old-Dog Fundraiser is here to share some of those top tips!

Over to you Ewan

I have now been a charity fundraiser for over 21 years and have had gained a lot of tips from various fundraising peers, managers, colleagues, fundraising experts, books, seminars and training courses.  In fact, the list goes on and on of the people and places where I have picked up fundraising tips.

I have been careful to always write them down and learn the wisdom of others.  They way I look at them is that the person telling me has, generally, learned them the hard way: through mistake or hard graft.

Now, as I celebrate the start of my 22nd year in fundraising, I feel the time is right to start passing on my tips to less experienced grants fundraisers out there.  This is why I have recently published the first of a series of fundraising top tips eBooks.  The eBook is called "Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Success Top Tips: Valuable Lessons from an Old-Dog Fundraiser" and is available to download on Kindle now at a very reasonable £4.99.

If you're new to applying for grants from charitable trusts and foundations, the book will guide you through the basics, help you develop good fundraising habits, and build your skill set.  If you have more experience, you’ll find some useful new tips to inspire you to raise more money and get help mastering the intricacies of securing funds from trusts and foundations. 

For everyone tasked with raising money it’s a condensed, no nonsense resource for fundraising success, that will take you to the next level.  The Top Tips cover everything from writing funding applications and research, to site visits and staying organised for more effective fundraising.
So to whet your appetite for what appears in the book, here are my top 10 tips for writing to charitable trusts and foundations: