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Throwing UK Fundraising Under the Bus

The Agitator

A number of thoughtful and concerned UK Agitator readers weighed in this week expressing a range of emotions from distress to disgust over what some termed the Institute of Fundraising’s (IoF) latest “betrayal” of the sector. On August 18 IoF announced an Update to the Code of Fundraising Practice. It appears to some.

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The U.K.’s New Fundraising Sheriff

The Agitator

Self-regulation of fundraising went down the tubes this week in the U.K., Communications Donor retention / loyalty / commitment Fundraising philosophy/profession Nonprofit management premiumand the nonprofit sector has no one to blame but itself.

Opt-in/Opt-out: Special to UK and EU Readers

The Agitator

At stake is nothing short of whether a charity will be able to communicate with its donors or prospects without first securing the donors’ permission.

Playing The Fundraising Blame Game In The U.K.

The Agitator

A fundraising firing squad is now being formed in the UK. Once again ‘reforms’ will focus on tactics, vendor behavior, and steps aimed at regulating fundraisers’ behavior and preserving organizational income. Fundraising philosophy/profession premiumUnfortunately, it seems to be forming in a circle. Instead.

Arts Funding Crisis in the UK

JCA Insights

Greetings from London, where the arts world is bracing for its worst crisis since 1974, when a combination of steep increases in the price of oil and a coal strike paralyzed the UK economy and, by extension, the arts world.  Many of these organizations have never had to actively and aggressively fundraise.  Uncategorized Fundraising

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Work Your Proper Hours

Wild Woman Fundraising

million U.K. The TUC estimates that unpaid overtime in the U.K. And hey, this doesn’t just happen in the UK. You could. 

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INTERVIEW: With Craig Linton, The Fundraising Detective!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Like, do the fundraising professionals in the UK get taken for granted, just like in the US? How did you get involved in fundraising?

No More Grumpy Fundraisers

The Agitator

Each day for the past 10 years Tom and I have pored over dozens of blogs, papers, presentations and speeches prepared by scores of fundraisers.

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‘Great Fundraising’

The Agitator

“What differentiates great fundraising from the average, good or poor?” As in 2X, 3X or 4X their organization’s ‘normal’ income. Roger.

Hey Slacker, high five!

Wild Woman Fundraising

by Ben Hunt , a UK web designer who is pretty fantastic at helping people create more engagement and money on their websites. Uh huh. NpTech!

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The Future Of Fundraising: Bright Or Bleak?

The Agitator

Fundraising is in for a bleak future. And there’s little evidence fundraisers have the capacity to implement plainly needed changes.

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LTV … The GPS For Fundraisers

The Agitator

In fact, as Charlie Hulme, head of DonorVoice’s U.K. Yet Lifetime Value remains one of the most overlooked and least understood metrics in our.

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Broken! Dangerous Fundraising Machinery

The Agitator

I wonder how many donors give in spite of the fundraising machine, not because of it?! As I read and wrote about the press and public’s outrage over Face-2-Face and telemarketing techniques that’s spilled forth in the UK, I kept asking: “Why or how in the world could a sector this sophisticated have allowed this to happen?”

How You Can Get More Money Through Direct Mail: Interview with Jules Brown of “Dear Joan”

Wild Woman Fundraising

He is a professional direct response copywriter specializing in the creation of highly persuasive fundraising campaigns for charities and non-profits.

Join UK Donor Commitment Study

The Agitator

Here is a reminder … Our colleagues at DonorVoice are going to replicate in the UK their recent US study of donor commitment. The call is out for UK charities who would like to participate in the study, which will be conducted in association with Ken Burnett and SOFII. There are two elements to this project. ” Amen!

UK online giving up 85% over 3 years – but still only 3.7% of charitable donations?

Giving in a Digital World

At 50 pages this free report is a lengthy but worthwhile read, combining recent research into general UK internet usage as well as online charity activity, together with advice on how to make best use of online opportunities and some thoughts on how things are likely to develop in the future. What do you think?

Putting the Donor in Control of Fundraising

The Agitator

Much of what we fundraisers practice and preach will eventually be shown to be wrong or out of date. Events like the imposition of new regulatory rules in the U.K. Donor retention / loyalty / commitment Fundraising analytics / data Fundraising philosophy/profession Nonprofit management Research premiumand elsewhere.

What a terrific advertisement!


I really can’t say it any better than this ad thanks to LegacyVoice , a legacy administration and marketing firm based in the UK. Kudos!

At Last! Global Fundraising Supersized

The Agitator

Three weeks ago, we reported that Bernard Ross and his UK Management Centre were launching the Big Mac™ Philanthropy Index. The U.S. Your Pay?

Big Mac® Fundraising

The Agitator

The Netherlands ranks 6 th and the UK 8 th. If you want to get a jump on my review you can order the book in the US here and in the UK here.

This is not a pity party. You understand?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Sign up for my newsletter and get fresh nonprofit fundraising, management and career ideas monthly! Wow, hello hate mail! And well, shoot man.

How to Ask for a Bequest…And Get It

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Why do organizations in the UK, Canada, and Australia raise more money with bequests than we do in the US? Fundraising Online Courses

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Collective Joy = How to Harness the Power of #Occupy for Your Nonprofit Cause

Wild Woman Fundraising

Collective Joy = How to Harness the Power of #Occupy for Your Nonprofit Cause originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on February 8, 2012.

YNPN presentation: Moving up in your nonprofit career: February 28th

Wild Woman Fundraising

How did I go from college graduate to Senior Development and Communications Officer, to Fundraising consultant? This is exciting! will tell you!

Fundraising Intermission #2: Mastering The Basics

The Agitator

Here are four links you’ll also want to bookmark, read and re-read: An ABC of direct response fundraising. The 29 foundations of fundraising.

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The Danger Of Widget Mentality In Fundraising

The Agitator

I wonder how many donors give  in spite of  the fundraising machine, not because of it? Our interest in all this was triggered by the press and public’s outrage over Face-2-Face and telemarketing techniques that’s spilled forth in the UK. Here at The Agitator and over at our sister company DonorVoice  we focus on that question a lot.

12 Digital Fundraising Trends

The Agitator

Bryan Miller at blog Giving in a digital world has made a herculean effort over the month of January to unload a pile of insights about online and mobile fundraising. Trend #10 – Social Media Fundraising Growing-up. Trend #12 – Digital Fundraising Staff Shortages. This is definitely a keeper for all you online fundraisers.

Proud To Be A Fundraiser

The Agitator

Flogging registration and attendance at the U.K.’s Don''t Miss these Posts fundraising nonprofit management premium

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Bacon & Eggs & Fundraising

The Agitator

Ken Burnett worked with us on that study and together we decided to conduct the same type of major study in the UK. The study was organized by DonorVoice, SOFII and The Agitator with the help of a few farsighted UK agencies and consultancies including The Good Agency , Think Consulting Solutions , Bluefrog and Open Fundraising.

Fundraising In A Multi-Cultural Context

The Agitator

fundraisers, in particular, to widen their demographic horizons in planning their fundraising strategies … specifically with respect to engaging the ethnic and racial segments that are driving our population growth. We have been agitating for U.S. See here and here.] But I must confess to being asleep at the switch myself.

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Down With Fundraising Nonsense

The Agitator

The average fundraiser now spends most of his/her time in meetings. Everyone is complicit. volunteered to follow-up. Why even bother? Rule #1.

We Cannot Fundraise Alone

The Agitator

Hopefully The Agitator has stirred the pot constructively with some of our recent rants ( here and here ) about fundraising atrocities, as they are found in the US. Adam Clayton at the UK’s Clayton Burnett takes the conversation further, with these remarks. From: We cannot fundraise alone. ” Right on!

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Ep196: Sarah Durham on How Branding + Fundraising = Brandraising

Selfish Giving

Sarah Durham, Big Duck. On the show, Megan, Sarah and I discuss: Speaking of brands: Where did Big Duck come from? Sarah's definition of "Branding".

Which of these solution focused questions can you ask today?

Wild Woman Fundraising

originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on April 18, 2012. Lately, thanks to my friend Christina Attard , I’ve been reading a book called Fry the Monkeys by Alan Kay. In it, I am learning about how to talk about solutions instead of just problems. You are obviously doing something right. What’s that? What’s the problem? What else?

Fundraisers Are Like Farmers

The Agitator

“Don’t blame the economy” seems to be a popular mantra among some fundraisers lately. Somehow, lower disposable incomes will be overcome by clever social networking tactics.

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Which is more important? Fundraising or The Olympics?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you heard about everything going wrong with the games in the UK this year? Fundraising or The Olympics? This seems about right.

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How to stay competitive in your fundraising career

Wild Woman Fundraising

What should these skills mean to you, as a nonprofit professional, and as a fundraiser? Here are the top skills required in the UK.


The RIGHT Way to Ask for a Bequest

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Did you know organizations in the UK, Canada, and Australia raise more money with bequests than we do in the US? FundraisingPacific).

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UK Donor Commitment Study

The Agitator

Our colleagues at DonorVoice are going to replicate in the UK their recent US study of donor commitment. The call is out for UK charities who would like to participate in the study, which will be conducted in association with Ken Burnett and SOFII. The first will study a representative sample of recent, frequent UK cause donors.

What Is A Fundraiser?

The Agitator

Since I kicked off  the yeasty, comment-filled week with the Fundraising Firing Squad Forms A Circle post, I think it appropriate to end the week with Ken Burnett’s brilliant What Is A Fundraiser? But what apparently hurt Ken most was the charge about not being a practicing, hands-on fundraiser. Roger.