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.

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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., and the nonprofit sector has no one to blame but itself.

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Opt In vs Opt Out: The ‘Make or Break’ Decision In The UK And EU

The Agitator

Here’s a question for fundraisers in the UK and the European Union: Would you rather lose 50% or 85% of your donor base? That’s the essence of what’s at stake as fundraisers stand on the tracks staring at the fast approaching train of new regulations on donor data protection that go into effect May 2018. First, some background on what’s coming and some frightening results of early testing indicating it’s not gonna be pretty.

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

The Agitator

Regardless of the outcome of next week’s Brexit referendum on whether the UK should stay in or leave the European Union, fundraisers will continue to face the Opt-in/Opt-out Dilemma.

Playing The Fundraising Blame Game In The U.K.

The Agitator

A fundraising firing squad is now being formed in the UK. Unfortunately, it seems to be forming in a circle. If ever there were a time for calm, cool, thoughtful and different fact-finding and exploration, it’s now. I’m afraid that in the name of ‘protecting’ the donor, the true reform desperately needed by our sector — improvements in how donors connect and interact with charities — will largely be ignored.

Are you fundraising for Africa? Read this!

Wild Woman Fundraising

I am so excited to present to you my interview with Charlotte Beauvoisin, who writes Diary of a Munzungu , a UK citizen working in Uganda. Modern life is so stressful – the choices I’m faced with when I travel home to the UK boggle my mind!

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. Enclosed: A picture of me in the middle of writing an incredibly important blog post. Uh huh.

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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. The first will study a representative sample of recent, frequent UK cause donors. UK participants will be charged a £1,000 fee each to cover direct costs of the work.

This is not a pity party. You understand?

Wild Woman Fundraising

From the same article above: “In his first major speech as leader of the Labour Party (in the UK), Ed Miliband said: “I do believe this country is too unequal and the gap between rich and poor doesn’t just harm the poor, it harms us all.”". Wow, hello hate mail!

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 is UK fundraising different than USA fundraising? I think there were only 174 million pound plus gifts in the UK in 2011, whilst in the US there was over 6,000!

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

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’ve written copy that’s run in the USA, the UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand the Middle East and South East Asia, and one thing shines through: no matter where you go, donors are much the same — people who care. Image Creative Commons "Money" by Stuart Dootson).

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. Are charities under-reporting online giving or is online really providing less than one twentieth of all the UK’s voluntary income?

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

Wild Woman Fundraising

Protest Puppet from Paris: Image copyright 0olong from Flickr. What Barbara Erhenreich AND the Occupy Movement are teaching me is that we need to take the collective expression of protest around the world and have a dance-off. Really? What does your cause need next? Music! Face-painting! Big puppets!

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

Wild Woman Fundraising

This is exciting! Are you looking for a job at your desk right now? I will be giving a presentation on moving up in your nonprofit career for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Monday, at Opal Devines in Austin TX, doors at 6pm, presentation starts at 7pm BE THERE!

Which of these solution focused questions can you ask today?

Wild Woman Fundraising

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. I think it’s a useful lesson for us as nonprofit leaders and managers, when people come up to us in a huff or a snit or itching for a fight, to learn how to redirect to a solution quickly. When someone is down on themselves, you can ask: What most pleases you about your work of late?

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? According to Tom: UK fundraising superstar, Stephen Pidgeon, notes that a well-executed bequest marketing program can raise far more money than a major gifts program.

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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. The second element looks at the same issues using samples (with transaction histories) from house files provided by participating UK organizations.

Fundraising Hypocrisy

The Agitator

If you’re one of our 872 UK Agitator readers this is for you. Over the last few months the UK tabloids busted the fundraising British sector for its overly aggressive tactics in telemarketing and Face –To-Face techniques. ( See Playing the Blame Game in the UK.)

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What a terrific advertisement!

iMarketSmart

I really can’t say it any better than this ad thanks to LegacyVoice , a legacy administration and marketing firm based in the UK. Folks, it’s time to focus on where you’ll get the money to sustain your mission. It’s that simple. Leave your comments below. Kudos!

The 4 Best Examples of Non-Profit Video Storytelling - Guest Post

Social Media Bird Brain

Guest blogger Madeleine Hammond is a Marketing Executive at Skeleton Productions, a UK based corporate video production company. Here''s the second of three guest posts on the subject of storytelling for your nonprofit through videos. An oldy but a goody - the storytelling arc is a proven staple to video marketing. When it comes to non-profits, it’s an impossibly effective medium for really. video storytelling video production Madeleine Hammond Skeleton Productions Small nonprofit

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? Fundraising expert Tom Ahern believes that the answer may be as simple as not having a marketing plan to ask for those bequests.

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Wired Magazine praises Cancer Research UK’s MyProjects crowdfunding site

Giving in a Digital World

Tags: Online fundraising crowdfunding Bryan Miller Cancer Research UK Community Fundraising 2.0

Wired Magazine praises Cancer Research UK’s MyProjects crowdfunding site

Giving in a Digital World

Tags: Online fundraising crowdfunding Bryan Miller Cancer Research UK Community Fundraising 2.0

Six Good Nonprofit Infographics and What Makes Them Good

Social Media Bird Brain

Madeleine is a marketing executive at Skeleton Productions - one of the UK''s leading video production companies. This week''s examples of good nonprofit infographics was put togther by Madeleine Hammond. Robyn here. So what makes a good infographic? Lots of things, but in a general way, the most important - especially for a small nonprofit with limited budget - are simplicity and story flow.

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Broken! Dangerous Fundraising Machinery

The Agitator

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?” ” After all, it was in the UK where direct debit, monthly giving first proved itself and served as a model for much of the world. I wonder how many donors give in spite of the fundraising machine, not because of it?!

Free Ofcom report provides latest update on UK online market

Giving in a Digital World

Yesterday Ofcom , the independent regulator for the UK’s communication industries, released its latest Communications Market Report – providing up-to-date information on the nation’s use of all communications technologies from Radio and Television through to the Internet. A few highlights, just to whet your appetite… Overall, between home, work and other connections, 74% of UK adults now use the internet.

Free Ofcom report provides latest update on UK online market

Giving in a Digital World

Yesterday Ofcom , the independent regulator for the UK’s communication industries, released its latest Communications Market Report – providing up-to-date information on the nation’s use of all communications technologies from Radio and Television through to the Internet. A few highlights, just to whet your appetite… Overall, between home, work and other connections, 74% of UK adults now use the internet.

Fundraising Bravery

The Agitator

This week the mild mannered, empirical-evidence-please scholar and the author of the classic Building Donor Loyalty shed his Clark Kent persona and came out swinging against proposed regulatory efforts by the UK government to gag charities.

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Don’t Ask. Don’t Thank.

The Agitator

So I was mighty pleased to see that our UK fundraising friend Matthew Sherrington has managed to distill a lot of what we’ve had to say into a single post. Tom and I spend lots of time and spill lots of digital ink over building donor relationships, the importance of retention and donor experience.

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The Future Of Fundraising: Bright Or Bleak?

The Agitator

This happy piece of insight is delivered in a new, important and thought-provoking series by veteran U.K. Fundraising is in for a bleak future. More bleak than at any time in the past 40+ years. And there’s little evidence fundraisers have the capacity to implement plainly needed changes.

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Breakdown In Trust Is A Good Thing

The Agitator

The result of this failure manifested itself most recently in the massive outcry—and consequent demands for “reform”— in U.K. See Playing the Blame Game in the UK ) The tsunami of press.

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Only Two Donor Responses: Passion Or Indifference

The Agitator

I suspect that most of The Agitator’s UK readers read the fundraising wisdom of Ken Burnett on a regular basis, and have already caught up with his latest gem, Adventures in emotional space. This post is for all other Agitator readers out in the colonies. We can all use a reminder of the primacy of emotion in driving fundraising … and not just emotion on the part of donors, but equally importantly, on the part of those of us who do the asking.

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No One Wants More Email

The Agitator

and UK charities. That’s just one of the basic premises of our new book Start Over explores. The problem with getting the manuscript off to the publisher is that new research findings keep coming in. So, another chapter or two have to be re-written. Let me explain.

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How to stay competitive in your fundraising career

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here are the top skills required in the UK. According to LinkedIn , here are the top skills for 2017. Here are the hottest, most in-demand skills around the world: Cloud and Distributed Computing. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining. Web Architecture and Development Framework.

Ep167: Walgreens Sticks Its Nose Out, Raises $18 Million for Needy Kids

Selfish Giving

This UK import is dedicated to raising money to help children who are most in need, both in the U.S. It's a cause import from the UK that has raised $1 billion over the past 30 years. Having a CEO from the UK helped!

What Brexit means for US

Wild Woman Fundraising

Brexit will make North Americans poorer, and people in the UK poorer. Conflict Generational clash ageism arts Brexit Brexit decision canadian fundraising first impressions of brexit Fundraising nonprofit Brexit nostalgia rosemary metz UK fundraising US fundraising

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Preparing for Your 6 Minutes

The Agitator

Amidst the continuing headlines — New Shame of the Charities and Charities to ban bullying of donors — fundraising in the U.K. the Netherlands or the U.K. continues to be buffeted between media outrage and an all-to-ready willingness to cave into ‘regulation ‘ in hopes it will all go away. Fortunately, some veteran voices are offering a helpful dose of perspective and calm.

Avoiding Regulatory Blunders

The Agitator

Last week, in The U.K.’s s New Fundraising Sheriff , I noted the failure of UK fundraisers and The Institute of Fundraising at self-regulation. That failure has now led to proposals for greater government intervention and the as-yet-unknown imposition of new rules that may prove difficult and even unwise. One thing is certain. This is no time for the sector and its trade association to acquiesce or silently lick its wounds while new rules are proposed and then imposed.

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The Most Pathetic Story I’ve Heard

The Agitator

No sooner had I finished reading Tom’s post — The Greatest Story Ever Told — than the phone rang with an irritated U.K. A close friend of his who does communications and marketing got in touch with one of the infinite number of health charities in the U.K. reader at the other end. ( I think the Brits refer to this state as ‘in high dudgeon’ ) No, he wasn’t complaining about Tom’s post.

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LTV … The GPS For Fundraisers

The Agitator

In fact, as Charlie Hulme, head of DonorVoice’s U.K. As I emphasize repeatedly in my book, Retention Fundraising , over the long haul, Lifetime Value (LTV) is the most significant measure for benchmarking and steering your fundraising efforts.

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