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To work in fundraising requires a special kind of person. You’ve already got so many incredible skills; commitment, communication, creativity, the ability to build and maintain a relationship. But even the best fundraisers need to stretch their comfort zone sometimes.
Having worked at the IoF as Director of Professional Development and Membership and overseen six Conventions during that time, it might be expected that Paul Marvell would view the 2016 Convention with a critical eye. But Paul reports an overwhelmingly positive experience.
Are you going to the Fundraising Convention this year at The Barbican, to hear more about raising high value gifts? Convention Board member Helen Pert shares what she is looking forward to this year…
…says Dominic Cotton, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the #iwill campaign.
Last week’s referendum saw a majority vote for the UK to leave the European Union. This is a momentous decision and we can be certain that it will have a large impact across the political, economic and social landscape.
Suzanne Treharne looks back on her transition from team member to a team leader ...
If a picture can paint a thousand words, what can a video do for fundraising? Ravinol Chambers of Be Inspired Films, Fundraising Convention 2016 Official Video Partner, explores how powerful videos can really be...
Ewan Hastings, Trust and Corporate Fundraiser at Waverley Care, shares his top tips for putting together a compelling case for core funding.
Where do you start when it comes to taking advantage of the digital opportunities available to charities? Three speakers, who will feature on a special digital-focused panel at the IoF Fundraising Convention this year, share their thoughts on some digital trends in a Q&A...
In a world where change is the only constant, is strategy critical or irrelevant? Rob Alcroft takes a look...
Ben Petts, Community and Events fundraiser at St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, looks back on learning from last year's Convention - and the importance of boosting 'brand you'...
Head of Regional Development at Muscular Dystrophy UK, Gary Kernahan, explores the place of talent, skills and development in achieving fundraising excellence in a fast changing world.
How do you tackle the challenges of static major gift income in a multinational organisation? James Webb, Head of Major Gifts at Oxfam reflects on his own experiences..
As fundraisers, we often feel that we can say 'yes' to every request - but sometimes, it's good to take a breath and decide what is worth our time. Lizzi Hollis explains how we can make the most of our time and take the opportunities that come our way to benefit our cause...
Is grant fundraising as easy as baking a cake? Grants Manager Deanna Wolf shares her top tips for putting together a successful funding application.
On Wednesday last week, the IoF Fundraising Convention Board met for the last time before this year's Fundraising Convention, which starts on Monday 4th July. I'm not sure why but I think this could be the best Convention for many years and recently they have all been excellent. It feels very exciting to be a part of. Bring it on, I say.
Want to raise more for your cause? Rob Woods explains why it is essential for fundraisers to increasing their 'grit'
Society is becoming increasingly more unequal. The latest Sunday Times Rich List may have shown a fall in the wealth of those at the very top of society, but there can be no doubt that the overall flow of money in this country, and indeed around the world, is towards the few; the 1%.
In 2015, I was lucky to win a day pass to the IoF Fundraising Convention, courtesy of the IoF East Midlands regional group. Over three months later, on a sunny morning in July, I was on the 7am train to London for the first day of Convention.
Working at a very new charity like MQ: Transforming Mental Health can throw up a host of hurdles for fundraisers. Georgia Bridgwood tells us how she’s navigating them.
I am at a fundraising conference. The first person I meet is an amazing fundraiser. He was with a large local charity for 10 years but now runs his own company. I helped him develop (but he led) a truly great legacy campaign. He is well known so no names no pack drill.
Attending Fundraising Convention is a big commitment of both time and money. You owe it to yourself and your charity to make the most of the investment. Here are some things to think about before, during and after Convention so you can be the ‘best you can be’ and make the most of the event.
We all have times when we feel uncertain or lack confidence. We feel this even more frequently when we push ourselves to do something new or unknown. This means that innovation is a hotbed for crashes of confidence. The most successful innovators are the ones who deliberately work on their own confidence levels.
In 2014, I interviewed Louise Parkes, Director of Fundraising at British Heart Foundation to find out how her events team had completely transformed the Return on Investment (ROI) they achieve on every event in their portfolio.
It’s 8.55 am and I’m in a school hall in South East London. The last time I saw the inside of an assembly was 1989 and although the hairstyles have evolved, the energy in the room is instantly recognisable.
Around now tends to be the time of year when we reflect on the year gone by and look forward to the year ahead. And sitting around the table talking about the highlights of 2015 with the Tait family, I admit nothing can quite compare with the joy of spending maternity leave with my little girl, although on a work level there were some major highs and lows too.
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