Donor-centred fundraising is not used to being criticised. But it’s going to have get comfortable with it and respond to those criticisms better than it has been doing. Ian MacQuillin tries to disentangle some of the issuesContinue reading Making sense of criticisms of donor-centred fundraising
Today Rogare is relaunching our Critical Fundraising guide that provides processes for interpreting and understanding evidence.Continue reading NEWS: Rogare publishes critical thinking guide for fundraisers
Philanthropy Revolution: How to inspire donors, build relationships and make a difference, by Lisa Greer and Larissa Kostoff.
Philanthropist Lisa Greer has said she wants to create a philanthropic revolution. But Ian MacQuillin says her ideas are anything but revolutionary, and ignore the responsibilities incumbent on donors in building ethical relationships with fundraisers.Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: You say you want a revolution
As the fundraising profession faces a skills crisis, is it time to introduce formal pathways into the profession?Continue reading NEWS: Raising standards – New report calls for formal pathways for fundraisers
- Donor-centred fundraising (DCF) is facing challenges from the new community-centric fundraising movement
- DCF should accept these challenges and build on them to ‘reinvent’ itself
- Sufficient common ground between the two approach for an accord to be struck.
With donor-centred fundraising subject to sustained critique and criticism for probably the first time, Ian MacQuillin asks why fundraisers feel the need to always put something at the centre of their practice.Continue reading Why is there a compulsion to make fundraising ‘something’-centric?
- Objections to fundraising collected from Canada, UK and USA
- Objections grouped into four themes, including economic and public anxiety
- Counter-arguments build on ideas from the Canadian Fundraising Narrative.
- Beneficiary voices are as important as those of donors
- ‘Dignity’ is as much located in the image-gathering process as it is in the content of the image
- Including beneficiary – or ‘contributor’ – voices a “massive missing piece” of the ethical jigsaw.
As charities around the world face the biggest threat to their existence, there have been many calls for foundations to throw money at the problem to keep charities afloat, or to eliminate fundraising staff. But would doing so cause more long-term harm? Cherian Koshy says we need a ‘Ulysses Pact’ to ensure foundations and fundraising staff are still around to help future generations though their emergencies.Continue reading NEW IDEAS: Charitable giving and emergency situations: Striking the balance between urgent need and long-term solutions
Canadian fundraisers are using a new narrative to engage with their critics. But they won’t be ‘defending’ fundraising using facts. Ian MacQuillin explains the thinking behind the AFP Canada’s values-based advocacy of the profession.Continue reading NEW IDEAS: How Canadian fundraising is changing the way it engages with critics