Fundraising is torn between the need to be professional while at the same time embodying ‘amateur’ values. Ian MacQuillin argues this compromise exacerbates a power differential between givers and askers.Continue reading NEW THINKING: Neither amateur nor professional but something in between – the ‘Corinthian’ nature of fundraising and the problems that causes
If you can get as excited about your profession as palaeontologists do about animals that sound like they belong in a fairy tale, Ian MacQuillin want you to join Rogare’s new Critical Fundraising Network to take Rogare’s work to the next level.Continue reading OPINION: Do you think fundraising is as exciting as a four-winged dinosaur?
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
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
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
What advice would you give a kid who asks you the best way to become a fundraiser? Not an easy question to answer. Ian MacQuillin outlines Rogare’s new collaboration with Cause4 and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy to research entry routes into fundraisingContinue reading NEWS: What’s the best way to get into fundraising? Who can say?
We all know we need to make changes. But the question is how do we make those changes. Ian MacQuillin describes how Rogare aims to identify structural changes that will level the playing field for all female fundraisers, not just those who will benefit from current initiative and projects.
This blog is part of the Gender Issues In Fundraising Project run by Rogare – The Fundraising Think Tank.Continue reading NEW IDEAS: Gender Issues in Fundraising – a roadmap for structural change
In response to the NonGraduatesWelcome social media campaign, Ian MacQuillin looks at the arguments for and against graduate recruitment into fundraising and asks whether NonGraduatesWelcome risks falling into the trap of anti-intellectual populism.Continue reading OPINION: The cases for and against graduate entry into fundraising
Around the world, fundraising regulators focus their activities almost exclusively on acting in the interests of donors. Ian MacQuillin describes the change in regulatory philosophy that’s needed to bring beneficiaries into the frame. Continue reading NEW IDEAS: Radically rethinking fundraising regulation to include duties to beneficiaries
How can fundraisers reconcile the tensions between serving the needs of their donors and beneficiaries? Ian MacQuillin describes a new way to envision the role of fundraising within an organisation that might do the trick. Continue reading NEW IDEAS: How to put beneficiaries first, without throwing donors out with the bathwater