BOOK REVIEW: You say you want a revolution

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.

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NEW IDEAS: How Canadian fundraising is changing the way it engages with critics

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.

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NEWS: What’s the best way to get into fundraising? Who can say?

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 fundraising

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NEW IDEAS: Gender Issues in Fundraising – a roadmap for structural change

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.

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OPINION: The cases for and against graduate entry into fundraising

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.

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NEW IDEAS: Radically rethinking fundraising regulation to include duties to beneficiaries

Ian copyAround 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

NEW IDEAS: How to put beneficiaries first, without throwing donors out with the bathwater

Ian copyHow 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

OPINION: Fundraising regulation owes more than lip services to the rights of beneficiaries

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Ian MacQuillin responds to the Fundraising Regulator’s critique of his and Adrian Sargeant’s recent ideas on fundraising ethics and regulation

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OPINION: What do we need to learn from the Presidents Club debacle?

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The can of worms opened at the annual Presidents Club dinner might be bigger than we think. Ian MacQuillin explores some of the questions raised.

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OPINION: The Commission on the Donor Experience – a good thing in itself, but philosophically confused

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The Commission on the Donor Experience has received an overwhelmingly positive reception. But Ian MacQuillin argues philosophical flaws at its heart mean many of its recommendations are not supported by evidence.

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