KNOWLEDGE: A deep dive into professional knowledge at AFP I-Con in New Orleans

Rogare identifies the sessions at AFP I-Con that explore issues in fundraising from a critical thinking perspective.

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OPINION: Fundraising and comms integration: count me out – it’s time for Fr-exit ! (Fundraising-Exit!)

Ever sat in a long and confusing meeting about comms integration? Paul Vanags has. Too many of them. Here he challenges what he says has become an unchallenged dogma that integrating fundraising with the rest of an organisations communications is necessarily ‘a good thing’.

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NEWS: New report identifies critical issues and challenges confronting fundraisers in Ireland

Greater collaboration among professional fundraisers is needed to address some of the major issues facing fundraising in Ireland, according to a new report by the think tank Rogare, which is published today at the Ask Direct Summer School in Dublin.

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KNOWLEDGE: The ‘donorcentricity’ debate

American blogger and commentator on the nonprofit sector Vu Le kicked off a small storm earlier this year when he challenged the concept of donor-centred fundraising. Critical Fundraising collates some or the debate engendered by Vu Le’s arguments.

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NEW IDEAS: How anthropology can give us new insights into donor-centred fundraising

Responding to the debate around donorcentrism, Ashley Scott asks whether fundraisers should look to anthropology to better understand what donorcentrism means, and how it could generate completely new insights into their donors.

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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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NEWS: Rogare’s theory of change aims to change ‘copy the case study’ learning culture

  • Encourages fundraisers to ask questions about evidence and theory
  • Basis for a new ‘movement’ of critical thinkers in fundraising
  • Aim to change fundraising by ‘influencing the influences’
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NEW IDEAS: Teach a fundraiser to fish…Rogare’s theory of change for fundraising

Amanda Shepard outlines Rogare’s new theory of change, which aims to move fundraisers away from a ‘copy the case study’ model to a situation where they demand to see the evidence for what they are being told to do.

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NEWS: New report series will identify fundraising challenges and issues around the world

A series of reports highlighting issues and challenges facing the fundraising professions in various countries around the world is to be launched by Rogare, the fundraising think tank.

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KNOWLEDGE: Blog digest December 2016

Each month, the Critical Fundraising blog presents a digest of the best fundraising-related blogs and articles that have adopted a critical fundraising mode of thought.

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