NEW THINKING: Blog digest – October 2021

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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OPINION: How do we change the conversation about zero-cost fundraising?

Why are organisations that claim all your money will go to the cause so successful at seizing the moral high ground? Ian MacQuillin wonders how we can make our arguments against zero-cost fundraising more convincing

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NEW THINKING: Blog digest – September 2021 (and a bit further back)

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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Making sense of criticisms of donor-centred fundraising

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 issues

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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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NEWS: Community-centric criticisms are an opportunity for donor-centred fundraising to reinvent itself

  • 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.
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NEW IDEAS: Charitable giving and emergency situations: Striking the balance between urgent need and long-term solutions

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.

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OPINION: ‘The end of donor-centred fundraising and the last fundraiser’

Has the rise of donor-centred fundraising obscured fundraisers’ duties to their beneficiaries? But if fundraisers really do have duties to beneficiaries, from where do these duties derive? Cherian Koshy gets to grips with some knotty philosophical questions.

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NEWS: Are donors ‘taking liberties’ – or worse – in their relationships with fundraisers?

The influence that donors can exert in their relationships with fundraisers is to be researched for the first time as part of a new project by the fundraising think tank Rogare.

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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