NEW IDEAS: Why fundraisers need to start a journey to an holistic understanding of donors

To better understand donors and build a culture of philanthropy, it’s not enough to think critically. It’s not enough to break out of your silos. It’s not enough to acquire new knowledge in subjects such as behavioural science. Ashley Scott says practitioners need to embark on ‘transdisciplinary’ journey to becoming a more effective fundraiser.

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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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NEWS: Second Rogare national report shines spotlight on critical issues facing Scottish fundraisers

A lack Scotland-specific research and analysis of giving trends and fundraising practice is holding back strategic development of the profession. The conclusion comes form Rogare’s latest Critical Fundraising Report, which is launched today at the AGM of the Institute of Fundraising (Scotland) in Edinburgh.

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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: Blog digest July 2017

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. Inclusion in this digest does not indicate that Rogare agrees with any arguments presented, only that we thought they made a good argument.

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KNOWLEDGE: Blog digest June 2017

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. Inclusion in this digest does not indicate that Rogare agrees with any arguments presented, only that we thought they made a good argument.

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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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OPINION: The case of the accidental fundraiser and the need to professionalise fundraising

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Is fundraising a ‘profession’? As Rogare publishes a green paper on the subject, Ian MacQuillin argues that it isn’t, and can’t be while you don’t have to know anything about fundraising in order to become a fundraiser.

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