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’.Continue reading OPINION: Fundraising and comms integration: count me out – it’s time for Fr-exit ! (Fundraising-Exit!)
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.Continue reading OPINION: The Commission on the Donor Experience – a good thing in itself, but philosophically confused
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.Continue reading OPINION: The case of the accidental fundraiser and the need to professionalise fundraising
- Fundraising falls short of being a ‘profession’ assessed against usual criteria
- Lack of professional status leads to lack of respect from peers
- Formal entry route into fundraising needed.
In the first part of this blog, Ian MacQuillin argued many fundraisers don’t have a consistent idea of what they mean by ‘donorcentric’ fundraising. In part 2, he explores some of the issues this can lead to.Continue reading NEW IDEAS: Donorcentrism – all things to all fundraisers, part 2. What could go wrong?
This is a list of blogs cosnidering theories of fundraising ethics and/or theoretical underpinnings to fundraising ethics.Continue reading KNOWLEDGE: Fundraising ethics blogs – theoretical
Common wisdom in fundraising is that you need to use ‘storytelling’ to connect donors to causes. But, asks Ashley Scott, are fundraisers talking in the right language to a generation that is fluent in postmodern storytelling techniques?Continue reading NEW IDEAS: Never ending story – postmodern storytelling for postmodern donors