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

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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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KNOWLEDGE: Blog digest August 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: 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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REVIEW: Head to head – a conversation on behavioural science and ethics

Meredith Niles looks at a new paper considering the role of behavioural science in designing and implementing more effective compliance and ethics programmes, and considers how the learnings could be applied to fundraising.

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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.

Continue reading KNOWLEDGE: Blog digest June 2017

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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