OPINION: Fundraisers must retain control of their professional standards

Ian copyThe rules governing how fundraisers do their jobs could soon be determined by people who aren’t fundraisers. Ian MacQuillin details seven flaws in the reconstitution of the Institute of Fundraising’s standards committee. Continue reading OPINION: Fundraisers must retain control of their professional standards

NEWS: New theory of ethics will balance duties to donors and beneficiaries

Plymouth University’s fundraising think tank, Rogare, is bringing forward its project to develop a new theory of ‘normative’ fundraising ethics in a bid to stop the profession ‘making up its ethics on the hoof’ in response to the Olive Cooke case. Continue reading NEWS: New theory of ethics will balance duties to donors and beneficiaries

NEW IDEAS: The gaping hole at the centre of fundraising ethics

Ian copyThe ongoing investigations following the death of Olive Cooke are looking at how the fundraising profession needs to reform its applied ethics. Ian MacQuillin argues that we first need a theory of ‘normative’ ethics to inform these decisions – one that includes fundraisers duties to their beneficiaries, not just their donors. Continue reading NEW IDEAS: The gaping hole at the centre of fundraising ethics

OPINION: Journey’s end – why supporter journeys are a distraction from genuine supporter care

Liz WaldyThe principle behind supporter journeys is fine. But, argues Liz Waldy, in practice they often end up shoehorning donors into a formulaic communications plan that, ironically, neglects the relationship. Continue reading OPINION: Journey’s end – why supporter journeys are a distraction from genuine supporter care

OPINION: An intelligent design for tackling fundraising’s skills gap

Claire Routley 2We’re told we need to recruit fundraisers who have more passion if we are to reverse the impending leadership crisis. Claire Routley discovers that we might be better off seeking out intelligence. Continue reading OPINION: An intelligent design for tackling fundraising’s skills gap

NEWS: Bluefrog and Rapidata are fundraising think tank’s first Associate Members

Creative agency Bluefrog and regular giving specialist Rapidata have become fundraising think tank Rogare’s first associate members – suppliers to the fundraising sector who share Rogare’s ‘Critical Fundraising’ ethos and vision for how fundraising needs to meet the challenges confronting it.

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OPINION: Let in light and banish shade – in defence of Band Aid 30

Simopn BurneSimon Burne dissects the criticisms of Band Aid’s reworked version of Do They Know it’s Christmas and finds them wanting Continue reading OPINION: Let in light and banish shade – in defence of Band Aid 30

OPINION: Overheads – why we’re still robbing donor Peter to pay fundraising Paul

Ian copyA new study by behavioural scientists has recommended charities should tell donors they have no overheads costs because they’ve already been paid by a philanthropist. Although the numbers stack up, Ian MacQuillin argues that this is a very bad idea Continue reading OPINION: Overheads – why we’re still robbing donor Peter to pay fundraising Paul