- 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.
With donor-centred fundraising subject to sustained critique and criticism for probably the first time, Ian MacQuillin asks why fundraisers feel the need to always put something at the centre of their practice.Continue reading Why is there a compulsion to make fundraising ‘something’-centric?
- Objections to fundraising collected from Canada, UK and USA
- Objections grouped into four themes, including economic and public anxiety
- Counter-arguments build on ideas from the Canadian Fundraising Narrative.
- Beneficiary voices are as important as those of donors
- ‘Dignity’ is as much located in the image-gathering process as it is in the content of the image
- Including beneficiary – or ‘contributor’ – voices a “massive missing piece” of the ethical jigsaw.
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.Continue reading NEW IDEAS: Charitable giving and emergency situations: Striking the balance between urgent need and long-term solutions
Canadian fundraisers are using a new narrative to engage with their critics. But they won’t be ‘defending’ fundraising using facts. Ian MacQuillin explains the thinking behind the AFP Canada’s values-based advocacy of the profession.Continue reading NEW IDEAS: How Canadian fundraising is changing the way it engages with critics
- Rethink systems of accountability to be more accountable to beneficiaries
- Adhere to the five principles of good regulation
- Explore how models of regulating a common pool resource could be more widely applied beyond just face-to-face fundraising.
What advice would you give a kid who asks you the best way to become a fundraiser? Not an easy question to answer. Ian MacQuillin outlines Rogare’s new collaboration with Cause4 and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy to research entry routes into fundraisingContinue reading NEWS: What’s the best way to get into fundraising? Who can say?
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.Continue reading NEW IDEAS: Why fundraisers need to start a journey to an holistic understanding of donors
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.Continue reading OPINION: ‘The end of donor-centred fundraising and the last fundraiser’