NEW THINKING: How to solve the ‘poverty porn’ dilemma by enabling service users to tell their own stories

Advocates of the different poles of the framing ethics debate (raising money vs ‘poverty porn’) have been talking past each other for at least 37 years. Ian MacQuillin describes a new way to think about framing ethics that presents a way out of this ethical impasse.

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‘Critical Fundraiser’ manifesto exhorts fundraisers to reflect on ethics and practice

  • Sister manifesto to ‘This Is a Fundraising Office’.
  • Describes behaviours that critical fundraises always do, and those they never do.
  • Encourages fundraisers to always be open to changing their views and opinions.
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NEW THINKING: Blog digest – May 2022

Each month, the Critical Fundraising blog presents a digest of the best fundraising-related blogs and articles from the previous month 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.

This month we have introduced a new ‘wildcard blog’. This is a blog that does not discuss ideas that are directly related to fundraising, but whose ideas we might be able to use if we think critically and imaginatively about them.

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NEWS: Charities should have ethical policies on their use of service user stories and images, new approach to framing ethics recommends

  • New approach to ethics of framing of service users 
  • Framing is ethical when it is based on the voice and agency of service users/contributors
  • Published in the fundraising ethics special of the Journal of Philanthropy and Marketing.
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NEWS: Second praxis paper looks at how to overcome donors’ ‘silent resistance to taboo causes

  • Second paper in Rogare series that translates recent academic study into practice
  • Looks at how people distance themselves from comms about ‘taboo’ causes
  • Recommends ‘deliteralising’ comms to use animations, songs and metaphor
  • New traffic light system to give fundraisers confidence in the recommendations
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NEW THINKING: Blog digest – April 2022

Each month, the Critical Fundraising blog presents a digest of the best fundraising-related blogs and articles from the previous month 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 Rogare paper collects essays on gender issues in the fundraising profession

In 2018, the fundraising think tank Rogare established a project team to explore gender issues in the fundraising profession. The project has two phases. 

Phase 1 was to clarify the what the issues are and our understanding of them. We completed this in 2019 with a series of long-read blogs on Critical Fundraising.

Phase 2 is to build on Phase 1 by laying out a road map of solutions to the challenges our profession faces based on Lean Out Feminism.

Today we are republishing the Phase 1 blogs in a single standalone paper, which is available from the Rogare website, either on our Gender Issue project page or our publications page.

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NEW THINKING: Blog digest – March 2022

Each month, the Critical Fundraising blog presents a digest of the best fundraising-related blogs and articles from the previous month 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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NEW THINKING: Blog digest – February 2022

Each month, the Critical Fundraising blog presents a digest of the best fundraising-related blogs and articles from the previous month 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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