NEWS: New Rogare initiatives to collate and signpost best evidence-backed ideas for use in practice

  • New ‘Knowledge Collectives’ will sift best evidence- and theory-backed research
  • First Knowledge Collectives to look at legacy and corporate fundraising
  • Staffed by practitioners who are experts in their fields to co-create knowledge base.
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NEWS: How should we study the history of fundraising?

  • What little study of fundraising history there is takes the ‘great man’ approach
  • We aim to explore research questions using social and cultural history lenses
  • Looking for fundraisers to be part of the project team, especially those who have studied history.
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Simone Joyaux: always questioning, always challenging, always thinking

Simone Joyaux, who died yesterday, is – and will be remembered as – one of the greatest figures in fundraising. 

The testimonials have rightly poured in for Simone. They have said how she was a rebel, a thinker, an advocate for justice and change. Many will also remember how she challenged us to ask cage-rattling questions.

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Making sense of criticisms of donor-centred fundraising

Donor-centred fundraising is not used to being criticised. But it’s going to have get comfortable with it and respond to those criticisms better than it has been doing. Ian MacQuillin tries to disentangle some of the issues

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BOOK REVIEW: You say you want a revolution

Philanthropy Revolution: How to inspire donors, build relationships and make a difference, by Lisa Greer and Larissa Kostoff.

Philanthropist Lisa Greer has said she wants to create a philanthropic revolution. But Ian MacQuillin says her ideas are anything but revolutionary, and ignore the responsibilities incumbent on donors in building ethical relationships with fundraisers.

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NEWS: Raising standards – New report calls for formal pathways for fundraisers

As the fundraising profession faces a skills crisis, is it time to introduce formal pathways into the profession?

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NEWS: Community-centric criticisms are an opportunity for donor-centred fundraising to reinvent itself

  • 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.
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Why is there a compulsion to make fundraising ‘something’-centric?

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.

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