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    Make a Life Not a Living

    As the autumn season approaches my inbox is littered with invitations and applications for funding, which is all great and exciting. One application for start-up funding particularly stood out when it said ‘Make a Life Not a Living’. That got me thinking, not only...

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    There is life Beyond Profit – Write Your Own Chapte

    We’re taking some holiday time to decorate my kid’s bedroom. Whilst endlessly painting, it struck me this is the end of a chapter. Gone are the cool calming creams and here are the bright bold blues and reds of a little boy’s bedroom. It’s the end of the baby era, the...

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    Carpe Diem People!

    Yesterday I attended the funeral of my wonderful great Aunt. She was 97 and great in every sense of the word. At the ceremony, the Rabbi spoke of Balaam – the ancient prophet who, for all intensive purposes was a wicked man. He set traps for the Israelites which they...

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    Acquiring New Donors

    Something we all struggle with. Getting new people to sign up and become a donor is a tricky business, no question about it. One key player which is increasingly being pushed aside and should be the mainstay of any good acquisition strategy – Direct Mail. Sending a...

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    Best Hug Ever

    It’s Monday lunchtime and I sit waiting for a plane to take me from Adana to Istanbul. I have never been this close the Middle East. The Syrian border is just 2 hours drive away but here, everything seems ‘normal’. It’s hot (for a western girl used to freezing...

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    Major Donor Fundraising for You?

    It is usually on the fundraiser’s list of 'to do’s' and is a classic element of the fundraising mix. But have you stopped to think is it really right for your organisation? We as fundraisers talk a lot about the ‘Ask’. How do we prepare for it, make the most of it and...

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    HR Professionals, This One’s For you!

    I have worked in the Not for Profit world for a number of years now, and every time I meet someone who used to work in ‘business’ but now works in the charity sector, on the whole, they are really pleased to have made the jump, even though their salary often took a...

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    Online Auctions

    By now we all know (or at least should know) about online fundraising and the various forms it can take ; crowdfunding, website donations, friendraising, petitioning, to name a few. (if you are not familiar with all or any of these, please feel free to give me a...

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    What would have happened?

    Recently published on the very good website De Dikke Blauwe was a piece turning impact measurement on its head and asking what would have happened if charities hadn’t intervened and nothing had been done? PhD economist Frank Huber at the Erasmus University looked at...

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