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Clair can’t eat frogs (and other tales of procrastination)

Procrastination is my kryptonite, as it is for many people. The ultimate thief of time, the art of distraction, misplaced priorities and time wasting rolled into one.  I touched on this a couple of weeks ago, reflecting on the both the chaos and the opportunities presented by the corona-crisis. This week’s article goes a little deeper into the topic of ...
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Covid-19 and trust fundraising

Covid-19 and trust fundraising

Despite the world having gone to hell in a hand cart, trust fundraisers are still able to continue their work in a way which vaguely resembles ‘business as usual’. The arrival of Covid-19 has brought several of our fundraising colleagues to a standstill. It is therefore our job as trust fundraisers to continue our work to as high a standard ...
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The c word..

The c word..

In just two weeks, the world has changed beyond all recognition (this picture of us on holiday in January feels like a LIFETIME ago). The freedom and security we all took for granted is now either non existent or has a ticking time bomb attached.  Nothing feels permanent. I’m worried about the impact on our business and on our household ...
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Productive creative writing for trust fundraisers

Productive creative writing is part of a trust fundraiser’s day to day. Some days we feel more productive than others.  All trust fundraisers at some point in their careers will seek a creativity boost to enhance their writing, their knowledge, their understanding, their enthusiasm or a mixture of all / some of these. I had a wonderful experience working for ...
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Learning from corporate partnership managers...

Learning from corporate partnership managers…

This is a guest post from Andy King at Remarkable Partnerships about how trust fundraisers can learn from Corporate Partnership Managers.  Andy and I have swapped blogs this week!  Check out their blog to read my piece (on what Corporate Partnership Managers can learn from trust fundraisers!) At Remarkable Partnerships, one of our core beliefs is that the whole organisation ...
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Starting out in trust fundraising, three tools to help you fly

Starting out in trust fundraising 16 years ago, I’m not sure I really knew what it was and whether I’d be any good at it. My mum was a trust fundraiser (one of the first to achieve the Institute of Fundraising’s Certificate in Fundraising Management) and had always suggested that the combination of creative writing and working with people would ...
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What are grant making trusts?

What are grant making trusts?

With so much of our content focusing on trusts and foundations (including our online training for people who are new to trust fundraising), I thought it might be wise to go back to basics and to give an introduction to grant making trusts. I don’t want to assume that our readers have the fundamentals at their fingertips (although I know ...
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Money from nothing, a commercial test on a shoestring

Money from nothing, a commercial test on a shoestring

From traditional sources of fundraising, making money from nothing is extremely difficult. Community fundraising is possible with committed volunteers.  High value fundraising often requires technical expertise which more often than not, has to be paid for.  Events are great for kicking off long term relationships with new supporters (but generate a low ROI in the short term).  Corporate budgets are ...
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Charity and profit - is there a dirtier word?

Charity and profit – is there a dirtier word?

In the charity sector, is there a dirtier word than profit? Most of us are experiencing a shift in fundraising; funders are less interested in throwing cash into an organisational black hole.  They want to know what you’re doing to make yourself financially sustainable.  They want to fund the stepping-stones to your financial success. From my experience the biggest hurdle ...
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