Fix the Form

Fix the Form

This is a guest post by Laura Solomons, a non profit professional, grant giver, grant seeker and part of the team behind #FixTheForm “I just filled out a 6 figure request where I had 4x the real- estate to describe the structure of my board of directors and board governance than I had to describe the program, outcomes and impacts” ...
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Trusts, foundations and online application forms

The increased competition in recent years has seen funders take steps to manage their workloads and the expectations of applicants. Application forms submitted through online portals are becoming more familiar, as are eligibility quizzes, informative websites and the presence of funders on social media platforms, enabling more direct engagement between them and those who apply to them. I can understand ...
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Trust fundraising and attention to detail

I’ve been thinking recently about trust fundraising and attention to detail. Have you ever applied to the Headley Foundation? What about the Hedley Foundation? Or the Headley Charitable Trust? Or is it the Headley Trust? ARGH! I think you can see where I’m going with this. In a world where 1 in 12 cold applications are successful (if you’re doing ...
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Scholarships for online fundraising training

Scholarships for online fundraising training

Like many, we are continually recognising the privilege we inherited. From parents who expected us to have a full education, to what it means to be a white person, where you are a part of the dominant culture and all the benefits that brings. We know that so much of our lives are governed not by how hard we work, ...
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Introducing the LarkOwl Community

Introducing the LarkOwl Community

The LarkOwl Community is live!  This post describes its developmemt, what it is and why we think its important. I don’t know about you  but (at the time of writing (April 2021) I’m missing real, actual people in my life. I can’t wait to see my friends, go out for dinner (in a warm, indoors place as opposed to sat ...
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What an ambitious income generation strategy ACTUALLY looks like

Hands up if you’ve ever heard charities talking about having: “an ambitious income generation strategy” “an innovative and diverse fundraising portfolio” “forward thinking, donor focused supporter journeys” And then continuing to do everything exactly the same? Short term Organisation centric copy Same old, same old… Modern fundraising is problematic because it is vulnerable to (amongst other things): economic events, (which ...
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Charities and profit first

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about charities and profit first (I’ll explain what I mean by that later), sustainability and the pressure which has been placed on fundraisers during the past year. When income no longer matches expenditure, how should charities react?   By forcing an unachievable target on their fundraisers?   Or by adjusting expenditure?   I have ...
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What is a Case for Support?

Fundraising, like every profession is FULL of its own special brand of jargon.  Cultivation, stewardship, solicitation, ‘Case for Support’…. the list goes on. The latter is a phrase which gets a lot of airtime, but conversely, is also one which generates a lot of confusion.   So, what is a Case for Support? Put simply a Case for Support is: ...
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Defining a major gift for your charity

Defining a major gift for your charity

Last week, we looked at the broad definition of a major gift.  This week’s article will give you some practical tips on defining a major gift for your charity.  It’s different for everyone and the amount of resource you have plays a large role in dictating what constitutes a major gift for you. To do this, you might find it ...
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