In praise of Apprenticeships – the sector’s best kept secret!

Last week I spent two days at the CIoF Fundraising Convention, but instead of attending as a delegate or a speaker, as I had in previous years, I was manning an exhibitor stand for training and apprenticeships provider, JGA Group. I’ve been a tutor on the Level 3 Fundraiser apprenticeship for a little over a … Continue reading In praise of Apprenticeships – the sector’s best kept secret!

Business planning tools for fundraising – some good ones I use!

Here are some templates I have used to help guide the process of developing a plan for fundraising teams and departments. I hope they are useful to you! Before you start… Ask yourself some questions: Are you writing a plan or a strategy? The difference is probably scope and timing. Your strategy might have more … Continue reading Business planning tools for fundraising – some good ones I use!

Benchmarking – where to start?

Sometimes it’s helpful to know how you’re doing against your peers in the sector. Having a sense of your relative fundraising performance can help in a number of ways: Identifying growth areas – if others are raising money at scale or with good efficiencies maybe you can too? Identifying problem areas – if others are … Continue reading Benchmarking – where to start?

My favourite blogs and newsletters… (but which ones are missing?)

So, yesterday I said I was hoping to create a useful resource for fundraisers on my website, and today I’ve started thinking about where my regular dose of wisdom comes from in the form of email newsletters and blogs. My criteria for inclusion on the list are: regularity – some great fundraising blogs are no … Continue reading My favourite blogs and newsletters… (but which ones are missing?)

This website feels somewhat overdue.

It was November 2018 when I took on my first freelance role, working for what was then Action on Hearing Loss and is now (again) RNID. The truth is that I’ve been fortunate to have been able to help lots of organisations, large and small, to do better fundraising in the intervening period and I’ve … Continue reading This website feels somewhat overdue.