10 Takeaways from the IoF Major Donor Conference

The 2019 Institute of Fundraising Major Donor Conference was an unqualified success. It brought together trends, challenged accepted norms and best practice and gave us insights into what major donors like and don’t like. I was delighted to chair a panel on major...

The 3 essentials of major donor stewardship

Over the last couple of years we have been fortunate to interview many major donors as part of our work with a wide range of charities. One area we are always keen to hear about is the donor’s perspective of stewardship. We really want to help charities understand how...

Practical Major Donor Fundraising in a GDPR Climate

GDPR is still an area of confusion and contention for many charities and fundraisers, particularly in the area of major donor fundraising. GDPR guidelines are one thing, but do they tell you when and how to research donor prospects, how much research is fair at what stage, who to invite to events, when and how to follow up, when and how to communicate privacy notices, what about new or cold prospects? So many of these are still up for debate as the legislation is deliberately open to interpretation. So how do you kick on with your major donor fundraising with confidence whilst being sure of GDPR compliance?….

Will major donors give unrestricted donations?

The short answer to this oft-asked question is; it depends how much you are asking for! Our recent survey of over 50 major donors, to a range of causes, showed that the larger the gift the more likely it was to be restricted. This is no surprise, as it is human nature...

Top Tips for the new freelancer

An updated blog covering some top tips for those considering becoming freelance whether in fundraising or not. All of the tips are based on Beth’s personal experiences having gone freelance in 2010.