Translating the energy of a conference into practical learning and action which is woven into your working life can be hard to achieve and this is even more of a challenge in 2020. Two TEF mentees have been determined to apply their learning from attending the 2020 Institute of Fundraising ... [Continue Reading]
Inspiration from Tony
Tony was prolific in his cutting edge thinking about fundraising, the future and how to achieve success. We have provided a selection of his inspirational written pieces and presentation clips below and these will be updated periodically so keep checking back to get some inspiration.
"Fundraising is about people, it's about dialogue, not monologue" Tony Elischer
Check here to get an update on the latest blogs from our participants and mentors, thinking from across the sector and interesting published research. This is not an exhaustive library but a place to go with a cup of coffee when you just need to recharge your creative thinking about fundraising.
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Not another Covid related blog, I hear you cry, followed by ….please, at least say something different. Like you, I’m becoming weary of hearing about the “new normal” not knowing what it means, other than the prospect of fewer people working in central offices. Is that it, really is ... [Continue Reading]
In 2009, Tony co-authored a chapter of a book about fundraising in an unpredictable market with Margaret Bennett. Although his thinking was in response to the recession of 2008, much is relevant to the situation caused by Covid 19 which many fundraisers face today. Below we have included some ... [Continue Reading]
One of my long term mantra’s has been to ‘use windows, not mirrors’, a simple way of reminding myself that truly to move forward, be in line with the market place and to have any hope of innovating, you have to focus on the outside world and not the internal world of an organisation. Charities ... [Continue Reading]
The New Lexicon of Fundraising Part 4 “Emotions are the lubricants of reason.” F.Yakob When you first become a fundraiser the focus is on techniques, channels and strategies, learning the art and craft of fundraising. It takes time to realise that all of these elements are actually ... [Continue Reading]
The New Lexicon of Fundraising Part 7 ‘As with any journey, who you travel with can be more important than the destination.’ One of the most shameful statistics of 2013 came out of the AFP Fundraising Effectiveness report that concluded that overall donor retention was now only 39% in the USA! ... [Continue Reading]
The New Lexicon of Fundraising; Part 2 Change your words, change your mind, change your outlook, change your actions and change the world. In this second challenge piece on the words we use to describe our actions and profession I want to focus on the true ‘centre piece’ of our attentions and ... [Continue Reading]