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  • Episode 14: Jennifer Coleman-Peers – Working with volunteer fundraising boards to increase high value income

    Did you find the tips in this interview helpful? The full interview with Jennifer, and her answers to various fundraisers’ questions, and a whole library of training courses and webinar coaching and support from Rob Woods in the Bright Spot Members Club. Follow the link to find out more about our 25% discount on annual... MORE

  • Episode 13: Lynda Harwood-Compton – Using webinars to inspire major and mid-level donors

    Were these ideas and examples helpful? Would like lots more? Lynda refers to various strategies she learned from the Major Gifts Mastery Programme and other Bright Spot resources including the Members Club. If you’re curious to find out about how these would help you too, there is a whole resource library of powerful training films... MORE

  • Episode 12: Caroline Goyder – How to increase your gravitas

    There are three more interviews with Caroline, as well as dozens more training films made by Rob Woods, in the Bright Spot Members Club. Follow the link to find out more about our 25% discount on annual club membership. Episode Notes If you’ve ever needed to represent your charity at a meeting with someone important... MORE

  • Bright Spot Members Club Taster Week

    February 6th, 2020

    I’m sure that like most fundraisers you usually work hard and you’re determined to make a difference. But I’ve noticed that many people are frustrated that they’re not making as much progress as their effort level deserves. In fact, after studying successful fundraising for two decades, I’ve found that hard work on its own is... MORE

  • Episode 11: Lesley Pinder – Part 2. More tips to improve your supporters’ experience

      Want to make more fundraising progress more quickly? We created the Bright Spot Members Club for people like you… If you found Lesley’s advice helpful, we’ve posted the full interview, including bonus content where she gives recommended reading and her advice on various other things she’s learned to help her fundraising, in MORE

  • Episode 10: Lesley Pinder – How to improve the supporter experience through better insight

    Episode Notes At the heart of most fundraising success stories you find that the fundraiser(s) worked hard to better understand the supporter’s world. And unless you strive to understand and appreciate your supporters’ situation, it’s very difficult to consistently create great experiences. But doing this in practice is not always e MORE

  • Episode 9: Liz Tait – How to create a career that makes your heart sing

    Episode Notes We spend so much of our life at work, it clearly makes sense that we should aim to make this time rewarding and enjoyable. But how can you increase your chances that your career will take you in a direction that makes you really happy? In this episode of Fundraising Bright Spots, Rob... MORE

  • Episode 8 Tony Gaston (Part 2): Using smart phone films to increase high value income

    Episode Notes Over a five year period, high value income at EMMS International built steadily from nothing to £2m / year. In this episode of the Fundraising Bright Spots Podcast, we share the second half of Rob Woods’ interview with Tony Gaston who managed major donor fundraising during this period of fabulous growth. As in... MORE

  • Episode 7 Tony Gaston – Growing major donor income from zero to £2m / year

    Episode Notes How can you increase high value income for your charity? Clearly context matters – the same strategies will not work for every charity – but if you want ideas and an increased belief that growth is at least possible, then a good place to start is to look at a fairly small charity... MORE

  • Episode 6 Grit – How to grow your fundraising resilience

    Episode Notes There is no factor more important to your success as a fundraiser than your grit. But is it possible to grow your resilience? In this episode of Fundraising Bright Spots, Rob Woods explains the inspiring research Professor Angela Duckworth has conducted in this area. Duckworth has argued that how gritty you are –... MORE

  • Episode 5 Adam Heuman: How do you get your board to invest in fundraising?

    Episode Notes Most fundraisers agree that you won’t achieve serious growth without first investing in fundraising. But how do you actually persuade the board to invest? In this episode of Fundraising Bright Spots, Rob Woods talks to Adam Heuman, Director of Engagement at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. In three sep MORE

  • Fundraising inspiration: Keep the spark alive when you’re uninspired

    Fundraising is a long game which needs consistent application over many years.  But how do you keep the spark alive  and what can you do about your fundraising when you’re uninspired? Caroline Danks from LarkOwl explains in this guest article. Fundraising inspiration – Keeping the spark alive when you’re uninspired Never mind MORE

  • Episode 4: Rachel Hunnybun: We recognised their ‘stretch’…and then giving increased 174%.

    Episode Notes One major challenge for a fundraiser is how you help your colleagues and trustees to see things from the supporters’ point of view. In Episode 4 of the Fundraising Bright Spots podcast, Rob Woods interviews the individual giving expert Rachel Hunnybun about a particular personalised thank you project, and the difference it MORE

  • Episode 3 Jo Bega: Ace your media appeal

    Episode Notes Taking full advantage of an opportunity makes a huge difference to your fundraising momentum. In this episode of Fundraising Bright Spots, Rob Woods talks to Jo Bega, Chief Executive of Child Rescue Nepal. The charity’s Radio 4 Appeal was one of the most successful of the year and in this interview Jo explains... MORE

  • Episode 2 Andy King: How we inspired 60% of event participants to support long-term

    Episode Notes Many charities spend huge effort recruiting people to do fundraising events, but fail to inspire them to become long-term supporters. In episode 2 of Fundraising Bright Spots, Rob Woods asks Andy King to explain how he went about solving this missed opportunity when he worked at East African Playgrounds. The strategy was so. MORE