Major Gifts

Key Stone Habits – how could you use them to grow fundraising income?

April 9th 2019

‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.’  Aristotle In studying the approaches taken by very successful fundraisers for more than 14 years, I have noticed that their habits are usually different from those of their peers who don’t raise as much. And when I’ve interviewed these fundraisers I... Read more

Want to build fundraising growth (or an igloo)? The CRUCIAL ingredient…

March 26th 2018

In my last blog I shared examples of the extraordinary power of compounding to increase your fundraising success over time. Put simply, by focusing on small, very achievable bits of progress in just a handful of (the right) areas, this momentum multiplies to achieve spectacular lifts in fundraising results.   One of the most fascinating... Read more

How to make your fundraising results compound…

March 14th 2018

I was recently told an illuminating story about the legendary basketball coach, Pat Riley, widely regarded as one of the most successful coaches of all time. (Attention, if you’re more interested in growing your fundraising success than basketball, I promise the basketball bit of this will be both brief and relevant.) Apparently, in one exhausting... Read more

The Theory of Desirable Difficulty

April 1st 2015

Can you find advantage in your biggest disadvantage? Many people are aware that Richard Branson is dyslexic. Until recently I had not been aware of research that shows that he shares this characteristic with many other entrepreneurs. Julie Logan, a professor of entrepreneurship at the Cass Business School in London, found that more than a... Read more

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

March 23rd 2015

My five year old son is not bad at hand writing. But to be honest I think he does find it more boring and harder work than some of his more sedentary class-mates. And yet during half term week, he voluntarily spent nearly two hours researching and writing a six page ‘book’. And he really... Read more

5 well-meaning (but toxic) myths about Major Gift Fundraising

March 26th 2014

Having coached hundreds of fundraisers to improved results over the last nine years, I have found a handful of well-meaning myths that swirl all around and are hard to escape. A simple way to make fundraising easier is to take responsibility for what you are willing to believe and pass on yourself. You can start... Read more

How to avoid the most common mistake when you set goals – wisdom from a Paralympic Champion

March 26th 2014

In the year 2000 my charity employer sent me on a course. Brand new to fundraising, many of the ideas were extremely useful. And I was impressed by a neat system which our tutor gave us to make sure the fundraising goals we set were effective.   You may have been told the same thing.... Read more