Useful Tactics For All Fundraisers

  • Episode 59: The fundraising tactics bringing fabulous results for our hospice, with Paul Courtney

    March 30th, 2021

    Bright Spot · 59_Paul Courtney Episode Notes Fundraising has been especially hard for many hospices and small charities this year because community and events fundraising has been so disrupted during the pandemic. Corporate partnerships income has also been hard hit in many charities. So I was intrigued to hear about the remarkable resul MORE

  • The obstacle is the way

    March 25th, 2021

    FIVE keys to help you find and adapt to opportunities in spite of the ongoing challenges. With so much challenge and constant change in the last year, one of the books I’ve found especially helpful is Ryan Holiday’s The obstacle is the way. The central, empowering theme is that challenging events can not only be... MORE

  • Episode 57: How we DOUBLED income for our small arts charity, with Hannah Carter

    March 23rd, 2021

    Bright Spot · 57_Hannah Raising funds has been hard for so many charities this year, but it’s been especially hard in the arts and for small charities. Ensemble Reza is both these things and yet they’ve found ways to not only keep serving their audience (and grow it significantly), they’ve even done remarkably well in... MORE

  • Episode 56: The amazing value of learning – why it’s essential now with Rob Woods

    March 11th, 2021

    Bright Spot · 56_Rob Woods on learning Episode Notes For the last five years, the pace of change (including in the fundraising environment) has been greater than ever. And since the pandemic began, it’s felt turbo-charged. Since change seems unlikely to slow down any time soon, it is now more important than ever that we... MORE

  • Culture first – how one small charity made its fundraising so DYNAMIC during COVID

    February 11th, 2021

    We’re under pressure to get results, so as fundraisers it’s tempting to focus our energies on the results we want, and the activities needed to get there, but these efforts often fail unless we first get clear on something more important. I wanted to share an example of how making decisions about how you are... MORE

  • How to smash your target

    February 5th, 2021

    What I learned about increasing fundraising income from a high achieving fundraiser and ultra runner. In early March I saw on twitter that a fellow fundraiser, Max Newton was running the Tunnel Ultra. If you’re not an ultra runner, you’re probably not aware of this EXTRAORDINARY running event, so I’ll explain…its a 200 mile ul MORE

  • Creating Great Festive Content for your Supporters – Three Ideas

    December 9th, 2020

    Charities are working as hard as ever to connect with their supporters at the moment. I wanted to share just one example that I think is great, which is the virtual advent calendar made by an excellent charity called Mousetrap Theatre Projects. Mousetrap Theatre Projects is a theatre education charity which helps young people to... MORE

  • Playing to your strengths – 3 steps to help shape your charity fundraising strategy

    November 3rd, 2020

    Most fundraisers are under pressure to succeed, but in many small charities this pressure can be intense. With limited time, budget and brand recognition, it can feel like the odds are against you even in a ‘normal’ year, let along 2020 / 2021. Recently I spoke to Mark Williams, an experienced fundraiser and leader, who... MORE

  • Four ways you benefit from being a learner

    July 30th, 2020

    It can be hard to make time for learning and activities that keep you inspired, but here are four ways I’ve found it pays you back generously for what you invest. In twenty years of studying the habits and beliefs of very successful fundraisers, I can tell you that they do not all share the... MORE

  • 3 tips for fundraisers to help you look after yourself and others during the Coronavirus crisis

    May 15th, 2020

    I wanted to publish this video and article to help you look after yourself and keep at your best during the pandemic, in spite of all the challenges you’re wrestling with right now.  I’ve got three key ideas that might just help you look after yourself and others.  The first one came out of an... MORE