The Fundraiser’s Toolbox

You know that fundraising is hard work. To be successful you need to be well equipped to take on all its challenges. At SOFII, we thought you might like some help. So we’ve put together this fundraiser’s toolbox that we’ll be filling with essential examples, formats, articles, case studies, ideas and tips that we think every fundraiser should know about.

CDE project 6. Section 5.2: the starfish story

by Robbie Macmillan

A poignant little story about a man saving starfish reflects the emotional driving force of Robbie Macmillan's Children of Rwanda charity.

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A practical, evidence-based guide that’ll keep your relationship fundraising on track

by Ryan Burdock

Practical, evidence-based handbooks on fundraising are hard to come by, but Ryan Burdock of Prospectus has found just that in Donors for Life by Craig Linton and Paul Stein.

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The great fundraiser’s bookshelf

by Joe Burnett

Where do you start, if you want to find the best books on fundraising? Look no further: welcome to the great fundraiser's bookshelf.

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The (almost) complete reading list for fundraisers

by Lisa Sargent

If you're starting out in fundraising and are wondering where to get the knowledge you need, this list of inspirational books is for you.

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If you want their money, best not to insult them

by Joe Burnett

A goof by the UK Conservative Party in a fundraising letter shows just how careful you need to be with the data you're working from.

Note: this article contains language that some may find offensive

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What’s the golden thread that unites us?

by Richard Turner

There were so many great and inspirational ideas shared at I Wish I'd Thought Of That 2018. Which of these will inspire you to transform your fundraising?

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How to bring feminism into your fundraising

by Emily Collins-Ellis

Emily Collins-Ellis and Rachel Stephenson Sheff demonstrate that feminism needs to be brought into fundraising, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it will improve that fundraising and benefit your organisation.

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There must surely be a better way to make the most of people’s generosity during tragic times?

by Andrew Papworth

It's wonderful how the public responds to horrors  such as the terror attack at the Manchester Arena  in the UK with generous donations to help the victims. But is there a better way?

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Collecting stories from your donors

by Simone Joyaux

Do you ever ask donors for their stories? Nonprofits have access to a crucial resource and it’s a fundraiser’s role to tap into it. 

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I’m a fundraiser because…

by Damian O’Broin

Being a fundraiser is more than just a job for Ask Direct founder and leading Irish fundraiser Damian O’Broin.

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