Raising colon our game

IMG_3709I’ve spent the last couple of days in Dublin at the Fundraising Ireland National Conference Raising: Our game. You can see my pick of the conference Tweets in my Storify.

At any good conference; whether you are a speaker or a delegate you leave buzzing with ideas. Sometimes you learn new techniques, sometimes you relearn things you already knew but had forgotten. The most important part of a conference is what you do when you leave. If nothing changes then we all fail.

My key take-outs are listed below.

  • The opening plenary ‘The War On Non-Profits’ from Simon Scriver, Director at Total Fundraising was reminiscent of Dan Pallottas recent TED Talk challenging perceptions on ‘acceptable’ levels of admin costs and overheads. As fundraisers it is our job to be bolder about the investment required for fundraising. You can see the opening plenary video here.
  • There are lots of excuses for not reaching targets – the opportunities to raise money are there, you just have to think creatively about how you do it.
  • You can be good but in order to serve your beneficiaries you owe it to them to be great.
  • Doing what you have always done will not get great results.
  • You have to focus on the activity that is going to get you the greatest results and return in the short, medium and long term.
  • You have to take risks.
  • Working with your campaign and policy teams and sharing supporter information will deliver better results.
  • It is possible to raise money from Twitter.
  • Plumpy Nut saves lives but doesn’t taste that nice.
  • Make a list of things you are going to stop doing – so you can focus on the important stuff.
  • When people say no 9/10 they mean ‘ask me a better question’.
  • Get the right people on the bus and he wrong people off the bus.
  • Fundraising is the best profession in the world to work in (in my honest opinion)

Thank you Fundraising Ireland for inviting me to be part of your beautifully organised and inspiring conference.


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