The biggest mistake I ever made, and what I wish I’d done instead

Monday, September 30, 2013
Photograph by jurvetson

Or, how to reduce risk in innovation, a guest blog by Rachel Collinson. I’m blushing as I write this. Recounting stories of your mistakes is never pleasant. Especially when…

Read More

Are you proud to be a fundraiser?

Monday, September 23, 2013

In my experience, when you tell people that you work for a charity, or that you are a fundraiser you get one of two reactions. The first is that…

Read More

Make someone’s day – every day

Monday, September 2, 2013

A guest blog by Matthew Sherrington…. A little girl was walking along the beach hand in hand with her grandfather. The beach was littered with stranded starfish that…

Read More

What’s the point of it?

Monday, August 19, 2013

  Ages ago I spotted this list written on a piece of A5 paper on the wall of my (then) Directors office. It inspired me  – so I…

Read More

Have you ever donated your foreign change to charity?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I’m always mystery shopping and collecting stuff that charities are doing, with a view to stealing ideas, or copying them – and with any luck making the idea…

Read More

7 tips to being a brilliant fundraiser

Monday, August 5, 2013

First Thursday is a great event for fundraisers. You hear from a fundraising expert for 20 minutes, followed by opportunities to meet other fundraisers over food and drink….

Read More

The Fundraisers Riddle

Monday, July 22, 2013

According to legend, when Albert Einstein was a small child he devised a riddle. The common belief is that only 2% of the population can work out the…

Read More

Rants and buzzwords

Monday, July 8, 2013

I spent most of last week at the Institute of Fundraising Convention. It is the annual event in London for fundraisers in the UK to learn, network and…

Read More

Dennis the piranha

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Last week I went out on the Southbank in London with my dad. His proper name is Stan Gower.  As we walked past the London Aquarium his eyes…

Read More

Thinking fast and slow

Friday, June 14, 2013

  Thinking fast and slow is a book by Daniel Kahneman. It unpicks how humans make decisions and the rational and (more often) irrational processes that our brains…

Read More