Do you notice when you are being nudged?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Every year a collection of new or recycled buzzwords arrive on the fundraising circuit. Last year they were ‘behavioural economics’, ‘neuroscience’, ‘nudging’ and ‘decision science’. All the conference…

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Let’s put the fear back in fundraising

Sunday, October 19, 2014

As fundraisers we know rationally that people make decisions based on emotions, but how often do we acknowledge when this happens to us? Last week I had a…

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Hard truths and making impact

Friday, October 3, 2014

Last week I wrote about the ‘I wish I’d thought of that’ or ‘iwitot’ event and the importance of showing the impact of your fundraising. My vote for…

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See yourself as your donors see you aka a new pair of glasses

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A guest blog rant by Charlie Hulme. How many times would you walk into a wall before you decided to have your glasses checked? So why is it…

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‘Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour’ Truman Capote

Monday, December 9, 2013

Last week I went to an event run by The Crowd, and hosted by Ed Gillespie co-founder of Futerra on celebrating failure. Innovation and failure are close friends….

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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…

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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….

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Your feedback is really really important. Really.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Is it just me or is there a new wave of popularity for places asking you for your feedback?  Because ‘your views are very important’. I seem to…

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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…

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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…

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