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The environment remains tough for charities but raising funds is still key

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis charities have been squeezed. In fact, austerity delivered a double whammy to the sector. Just as central and local government grants were being cut, public organizations were also reducing the level of services they provide to groups such as the homeless, disabled, children, domestic abuse victims or families needing extra support. Charities... read more

Solidifying your fundraising knowledge with a credential

Do you value doing a job properly, thoroughly, and without shortcuts? If you’re a fundraising professional, this means you’re likely to be the team member consistently adhering to the highest professional standards. You show up to work each day with a commitment to go above and beyond—grounding yourself in donor-centric fundraising principles that help your donor achieve her philanthropic goals.... read more

Choosing a Fundraising Consultant

What to Look for When Choosing a Fundraising Consultancy If you feel that your fundraising efforts need a helping hand, a fundraising consultancy can provide a depth of knowledge and support across several areas. They can provide guidance on how to streamline processes, offer advice on how to complete grant applications, help you develop new income streams, and more. There... read more

The Gherkin Sessions 2019

After the amazing success of last years "Gherkin Sessions" on creating a successful fundraising consultancy, the AFC will once again be hosting this years' sessions at the iconic Gherkin on Wednesday 2nd October 2019. More details will be released soon so make sure you don't miss out - SAVE THE DATE today! Make sure you pencil out the 2nd October... read more

How can charities expand and diversify their income?

Guest Blog - Written by Stefan Lipa Consultancy   Ensuring a healthy income stream is a key function for any charity that wishes to achieve its aims. All too often, charities facing a cash crisis have allowed old income streams to fall away or haven’t considered all options for new ones. Diversifying income streams does require a deal of work,... read more

Telling Your Fundraising Story

In any fundraising endeavour, narrative matters. Too many charities fall at the first hurdle because they rush to ask for gifts before they have developed a clear and persuasive case for support. Drafting a well argued, securely evidenced case for support is the first step in nearly all fundraising projects. Without this, potential givers will find it difficult to grasp... read more

‘Creating a Successful Fundraising Consultancy’ The AFC’s Gherkin Sessions September 2018

We held a very lively and informative Sessions this year and here we share some of the key outcomes with you. As professional fundraising consultants under the umbrella of the AFC, we are committed to giving our clients the best possible professional advice and sharing best practice. Promoting your company everyone is different so find what works for your company... read more

The Power of the Personal Touch

‘A face to face ask is 34 times more effective than sending an email’. Harvard Business Review 2017 If there is one thing that I have learned over the past 30 years of fundraising it is to always ask in person wherever possible.  Indeed, not just for fundraising purposes but for anything you truly want in life. Like everyone else,... read more

Winning Business as a Consultant

Fundraising consultancy is a competitive market. There are several agencies competing for the same business; not to mention numerous sole traders, ranging from highly experienced consultants who have been working in the field for many years, to relative newcomers, either supplementing their day-job, or trying to establish themselves for the first time. Standing out and winning business is not easy.... read more

Why Leadership is important to a successful fundraising campaign.

All leaders need to have a clarity of purpose, buy in to the vision and, most importantly, make their own well-thought through personal gift to the fundraising efforts early in the process.  Their leadership by example will set the bar high and define the outcome of the campaign.  As Albert Schweitzer said: “Example is not the main thing in influencing... read more