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The dangers of putting your professional development on the backburner

When you’re hitting fundraising targets, donor retention is stellar, and your board is giving kudos, it can be tempting to rest on your professional laurels. When everything is ticking along smoothly, we often think, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” However, just as a car that’s running like a dream still requires regular maintenance to operate at peak performance,... read more

Tips for a Strong Case for Support

What is it? A Case for Support is often the most difficult hurdle to starting a fundraising campaign. What do you say? How long should it be? What is the pitch? It is very often the first impression potential donors have of your client’s vision and campaign, and is therefore a document that clients will often rely on their fundraising... read more

Why join the AFC?

With the Covid-19 pandemic directly impacting UK philanthropy across multiple sectors – including the arts, education, heritage and churches to name just a few – many donors have stated that they are currently directing their limited resources towards supporting their existing grantees, and are not considering new applications. Furthermore, numerous trusts and foundations have already diverted a significant proportion of... read more

So What’s Wrong with Commission-Based Fundraising?

Payment by commission is defined as a professional fundraiser receiving, as remuneration for their services, a percentage or ‘cut’ of the funds they raise. In order to cover likely costs of salary and other expenses, a commission-based fundraiser would typically require 15% of the funds raised from their campaigns. Therefore, if a commission-based fundraiser secured a gift of £500,000 for their charity, they would expect payment of £75,000; if they raised £0, they would not expect to receive any payment.   As a ubiquitous tool in commerce and an established practice in many other sectors, why don’t all fundraisers take a slice of the funds they raise? Surely it is a win-win: charities give away a slice of money they couldn’t have raised anyway, and fundraisers are incentivized to aim high? Although commission-based fundraising (CBF) is practiced in the UK,... read more

Celebrating Charity 25 years of ups and downs in fundraising

2020 will be a memorable year for many reasons but for Hampshire-based fundraising consultants and AFC member Stefan Lipa Consultancy, it marks a quarter-century of helping charities to raise money for both landmark and community projects. Over that period, they have helped charity groups raise funds for projects including: conservation and development work in Norwich Cathedral and the Oxford Oratory;... read more

The Benefits of Fundraising Qualifications

As fundraising consultants, it is vital that we are as knowledgeable as possible if we are to present ourselves to clients as experts in our field.  Therefore, the value and importance of qualifications is always a topic close to our hearts.  Choosing the right qualifications for our particular work can prove challenging as we consider a range of factors including:... read more

Tea & Cake

Who can resist the prospect of the great British cuppa and a slice of scrumptious cake? Not many judging by the attendance at the latest Association of Fundraising Consultants’ remote session. The session was originally planned to be held in London where we could all meet at a lovely location in Pall Mall.  However, as with so many other meetings... read more

UK Fundraising Professional Sian Newton on the Value of Earning a Fundraising Certification

Sian Newton became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in early 2020 and has had a two-decade career fundraising in the UK. The CFRE certification is the only globally-recognised, accredited certification for fundraising professionals. By holding the CFRE, each certificant shows they have demonstrated their understanding of globally-accepted best practice fundraising principles. Sian has worked for some of the UK’s... read more

New leadership at Gifted Fundraising Consultants

Release: January 23, 2020. Amy Stevens steps-up as the Chief Executive of Gifted Philanthropy taking on the leadership of this innovative fundraising consultancy from Andrew Day, who will continue to serve the firm’s growing array of charity clients. “Amy is an outstanding professional with extensive experience across the third sector.  As one of Gifted’s founding directors, she has led some... read more

Lessons from the Sessions (2019)

Our second Gherkin Sessions took place on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 and were a great success, providing our attendees not only with the opportunity to network but also to ask our speakers those all-important questions about why they chose the particular fundraising consultant they did.   Our 3 excellent speakers boast impressive resumés: Chris Burghes became the first Chief Executive of... read more