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Ian MacQuillin to leave Professional Fundraising magazine

Ian MacQuillin to leave Professional Fundraising magazine

Ian MacQuillin is moving on from editor of Professional Fundraising magazine to work with Jenny Turner at TurnerPR.

Ian has worked as editor at Professional Fundraising for nearly five years. Under his editorship the magazine has been transformed to provide thoughtful and well-informed coverage of all the developments in fundraising in the UK. In particular the magazine now provides unmatched detailed analysis of key issues, with contributions from a range of sector practitioners.

Now published fortnightly, the magazine has maintained a healthy independence, and is never shy of criticising poor practice or what it sees as poor direction from sector bodies.

He was voted fifth most influential person in fundraising last year by the magazine’s readers. He was cited for standing up “for fundraisers and fundraising, championing causes often pilloried in other sectors of the press, such as face-to-face and countering sometimes hostile national media coverage”. He is “always thought-provoking and occasionally controversial, [and] challenges fundraisers to take a wider view of their sector and a more professional attitude to their careers.”

Ian said:

“I can honestly say it’s the best editorship I’ve ever had and in the most interesting, exciting and dynamic sector I’ve worked in (and that’s including waste management)”.

He added:

“I’ve made more friends in fundraising than in all my other jobs put together.”

At TurnerPR he will be offering specialist fundraising PR for charities and suppliers.

He explained the focus of his new role: “My view of charity PR is that most of it concentrates on service delivery and policy work -­ the more glamorous stuff – while fundraising is neglected. Jenny and I want to do something to put that right.”

Ian leaves Professional Fundraising on 28 February 2006 and will be succeeded by Becky Slack.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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