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Return of the Capital Appeals…

Return of the Capital Appeals…

This may belong in the “is it just us” file but in the past few weeks I have noticed that last years reluctance by trustees to press the “go” button on capital appeals has been replaced by their usual “haven’t we finished it yet” with no time given to the process between.

Indeed trustee impatience, after at least a year of dilly dallying, may be responsible for the current disastrous rush to borrow, buy and build then look for a consultancy to raise the money; but at least we are seeing a return of confidence in the ability of major donors to give major gifts and major trusts top give capital sums, though the latter might be a reflection of mild panic because even trustees have caught wind of the scant resources likely to be available to trusts next year.

Or perhaps the whole race may be down to a subconscious desire to get in before government has to pay for its borrowing by cutting back and axing many of those juicy contracts many of us thrived on these past few years.

John Baguley


John Baguley is the CEO of the International Fundraising Consultancy (IFC) and a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. IFC has a global reach with twelve country directors and runs the free Top Table business breakfasts for fundraising directors. John is a regular speaker at international fundraising conventions, and a writer and blogger on fundraising.

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