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Five tweets for fundraisers on 21 February 2019

Five tweets for fundraisers on 21 February 2019

Here’s another round-up of tweets that might help, inspire or simply tweak the curiosity of fundraisers.

They cover the possible offence of asking some professionals for free services, the challenge of stagnant levels of giving, and a reminder that inspiration for fundraisers is everywhere, including a letter from an eBay buyer.


1. Some free advice on asking for free services

“Can you do that for free please?” The charity sector is very experienced at asking for and skills. As a result plenty of skilled, professional people get asked, quite a bit. 

That can irk some of them. And some professions seem to get asked more than others (musicians? photographers?), so this thread should remind us of the need to ask respectfully, and to avoid certain assumptions, such as that musicians are always delighted to perform for charity so that they can get more exposure…


2. Time to get off the merry-go-round?

Mark Phillips suggests that, while many fundraisers do a remarkable job, we haven’t managed to increase the total amount that individuals give to charity each year for the past 10 years.

What might break this logjam?


3. More charitable giving statistics

Alec East at Narrative UK shared a useful collection of stats on charitable giving in the UK from a variety of sources. All of them are sourced.


4. Thank you for buying from eBay

Inspiration is all around us. David Burgess of Apollo Fundraising spotted a thank you letter from an eBay buyer that outclasses plenty of charities’ thank you responses for donations.


5. for social change ideas

UK Fundraising covers plenty of funding opportunities for charities and organisations. This one is perhaps more relevant to fundraisers themselves, or indeed any charity staff member. Do you have a side hustle? An idea that you would love to take further and test out to show it has the potential for social impact?

This fund, in memory of the much-missed Stephen Lloyd, could be for you:


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 and co-founder of Research massive growth in giving.

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