Unintended consequences, participatory grantmaking, more bongs for your buck, where anthropology and fundraising meet, and tackling myths about giving to charities. They are all here in our latest round-up of five tweets for fundraisers.
1. Unintended consequences
CAF’s Rhodri Davies shares a 1999 paper which found that one kind of charity fundraising activity typically had high costs – for another organisation, the NHS.
A study looking at 5 yrs of data on people parachuting to raise money for charity in Tayside has found that every £1 raised cost the NHS £13.75 dealing with injuries.
Apparent accelerating novices to terminal velocity can have unintended consequences.
— Rhodri Davies ☕️ 🤔 (@Rhodri_H_Davies) January 14, 2020
2. Let’s do a crowdfunder!
Crowdfunding as government policy? Surely not.
Plus, there are five bells and clappers involved in the ‘Big Ben’ chimes. So, perhaps the Prime Minister should have planned for a stretch target of 5 x £500,000 – £2.5 million.
When your board member decides to ignore your briefing and freestyle…because how hard can fundraising be? https://t.co/4h9QAzbB6v
— David Burgess (@DavidBurgessFR) January 14, 2020
3. Myth busting
Charities Aid Foundation tackles some common and even wilful misunderstandings of giving to charities.
We often hear myths and ideas on #giving that are not as clear-cut as people may think 🤔
— Charities Aid Foundation (@Caf) January 29, 2020
4. Participatory grantmaking
Rose Longhurst shared a helpful list of participatory grantmakers in the form of a Twitter thread. This is now also available as a single-page thread via @Threadreaderapp.
I often get asked about philanthropic communities of practice I find useful, and recommendations for awesome participatory grantmakers, so I thought I'd make a little public list. I'd welcome any additions!
First, a few philanthropy networks I benefit from:
— Rose Longhurst (@roselonghurst) February 9, 2020
5. Anthropology and fundraising
The anthropological concept of reciprocity includes gift-giving, and Mark Phillips has dug out part of a lecture on that subject that he thinks fundraisers should find interesting.
One for the anthropology / fundraising nerds. 12 minutes intro on gift giving and how it binds people together. https://t.co/cwxIPTNj7y
— Mark Phillips (@Markyphillips) January 23, 2020
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