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Howard Lake

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  • 17 October 2010 at 7:53 am #11263

    Yes, it is. A house and/or its contents. Quite a few charities receive something like this each year.

    Get legal advice on it, and, depending on whether you are the donor or an adviser, do consider not tying up the charity with how they might use the property. Some charities have been given houses on the strict understanding that they use it for e.g. a children’s home, a cat santuary etc, only for the charity to find that, when it eventually receives the house, it is not in a position to carry out the donor’s wishes.

    Often it can be better for the charity to have the ability to sell or rent the property, to realise its value, rather than add to its financial responsibilities through repair or renovation needs.

    So, it’s usually important to talk to the charity first before making any donation.

    9 October 2010 at 4:10 pm #11261

    Thanks Alice. Do please share the summary findings of your survey. I’m sure quite a few people would be interested in the results.

    16 September 2010 at 10:03 am #11258

    Certainly. It’s at


    16 September 2010 at 10:01 am #11257

    You might have done, except you don’t mention if your new service is directly of use to charity fundraisers. Do charities browse your site? Have they employed anyone yet?

    If not, then, given this site is for professional charity fundraisers, it might not be relevant.

    Howard Lake
    UK Fundraising

    10 September 2010 at 12:18 pm #11251

    It can be tricky to secure raffle prizes without having good personal contacts. Writing cold letters will undoubtedly have poor results, so if you, your family or friends have any business contacts, start with them first – and then ask them if they can recommend other business contacts.

    You might also try, a site with advice for members of the public on fundraising.

    Good luck.

    Howard Lake
    UK Fundraising

    10 September 2010 at 12:15 pm #11250

    Thanks, but do they serve UK charities and nonprofits? There will be similar services in many countries but this website focuses primarily on the UK.

    9 September 2010 at 10:26 am #11249

    Chapel & York have considerable experience in this area and run workshops, many of which they list here e.g.

    David Wickert and Barbara Davidson are the contacts:

    17 August 2010 at 11:20 pm #11240

    One title to start with is the Complete Fundraising Handbook by Nina Botting Herbst and Michael Norton:

    That’s the 2007 edition. A new version is in the works I understand but there’s no sign that you can pre-order it from or

    There’s also ‘Successful Fundraising’ by John Baguley:

    which has some international perspective. John (my fundraising boss when I was at Amnesty International UK in the early 90s) runs the International Fundraising Consultancy so has a good track record in fundraising in many different countries.

    John has created an online bookstore of fundraising books:

    and UK Fundraising has one too:

    6 August 2010 at 2:26 pm #11239

    I’m going to complicate this by suggesting any respondents let us know if they used the clickable link option within their video that is offered to charities that are part of YouTube’s Nonprofit Programme.

    I think the facility to include a clickable link in a video (and in embedded copies of the video on other websites) direct to e.g. the charity’s donation page is likely to see a much better income that a video that simply includes the charity’s URL in text at the end of a video.

    So, I think we should distinguish between those two types of YouTube videos.

    28 July 2010 at 11:06 pm #11233

    I was about to suggest or until I read your section about your poor line speed. I’ve used both for several years, both for UK Fundraising and for personal uses, and find them useful. Flickr has a ‘4 good’ programme for nonprofits, including UK charities, offering free pro accounts to successful applicants:

    You don’t mention whether the photo library is for internal access only or whether it can be (and should be) shared in public, and whether you need digital rights functions. Also whether there is any ecommerce element for supporters or the public to buy the images.

    I wonder also whether a program like Flickr would work if you required multiple separate accounts, all with access to the same system/content. Unless you were happy for staff to share a single login…

    While I’m sure there are plenty of people on this site who could answer, you might also try posting your question to the charitywebmanager forum on Yahoo! Groups at

    A search there for ‘photo’ brings up some similar discussions, with mentions of CaptureWeb 2.0, Microsoft Expression Media 2, and the web-based as possible solutions:

    27 July 2010 at 8:13 am #11231

    I’m not too sure. Sometimes people make bids at charity auctions designed to help get the final price higher, without (they hope!) ending up securing the item themselves.

    That said, there might be rules about this practice at the auction venue you used.

    I had a look at the Institute of Fundraising’s codes of practice. The events code at

    mentions auctions but doesn’t address this issue.

    Sorry, no answer for you.

    14 July 2010 at 10:15 pm #11227

    I know that recently benefited last year (?) from the film Looking for Eric featuring Eric Cantona. I think they subsequently benefited from the online auction of a signed script. Maybe they could share their experiences?

    13 July 2010 at 10:05 pm #11226

    Try the Institute of Fundraising’s newly redesigned Tax-Effective Giving website at

    It has some good practical info on payroll giving, and a download section. Don’t think they’ve got a ready made presentation there, but ask them if you can use one of theirs, or parts of it. Lee, Sarah and Katie there are very helpful.

    17 June 2010 at 8:56 am #11216

    Try talking to Roger Craven at

    who are SMS and mobile specialists for the charity sector. He might well have stats.

    There is also the Mobile Data Association’s CharityText site:

    which has some recent updates about income raised via use of text.

    11 May 2010 at 10:19 am #11195

    Thanks for posting. I’m afraid most of the thousands of users on this site are looking for grants or funding, so regret that this forum probably isn’t going to be too responsive. It works best for quite specific requests.

    It would help if you explained where you have looked already – websites, books, people, organisations. Otherwise, we could end up just listing the places you are already aware of.

    Also, you don’t say where you are based – funders often have geographical limitations.

    Also try

    which is a site created for people who fundraise in their spare time for their favourite charity.

    28 April 2010 at 12:59 pm #11194

    Experienced fundraisers are certainly in demand in the UK, perhaps more so given the economic climate, so I hope you find one soon.

    1. Volresource has some useful lists of sector specific recruitment agencies, websites, publications etc:

    2. For making connections try the following:

    * join the Institute of Fundraising. I think AFP has a reciprocal relationship so you’re probably already a member. There are lots of special interest and regional groups with frequent speaker and networking meetings.

    * search Twitter – there are quite a few active fundraisers, fundraising agencies etc who network, share advice and information using Twitter in a very friendly and informal manner. To get started, follow me at

    or explore the fundraising-related lists of Twitter users I have created at

    * get a sense of the current issues in fundraising and the broader charity/voluntary sector by subscribing to the various magazines, blogs, email newsletters etc on the subject. I feature the latest news from quite a few of these on UK Fundraising at

    although you’ll spot several US/Canadian and international sources.

    3. On UK and Canadian resumes I can’t comment. But talk to any of the fundraising sector recruitment agencies and they’ll be able to advise.

    Good luck in your move and hope you have a very rewarding time here.

    17 April 2010 at 8:37 am #11188

    You can not set up a charity to benefit an individual. You can set up an appeal in the name of pretty much anything legal and accept donations, but you can not say that it is a charity appeal.

    31 March 2010 at 11:01 pm #11178

    The best place to start would be the Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales. They have plenty of practical advice on their website, together with a phone helpline.

    30 March 2010 at 1:24 pm #11177

    Thanks for your post Gary.

    I don’t think you’ll get much out of this site. It’s designed for professional charity fundraisers – those who do it for a job – rather than the members of the general public wishing to fundraise for their favourite charity.

    Two suggestions:

    * try posting your request at, a website set up over a year ago to offer advice to members of the public fundraising for a charity

    * choose a charity to benefit and then ask them for their advice. Many charities are used to helping people keen to fundraise for them.

    Good luck.

    Howard Lake

    1 March 2010 at 7:08 pm #11168

    No, the situation is still the same. You can raise funds for a film online. Indeed, you now probably stand a better chance of doing so, given the success of some ‘crowdfunded’ films. Search online to find examples of those, such as Franny Armstrong’s ‘The Age of Stupid’:

    There’s been a lot of activity in this area e.g. fans funding new or small bands to make another recording or to tour.

    Good luck.

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