Talking to donors: how often is too often?
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Talking to donors: how often is too often?

2 Jul 2015

Plans to limit the number of communications from charities to donors won't work, says Richard Hill, founder of Media Watch. But the sector must work harder to plan its interactions better.

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Frontline: A world away from the internet

Volunteering in Romania, Beth Yorath has discovered that frontline staff bring many unexpected benefits to the charity they work for.

Unfair advantage? Match funding for arts and education

Government match funding schemes for the arts and higher education are all well and good, but do they give those causes an unfair advantage over others? Mark Astarita thinks so.

Andrew Chaggar, co-founder, European Disaster Volunteers

Andrew Chaggar is frustrated by claims that charities 'ambulance-chase' disasters around the world. Here he ponders the role of the media in fuelling charities' emergency responses, from the frontline in Haiti.

Running costs as you've never seen them before

Chester Mojay-Sinclare set up charity comparison site Alive and Giving last year. After Oxfam partnered with PayPal last week to offer "100 per cent" of donations to the cause, he wonders if the action is sending the right message for the sector.

Few charities start claiming gift aid as soon as they are founded. To get 3 unblemished years, a charity has to have been going for at least 4 years, so why not make it easier all round and say that GASDS is available only to charities that have been running for 5 years and have not been convicted/penalised for fraud ?

» Gift aid small donation scheme is no gift for small charities

Taking the reigns

Breaking down silos is not just about the other parts of charities letting fundraisers in. Fundraisers need to get involved in the entire working of their charities, says Amanda McLean.

Fundraisers must aim for more than legal compliance

Fundraising has an obligation to aim for best practice and transparency, not just comply with the precise letter of the law, says Alistair McLean.

 PayPal pays Oxfam running costs: A double-edged sword?

PayPal’s plan to supplement donations to Oxfam to ensure that 100 per cent of donors’ money goes to core activity and not overhead costs could fortify, not break down, donor hesitations, says Celina Ribeiro.

Another day another dollar?

It's tempting to look to the United States for inspiration, but we're  very different demographics, says Niki May Young.

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