Mark Astarita

Mark Astarita

Director of fundraising , British Red Cross

Mark Astarita joined the British Red Cross as director of fundraising in July 2003, moving from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) where he held the position of deputy chief executive.

Since joining the Red Cross, Astarita has driven through the new fundraising strategy ‘Volunteering to Give’ and 'Volunteering to Give More'. Last year Mark was responsible for raising £150m from 101 different sources.

He became a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising in February 2008 and became its chair in July 2011. He is also a trustee on the international board of Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). 

 

 

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Initial reactions to the IoF National Convention

We sent our trainee fundraising reporter Hugh Radojev to his first ever IoF National Convention. He rounds up a few of his first impressions from day one.

Stephen Cotterill

In the wake of widespread criticism about fundraising methods it's time for the sector’s most influential fundraisers to exert their influence, says Stephen Cotterill.

 Talking to donors: how often is too often?

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.

Advantage Africa on Facebook

Celina Ribeiro was impressed with Advantage Africa's tangible Facebook app idea at the Dragon's Den fundraising pitch-fest.

The emergence of the fundraising CEO is not new but is here to stay. It’s vital for the continued growth of the sector.

» IoF chair: I'm sick of charity 'cowards' leaving fundraisers in the firing line

V&A Museum

Fundraisers from traditional charities need to re-think their approach to  major donor fundraising, and the wealthy in general, if they are to attract the kinds of major gifts that the arts and higher education enjoy, says Adrian Beney

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.

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