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The cost of living crisis demands a Covid-style response

11 July 2022
Naomi Chapman

Life is getting more expensive for everyone. In Britain, the official inflation rate is 9.1 per cent. America is not far behind at 8.6 per cent. Across the EU it’s averaging 8.8 per cent. But it’s worse if you’re poor. The poorest households spend a greater proportion of their income on items for which prices are rising the fastest. Low-income families in Britain for example spend a fifth of their budget on energy, compared with …

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So you want to do a participatory strategy?

18 March 2022
Rachel Stephenson Sheff

Love the intention – but let’s make sure you get it right. These days, the word ‘participation’ – or rather, its sophisticated cousin ‘participatory‘ – is tossed around the social impact space like the word ‘organic’ in a hipster grocery store. Everyone wants to do a participatory process because they understand why it’s a smart and equitable idea. That said, organisations often don’t do them well. As consultants, we are constantly asked to shoe-horn participation into …

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15 best practices for hosting virtual or hybrid fundraising events

5 February 2022
Steve Bernat

Like many activities, the onset of the pandemic abruptly put an end to in-person fundraising. Now in our new normal, while some in-person events have returned, the majority of nonprofit organizations and other fundraising groups have been forced to significantly pivot their efforts in order to reach new donors through the chaos, with many expanding to virtual or hybrid events.  In its first annual report on fundraising best practices, the virtual fundraising platform RallyUp revealed trends …

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What are the best practices for online giving? Here’s three from our research

2 February 2022
Andy Jones

Ten years ago, nonprofit fundraisers waited for the postal service to make their daily delivery of mail at the office in order to gauge the effectiveness of their campaigns and appeals. Now, they get real-time alerts as donations arrive online. As more donors move their giving online, it requires organisations to optimise the online donation experience. Over the past year, Roundtree conducted research in order to learn from the practices of others. We donated to …

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How unrestricted should funding be?

25 November 2021
Hugh Davidson

INGOs prefer unrestricted funds, often for good reasons. For funders this can feel like: ‘Just give us the money and …

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How to stop making assumptions and accelerate community-led change

22 September 2021
Hannah Lee

This article is part of a series of articles about Community-Led Philanthropy, co-hosted by GlobalGiving. The conversation explores the ways philanthropy …

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Flexible funding is the right way forward – but we still need to measure impact

20 September 2021
Sarah Denselow and Seth Reynolds

One of the healthiest shifts we’ve seen from this pandemic has been the rise of more flexible trust-based forms of grant-making. But this …

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Impact philanthropy: building blocks of impact for maximising the ROI of your philanthropy

5 September 2021
Sue Norton

As Covid-19 and its variants continue to spread despite progress with vaccines, what felt like a brief period of optimism …

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How to help Afghans? Suggestions for impactful and respectful giving

30 August 2021
Farahnaz Karim

The security and political crisis in Afghanistan has touched many around the world who are ready to help, host and …

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How to effectively support the earthquake-hit communities in Haiti

16 August 2021
Regine Webster

The island nation of Haiti has been dealt yet another devastating blow. While details are still emerging, we know that a …

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How funders worried by the UN climate report can address the climate crisis

10 August 2021
Liz Gadd

As the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report declares ‘code red for humanity,’ now is the time for funders, regardless of …

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Why philanthropists get overwhelmed and how to avoid shutting down

8 August 2021
Kris Putnam-Walkerly

How To Find The Reset Button. A serious, but largely overlooked, problem in philanthropy is feeling overwhelmed. What is overwhelm? …

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Does your philanthropy suffer from a scarcity mindset?

24 July 2021
Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Take this short quiz to find out. It’s philanthropy’s Achilles heel. Foundation leaders, donors, professional athletes, corporate executives – all …