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Manifesto for Change

Our Manifesto for Change, developed with our Expert Advisory Panel on EDI, sets out how we plan to embark to our journey for a more equal, diverse and inclusive profession.

If you work for a charity you are a fundraiser - and that includes the CEO

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter, explains why Shelter’s Executive Leadership Team and Trustees have been out fundraising, and why that doesn’t just mean meeting major donors and senior corpora...

'Be prepared. I did the IoF Certificate in Fundraising...a year later I became the CEO!'

Debbie Geraghty, Executive Director of Plymouth Music Zone, explains in this blog how doing a fundraising course led her down some unexpected paths...

'It has helped me secure both short-term wins and long-term sustainable strategy'

IoF Trustee and soon-to-be International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising graduate Emma-Louise Singh MInstF(AdvDip) explains how, as well as the qualification taking her own fundraising to a whole new ...

Muslim giving explained

Na’eem Raza explains what you need to know about Muslim giving before expanding into the market.

Women in fundraising - it's not up to you to make a change, it's up to us

I was both shocked and inspired by the debate when I convened a panel discussion about Women in Fundraising at this year’s Fundraising Convention.

A chance to learn from the wider sector

As a sole fundraiser, meeting other fundraisers and sharing commonalities and challenges is so important. And as an arts and culture fundraiser, adapting fundraising techniques and showcasing creative...

Change Collective Brochure

Improving supporter experience

Small charities must harness the support available in the sector

Funding cuts and an uncertain economic landscape are challenges familiar to every small charitable organisation but, similar to those within the wider sector, arts, culture and heritage fundraisers co...

'It helped me deliver more effective campaigns'

Andy Heald found the online Certificate in Fundraising so valuable that he later took on the online Diploma in Fundraising. In this blog, he shares what the experience was like and importantly, how hi...

Accepting, refusing and returning donations

We need to talk about diversity

David Mbaziira, a member of our Expert Advisory Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion looks at how improving diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession is a responsibility we all share...

Connecting people to causes

Seven steps to qualification success

Experienced IoF tutor Dr Claire Routley shares her advice for completing an IoF qualification. Read on for the advice that will not only prepare you, but help you decide if it's your time to study.

The psychology of opting in

There are many good reasons for putting supporters in control of how they are contacted but unfortunately, research shows these decisions are open to being biased by subtle factors. How the question i...

Committing to diversity: reflections as we embark on a journey

Our CEO, Peter Lewis, reflects in this blog on a big, and quite daunting, step for the Institute last week - setting up our new expert advisory panel on equality, diversity and inclusion.

FPS launched and live - here's what you need to know

With the recent launch of the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) we are keen to give you, our members all the support and guidance you need, and offer some useful information to make sure you are re...

Launch of the FPS: are you receiving me?

The launch of the Fundraising Preference Service next Thursday 6th July will cap a year of shifting public expectations for the fundraising sector. Stephen Service, Policy Manager at the Fundraising R...

As a former fundraiser, and as an MP, I know how important fundraising is

Susan Elan Jones, MP, writes following an Institute of Fundraising event in Parliament celebrating and showcasing examples of excellent fundraising.