Sustained Giving seems to be doing ok

I still hear from organisations that their monthly donors continue to drop off and cancel. Two recent articles from Professional Fundraising and Philanthropy UK seem to suggest across the sector that is the trend but people are still signing up to help non profits:

The Association of Payroll Giving Organisations reports that the number of employees signing up to payroll giving schemes has fallen only slightly.

Figures from APGO’s five member professional fundraising organisations show that 60,366 employees signed up to a payroll giving scheme in the 2008/09 financial year, compared with 60,942 in 2007/08.

Source: Philanthropy UK

The number of direct debit donors has increased significantly, but so too has the number of donors defaulting on their commitments, according to new figures.

Direct debit donor levels are 600,000 higher than 2007, according to figures from automated payment processor Bacs Payment Schemes, which has labelled reports which claim direct debit cancellations are on the rise as “misleading”.

Source: Professional Fundraising Magazine

Some great advice from Michael Chambers, Bacs managing director,  who suggests charities should offer their donors more flexible payment dates.

Running out of Charity

That was the headline in the Irish Times today where the author goes on to quote numerous heads of fundraising about how bad things are. I think Tim O’Dea came across as being most balanced.

What frustrates me about this is overall its not balanced its all about doom and gloom and I genuinely dont think it helps us to be fueling this fire. As for the title! Give me a break.

Read it here, if you like.

Operations Manager – Chernobyl Children’s Project International

Thought this might be of interest. Based in Cork, Ireland. Here is the blurb:

CCPI (Chernobyl Children’s project International) is a not for profit organisation (NGO) founded by Adi Roche in 1991.  CCPI raises funds to support its core projects in Belarus, Ukraine and Western Russia. We co-ordinate several projects such as Medical, Building, Rest & Recuperation, Community Care, Hospice and Deinstitutionalisation. CCPI has two offices; one in Cork with ten staff and one in Minsk, Belarus with eight staff. We also have a volunteer led office in Washington, USA.

We are currently seeking to recruit an experienced Operations Manager. The post holder will work closely with and report to the Chief Executive Officer

If you are interested contact the recruitment firm and ask for Sheila Hurley, + 353 (21) 48 09 11 8  or email

Simple Acts



I was sent an email about this from Refugee Week and I really like it. Its not a fundraising campaign but then again everything doesnt have to be!

The idea is simple  people are invited not to raise funds, or make huge gestures, but to choose from 20 Simple Acts such as cooking a dish from a foreign country or watching a movie with/about refugees, which brings them closer to refugees.

Every Simple Act –will be contributed to on an online total at Refugee so people can see what a big impact they are making collectively.

What I like about this is its a really clever way to make you connect with the organisation. I really like to cook so when I saw the idea of cooking a dish from a foreign country I thought, well I cook anyway, so why not.

Great name too. Simple Acts

Refugee Week is from 15 – 21 June. Sign up for your Simple Act Today

A Bumper Month

online giving site reports that May was its most successful month for fundraising. EVER!

Yes since they started three years ago this May (the one with the recession) was the best they saw. I know there are factors such as being more widely used etc…But still, isnt that some good news?

€298,185 was raised for charities in April. 6753 people donated an average of €44 each to reach this figure and the largest donation was €2000. 776 fundraisers created fundraising pages for their chosen charity.

May was the biggest month for since records began 3 years ago!

Keep it simple

I sometimes get frustrated when I see things being overcomplicated. Simple is beautiful! This video is a reminder of that. Thanks Paul for showing it to me, hope I didnt steal your thunder by posting it!

What Donors Want?

After a successful weekend of fundraising and then reading Damian’s post here about his recent successes (donor mailing up 42%) I am even more convinced now that if you give donors what they want you will be successful.

I am not saying I have a new magical piece of information here. I think thats the thing, there is no magical solution. The reality is everyone doesnt want to give to your cause. Your target market isnt everyone. 

So know who you are targeting. Then do the small things well.  Give people a really good reason to give and a really good reason why they should give now, you will be successful.