Just Giving Facebook Gifts

Howard Lake tweeted a link to this today…I like this. Just Giving are allowing you buy facebook badges and either put them on your profile or donate them to a friends profile. They are cheap and I think are a cool way for people to show publicly their support for a cause. I wonder could they offer these badges to people who donate to someones event page on Just Giving too? Would love to know how successful it has been?

What do you think (click on the picture to go to the facebook page)

Training: Strategic Planning Tools for Fundraising

Ask Direct are running another training session for Fundraisers in Ireland and this one is around Strategic Planning:

If you would like to improve your fundraising and planning skills, then you should attend our Strategic Planning Tools for Fundraising course, which is run in partnership with the Management Centre (=mc). This intensive programme will enable you to use a range of strategic tools to create your fundraising plans with confidence.

On this challenging and interactive day, you’ll learn to:

  • understand all the key strategic tools available for developing or improving income, and how to use them appropriately and effectively in fundraising
  • explore a range of strategic models and how they can be used to tackle different fundraising challenges
  • learn how to reframe and stretch your existing fundraising strategy using the latest tools and approaches

This programme is drawn from The Management Centre’s practical consulting work with some of the UK’s largest and most successful charities such as CRUK, Oxfam, NSPCC, NCH, and UNICEF.

Event Details

The course will take place on Thursday 30 September, in the Morrison Hotel in Dublin. It’s delivered by Eibhlín Morley, a Fundraising and Management Consultant with The Management Centre. To read Eibhlín’s biography justclick here.

The cost for this one-day intensive programme is €285 per person. Lunch and refreshments are also included. To book your place please email us, or phone us on 01 524 2440.

Tap N Give

I often get asked do I think people will donate through their iPhone….and to be honest Im really not sure. Would I download an application so I could donate to charity. I think I’m yet to be convinced. Tap N Give were in touch and think they have an application that will work, they say its “an innovative iPhone and iPod Touch application that makes it easy to instantly donate to charities that are making a positive impact. Currently Tap-n-Give features four charities that are working diligently to make a difference”

Here are some screen grabs that show how it all works. I think the fact that you have to pay for the application is a major flaw, and Im still to be convinced if someone would want a donation application on their phone. What do you think?

Changes to Twitter

Last night Twitter announced changes and improvements to their site. Here (from the Twitter Blog) are the changes they are bringing about in the coming weeks:

Today, we’re introducing a new, re-engineered Twitter.com that provides an easier, faster, and richer experience.

On the site, you’ll see the familiar timeline, yet underneath each Tweet is a handful of information, deeper context and even embedded media. Simply click on an individual Tweet and a details pane slides out on the right and reveals this content.

You can find out more about the enhancements on this information page. Here are some highlights:

  • New design. The site has a cleaner timeline and a rich details pane that instantly adds more impact to individual Tweets while still maintaining the simplicity of the timeline. And, experience infinite scroll — you no longer have to click “more” to view additional Tweets.
  • Media. Now, it’s easy to see embedded photos and videos directly on Twitter, thanks to partnerships with DailyBooth, DeviantART, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, TwitVid, USTREAM, Vimeo, yfrog, and YouTube.
  • Related content. When you click a Tweet, the details pane shows additional information related to the author or subject. Depending on the Tweet’s content, you may see: replies, other Tweets by that user, a map of where a geotagged Tweet was sent from, and more.
  • Mini profiles. Click a username to see a mini profile without navigating from the page, which provides quick access to account information, including bio and recent Tweets.

These changes will roll out as a preview over the next several weeks starting with a very small percentage of registered accounts tonight. During the preview, you’ll be able to switch back and forth so you have time to grow accustomed to the way things work. Eventually, everyone will have the updated version of Twitter.com

Here is a video (skip in about a minute) that shows the what it will look like:

F**K Cancer

Peter Connor from Green Apple Media sent me this link the other day. It reminded me of the B**locks to Poverty stuff Action Aid are doing or Blame Drews Cancer and seems to represent a bit of a trend in edgier campaigns being run by organisations. Like B**locks to poverty F**K Cancer is trying to make people stop and take notice of the cause.

This particular campaign wants you to donate your wall posts in F-tember (September). You can decide how often you

will donate your posts (daily, weekly). I donated my posts but actually found that people didnt know that it was a donated post (I think it should have said Post donated to F-Temeber…then the content).

I like the look and feel of the campaign and the site is clever, it would have been great when I uploaded my picture if I could have automatically uploaded to my facebook and twitter profiles (instead I had to save it and upload it).

Of course this not going to be something for everyone, it would make a lot of boards uncomfortable, but lets face it cancer is emotive, cancer is something you want to say F* off too, so I think it works.

Here’s an article from Mashable about the campaign and a link to the campaign itself

Great Picture of the Week

Action Aid posted this on twitter on Tuesday and i thought it was a great example of impact.

Charity Shop

I was sitting outside a retail shop yesterday (it was a carphone warehouse) and I began to wonder what the shop would look like if it was selling charity donations?

I began to think that it would be a wonderful experiment to set up a display shop, like earphone warehouse, where people could go in and browse and choose a charity they would like to support.

There would be pay as you go options (one off donations) and bill pay (regular monthly donations). The staff would be able to help customers choose which charity they would like to support as they browse the shop, asking them questions like “what are you looking to get out of your charity?”

Every charity would have the same small display space, so you would have to make noise in a busy space pretty quickly and be able to stand out, that would surely be a challenge.

As I write this I am wondering will you think “Conor has finally lost the plot!” well I hope not. I do think this would be a really interesting experiment that could work in areas of high footfall, especially at a “typically” big time for charities, like Christmas. There are, unfortunately, lots of shops in these areas vacant and if one of these spaces was donated for a couple of months, kitted out and staffed properly, perhaps organised by an umbrella body or interested group of charities, it could work.

Think too about the insight you could get from the experiment, even if your charity doesn’t get a lot of donations, you may learn some insights into why that is, test different things, and see what works.