SVP Annual Appeal

I really like this years TV ad for the St Vincent de Paul and the Christmas appeal page on their site is good (although could be easier to find from the home page). I like the Giving Tree idea too. Could be something to nominate for the Christmas Campaign of 2010?

Nominations for Best Christmas Campaign 2010

Im a bit late this year with this, but think it was quite an interesting exercise last year. So I would love you to nominate your best Christmas Campaign for 2010. It can be

  • a campaign you have seen and really like,
  • your own charities campaign
  • something you wish you had done
  • a marketing campaign
  • a tv or radio ad
  • anything at all really!

This year what I would like to do is compile as many nominations as possible and then create a shortlist and ask people to vote on that short list. So if you have a campaign you want to nominate please email me

tell me about the campaign (maybe link me to more information, send me a version of the campaign). I will close off nominations on December 9th, so get nominating

And now for something festive!


Become a Mentor

The fundraising profession is developing in Ireland. It is great to see more and more people come to the sector and for it to become a career path for people.

I remember when I started off in Fundraising, I didnt have a clue what to expect. I was lucky to be surrounded by people who had been in the sector for a while and who guided me. The sector has changed since then but the need for guidance for new entrants is still there.

This is where I am hoping you can come in.

Lots of new fundraisers are looking for mentors. Someone who will sit with them for just a few hours, once a month. Someone who will talk to them and guide them.  Lots of people in Ireland who read this blog have been in the sector for some time now, and would be perfectly suited to this role.

Yes I know you are busier now than you have ever been. But by helping bring through and mentor new talent you will be helping to make the sector stronger. You can also learn from it yourself!! As you well know meeting and talking to people is a great way to broaden your horizons and develop your own thinking, so there are certainly personal benefits to this.

As a mentor you could:

  • encourage mentees to stay motivated and focused on their professional development
  • help mentees to overcome daily challenges
  • offer mentees opportunities to consider new career paths and to acquire economic skills and knowledge that they will require to progress their careers.

This is about the future of our industry. By agreeing to be a mentor you further committing to that future.

If you can spare just a few hours once a month, please contact Ed in Fundraising Ireland;


I’ve been meaning to post about Fastival for a while, since I heard the first ads for it. What is Fastival, well it is an add-on to the traditional Concern 24 hours Fast.

While you’re fasting for Concern, we thought the least we can do is to provide you with some entertainment to make the hours fly by. So, to help you celebrate this great cause with other fasters, we’ve organised loads of events across the country.

I think that Concern have really raised the bar with this one. They aren’t just offering free stuff to their ‘fasters’, if they did I don’t think it would work for them, instead they are offering to support them. They are recognising that fasting for 24 hours is hard and Im guessing that they have done a good bit of digging into the profiles of their ‘fasters’ and have recognised that this kind of support will be something they would like. (I wonder did they even do focus groups to find out?).

Red Cross (USA) holiday giving

Last week the Red Cross (USA) released survey results today about Holiday Giving.  They found that:

while the economy is still difficult for many people this year, the majority of you still expect to maintain strong levels of charitable giving.

  • Eighty six percent (86%) of you say your personal finances are the same or worse than last year.
  • Nearly three out of four (72%) of you will be donating more or about the same to charity this holiday season as they did last year.
  • Nearly six in ten (58%) feel that because of the economy, it’s more important this year to give something to charity.
  • Perhaps more fascinating is that you are not too sure about giving socially

Original post by Wendy Harman

To Russia With Love

This is a really great charity, they do some amazing work in really tough conditions. They have a massive impact on the lives of the children they help. Im a big fan. I like how they have used the Russian Dolls in this short video, very clever.

Win a Thank You Book

I posted about the Thank you book when it launched a few weeks ago. (take a look here)

I was just contacted by their agency offering to give away a book to a reader of this blog. So if you would like a copy just watch the short video below and let me know Who had the idea for the thank you project (its in the first few seconds of this video!)

And I will randomly pick a winner and get the book sent to you (here is a link to the book site )