I had the pleasure of attending SOFII's 'I wish I'd thought of that' event last week. It is always a fantastic afternoon.
Great speakers. Amazing case studies. Fantastically organised (well done Open Creates). Plenty of emotion and a few laughs too.
Do check out the videos when they are on the SOFII website.
In the meantime, you can read about one of the ideas from last week. In my view it is one of the best executed direct marketing campaigns in the UK - Crisis at Christmas.
The start of the year always brings lots of great content that reflects on the previous year and looks forward to the opportunities ahead. Happy reading.
I'm starting off with a long read from the Stanford Social Innovation Review. It is a fascinating look at why many awareness campaigns fail to achieve any change in behaviour.
I've already seen lots in the sector press and blogs this year about the importance of diversity in our sector. This McKinsey report makes the business case for why diversity and inclusion is so crucial.
I really enjoyed Simon Scriver's TEDx talk on 'nuggets of love'. Simon talks about the power of random acts of kindness and shows how we can all make the world a little happier place.
It is always good to discover a new blog and I enjoyed the Sceptical Fundraiser's first post on crypto-currency and blockchain.
Donor Voice consider whether it hurts to ask for feedback.
The Fundraising is Awesome blog report on Mailchimp's latest research on the perfect email template.
Paul de Gregorio's 'Do something, anything' newsletter is well worth subscribing to. Without it I wouldn't have read this article on one of my favourite charities (and featured at #IWITOT ) - the ACLU and how they want to be the NRA of civil liberties in the USA.
The Agitator blog with some great facts and figures on matched giving.
Barbara Talisman on fundraising v fundcatching.
It is better to be marmite than mediocre says Nick Thomas on Charity Choice.
Agents for Good share a lovely gratitude report from Oregon Zoo.
On the theme of 'thank you', Erica Waasdorp describes the results of a (disappointing) mystery shopping exercise.
Before Christmas Joe Saxton at nfpSynergy wrote two thought provoking articles: Is fundraising f***ed? and the brighter, the future for fundraising is rich with opportunity. Ben Rymer shared some thoughts on the articles that are worth a look.
Jeff Brooks on not chasing your donors away.
Pamela Grow showcases another charity:water gem.
Michael Rosen reveals the secret you know, but do not know you know.
Justgiving share five virtual reality campaigns from 2017.
Finally, the start of the year always brings about a flood of predictions and thoughts for the year ahead. Here are five of my favourites:
- Ken Burnett's first blog of the year asks whether fundraiser's will persist in missing what matters most?
- Tobin Aldrich looks forward to a new fundraising year.
- Lucy Gower with one simple secret for success in 2018.
- Richard Turner asks what are you giving in 2018?
- Stephen George shares his manifesto for better leadership in 2018.