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My Top 5 Learnings (and reminders!)

Guest blogger - Rachel Ingram, Polio Australia,
25 March 2019

On Thursday 28 th February, I attended the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) Conference in Melbourne, thanks to The Xfactor Collective.


Corporates are from Mars, charities are from Venus

Linda Garnett and Sharon Dann. ,
25 March 2019

When you go on a first date, you’re trying to find things in common to talk about. Footy club, favourite food, music, mutual dislike of Justin Bieber; you’re trying to create affinity with your date and find things that you share.


Finding the perfect CRM for your non-profit organisation

Stephen Mally,
23 March 2019

A Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) solution is called many names in fundraising marketplace. A database, fundraising system, and, of course, a CRM. There are vast differences between a databaseor a fundraising systemand a CRM. Whereas a database or fundraising system simply stores data related to your non-profit organisation, university, or school, a CRM is process and workflow driven.


Top Tips to Finding Your Top Prospects

Teisha Archer,
21 March 2019

Often our best major gift prospects are hidden in plain sight. But how do you find them and prioritise your approaches?

My advice - always start closest to home. Take a look at your database, your organisation and your networks.


How to Choose a Third-Party Fundraising Vendor

John Bishop,
11 March 2019

As co-founder of PetRescue, I’ve been involved in all of the fundraising decisions since we launched over 14 years ago. We’ve done some things well, and some things badly, and I’ve learned a great deal along the way.


Top 12 Trends and Predictions for 2019

Julia Keady,
11 January 2019

Specialist consultants and coaches from The Xfactor Collective recently shared their predictions in Fundraising and Philanthropy Magazine (Dec/Jan edition). Check out what they see on the horizon.


Foundation Member Profile: Meet Leanne (or should we say Indiana Jones!)

Julia Keady,
05 November 2018

I first met Leanne Hart at a workshop in the first part of 2018. Listening to her across the table talk about her connection to social purpose and to change-makers warmed my heart. I instantly felt these words emerge in my head – 'heartsmart women and men – and that's the collective I wanted to build. Here's a few questions I posed to Leanne recently so you can get to know her ...


Perspective: Do we have to be sexy to win a corporate partner?

Linda Garnett and Sharon Dann,
12 October 2018

Let’s be honest, a pug isn’t the best-looking dog. It’s got a face that looks like it’s been hit with a brick, it wheezes like an asthmatic in a pollen storm and it won’t be qualifying for agility trials anytime soon. But clearly there are thousands of owners who see beyond its limitations and can’t wait to add a pug to the family home.  


Perspective: Control Freak or Confident Person?

Adam Blanch,
24 September 2018

“Dear Adam, I am a control freak. I have lists of my lists, plan everything I do, have five savings accounts for different potential problems, arrange my sock draw by size, colour and age and account for virtually every minute of my day. On the one hand, I achieve a lot, but I never relax and I’m never spontaneous. It drives other people mad and no matter how much control I have it is never enough to make me feel safe. I’m constantly imagining the worst about every situation, even to the point of mentally rehearsing for alien invasions. I know it’s not rational, and I want to stop, but if I don’t do it I feel incredibly anxious.”  


Perspective: Can we really make the world a Better Place

Adam Blanch,
12 September 2018

It seems we are meant to want to change the world. No longer just the purview of beauty queens giving vapid speeches about saving the children, now we are awash in exhortations to live a “life of purpose” and to “make a difference”. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that, but before we do this, I think we need to ask a few important questions. 

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