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Top Tips on How Much to Ask For

Teisha Archer,
12 August 2019

OK, so you have identified a major gift prospect. They are engaged. They love what you do. They are interested in supporting your campaign. You know who will ask. You know where and when that will happen. Just one question remains

How do you know how much to ask them for?

3 Ways To Know You Are Ready For A Major Fundraising Campaign

Teisha Archer,
12 August 2019

“Why don’t we just do a campaign and raise $50 million?”

True story, I once sat in a meeting when a member of the senior Executive made this statement. It was made like running a major campaign was the easiest thing in the world. Like $50 million would come to us just because we wanted it. 


The 'turn-on' of brand emotion

Darren Taylor,
05 August 2019

Does your brand harness the power of emotion?

Few businesses understand the power of emotion in branding. Emotions are the main reason consumers prefer brand-named products over generics and a key reason they prefer one brand over another. Emotions drive brand loyalty. And the foundation of emotional expression in a business is your core belief.


If your brand ‘tyres’ aren’t aligned, you’ll soon find yourself in a ditch.

Darren Taylor,
22 July 2019

Big, hairy, and audacious

Big, hairy, and audaciousMost organisations do not have a brand strategy. As a result they are not using their brand as a lever to engage and drive preference.


Brand values can be worth their weight in gold. Are yours?

Darren Taylor,
09 July 2019

Do you know your values?

Quick! Name your company’s values. 
A lot of organisations don’t even have values. They were created without leadership ever taking the time to articulate what they stood for.


What does your brand look like through your customers’ eyes?

Darren Taylor,
25 June 2019

The advantage of very small business

Very small businesses are great at customer engagement. They have to be because that’s the only way they can compete. They don’t have vast resources to buy stock at scale or hire lots of staff. A family restaurant may have only have one or two outside employees, a doctor may only have a nurse, bookkeeper and receptionist, and a freelance designer is probably completely on their own.


Is a poor value proposition holding your business back?

28 May 2019

A lot of organisations don't know what their value prop is. And sometimes when they do, it is inconsistently expressed by people in comms, or it's not a true reflection of their fundamental value to customers.A lot of organisations don't know what their value prop is. And sometimes when they do, it is inconsistently expressed by people in comms, or it's not a true reflection of their fundamental value to customers.


The pivotal role brand plays in attracting and keeping good people.

Darren Taylor,
28 April 2019

Bad bosses

Studies show that the number one reason people quit their job isn’t because of money but because of management. Specifically, their direct supervisor, whether that person is a manager, CEO, or owner.


10 Things That Will Disrupt Fundraising

Teisha Archer and Stephen Mally,
09 April 2019
Two of our Specialist Members came together to pen this feature about disruption in fundraising:
No One Entity Will Change the World

It has often been said the non-profit sector is the most caring. I think it can be said, equally, the non-profit sector is the most sharing. Fundraising colleagues share techniques and ideas, and the latest trends and benchmarks, with one another without hesitation. You wouldn’t see that level of sharing, voluntarily, in the airline, financial, legal, or other sectors.


What I learned at FIA Conference

Rachael Ingram,
26 March 2019

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

My Top 5 Learnings (and reminders!)

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