11 take-aways from the Fundraising Summer School

Damian O'Broin and his Ask Direct team have done it again. For the 3rd year in a row they’ve managed to produce a high quality, content-rich, inspiring conference on the historic grounds of Trinity College in Dublin. The Fundraising Summer School was simply terrific. And we got value for money. A two-day diverse and insightful program with an awesome line-up of speakers. You should have been there...

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#NazisAgainstNazis - Germany's most involuntary charity walk

On 15 November 2014, neo-Nazis walked through the streets of Wunsiedel. It was impossible to stop them - but Exit-Deutschland could make them walk for something meaningful: and that is how for the first time a right-wing memorial march became a charity walk - without knowing of the participants. For every meter they walked, €10 went to EXIT-Deutschland - a Nazi opt-out programme. The result: €10.000 and lots of surprised right-wing extremists... 

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TED Talk: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

This post shares the amazing TED Talk from Dan Pallotta. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it… It’s one of those must see videos!

The TED website writes: “Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.

Please watch the TED Talk video right here, right now! Or read the full transcript below. And after you’ve seen it, share it with your colleagues, your directors and your board…

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Save a life. Text a coffin away.

Since people tend to close their eyes and ears when they see or hear about starving children, MSF Sweden wanted to do  something different. During one week over 1300 child coffins were spread around Stockholm. They were placed both in obvious and on unexpected places. Every coffin had the message "Save a life, text a coffin away". The effect of seeing a child coffin in your everyday environment was immediate. The PR and the monetary goals were reached within two hours. As people donated money with their cell phones, the coffins were removed from the streets one by one. The people of Stockholm could literally see that they were saving lives.

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