4 Tips for a Successful Major Donor Event.

14 March 2024

Working to plan a major donor event can take LOT’s of time, effort, resource and energy.  So read on to get  4  approaches to help…

Setting your major donor fundraising targets

17 January 2024

Are you finalising your budgets at the moment? Did your charity miss their major donor target last year? Here are 5 top tips to having more confidence in your major donor budget.

Phoning Major Donors

8 November 2023

Have you ever felt nervous about phoning donors? You psych yourself up, pick up your mobile, and you call that major donor or potential major…

Major Donor Fundraising Books

2 August 2023

I’m often asked by fundraisers and charity leaders which major donor fundraising books they should read. I haven’t (yet!) written one myself but am constantly reading and learning. And I’ve learnt just as much about major donor fundraising and philanthropy from “non-fundraising” books – major donor fundraising links hugely to psychology, wellbeing, human decision making and relationships.

Back to Major Donor Fundraising Basics this Summer

31 July 2023

July and August are often viewed as a “quiet” time in major donor fundraising in the UK & Europe. Many high-net-worth individuals are away at…

The importance of thanking in major donor fundraising

7 July 2023

One thank you to that major donor is great. But surely we shouldn’t be too over the top about thanking should we? Read on for…

Who are major donors for your charity?

29 June 2023

Have you got your eye on those individuals on the Sunday Times Rich List? If your charity is serious about its major donor fundraising please ignore it

The Challenges of Management in Major Donor Fundraising!

30 May 2023

I’ve had some difficult situations both line managing and reporting upwards in major donor fundraising. Many fundraisers I work with don’t feel supported by their…

6 Tips to reclaim time for your major donor fundraising

27 April 2023

We’re often told to look after ourselves, to make sure we don’t work too late, to get the “right” balance. But it’s easy to finish…

Major donor fundraising and working with your trustees

24 March 2023

Trustees can be critical to major donor fundraising success. But it can be easy to feel frustrated that your trustees “don’t get” major donor fundraising…

5 ways to kick start your major donor fundraising this year.

24 January 2023

Want to improve and develop your major donor fundraising this year? Bad news – I don’t have a magic wand or a quick fix for…

Recruiting to major donor fundraising roles

10 November 2022

Struggling to recruit a major donor fundraiser or philanthropy lead? You’re not alone. It’s one of the most common challenges for charities large and small….

Who are your major donors?

27 October 2022

Who are your major donors and should you “follow the bling”? I was in a major donor training session about 15 years ago when I…

What is major donor fundraising?

1 September 2022

There are numerous technical definitions of major donor fundraising but at it’s essence, major donor fundraising is an income stream that is based on excellent,…

Why Major Donor Fundraising?

16 August 2022

Why should your charity do major donor fundraising?

Refocus your major donor fundraising.

9 June 2022

Major donor fundraising isn’t about that one big gift. It’s about all the small steps along the way that build great relationships. Those small steps…

Major donor fundraising and the “Big Ask”

17 January 2022

Over 15 years, I’ve found two mindsets particularly helpful for fundraisers and charity leaders to ask for large gifts and raise more. “The really difficult…

Meeting a major donor – transform your approach

14 January 2022

Here’s one simple approach that can transform your meetings with a current or potential major donor, and increase your chances of a large gift. So…

5 Tips to make the most of virtual major donor meetings

9 December 2021

Whether there are pandemic restrictions or not, virtual meetings open up a great opportunity for your charity to connect with potential donors wherever they are…

Major donor fundraising meetings – when things don’t go to plan

9 September 2021

I spend a lot of time giving people confidence in their major donor fundraising: confidence to have that conversation, to meet with an existing or…

Diversity and anti-racism in major donor fundraising

21 April 2021

This is an uncomfortable blog for me to write. And it should be. Since #Blacklivesmatter I’ve become more consciously aware of my white privilege and…

Let’s prioritise ‘the how’ over ‘the what’ with major donor fundraising

2 March 2021

My appraisal as a 22-year-old & raising large gifts – what I’ve learnt If you work in major donor fundraising, or you manage someone who…

What major donor fundraisers can learn from corporate partnership managers

10 February 2021

To cross the divide between disciplines, Andy King has shared his top three lessons that major donor fundraisers can learn from people working in corporate partnerships

LaLa Land and Major Donors!

22 September 2020

This is a guest blog from Rory Traynor, Capital Campaign Manager at Ayrshire Hospice. Thank you Rory! Recently, I found myself arriving for a meeting…

Are your major donors ‘Zoomed out’?

10 September 2020

Events can play a huge role in major donor fundraising: thanking, attracting new donors, building relationships. They can inspire and connect high-net-worth individuals to those…

4 ways you could raise more large gifts & meet your target

2 September 2020

I had the best Monday morning when I found out that a CEO I’ve been working with secured £200k of pledges! In 5 days! The…

Prioritise! How to use the L-I-A model

17 June 2020

Some of the most common challenges I hear when I work on major donor fundraising with fundraisers and leaders are: “We have a list of…

Much has changed but much has stayed the same

2 June 2020

Coronavirus has changed our lives more than we could have imagined. In the conversations I’ve had with major gift fundraisers, Chief Executives, and Directors of…

Don’t make the same mistake as Dominic Cummings with your key donors

26 May 2020

All of the coverage of Dominic Cummings got me thinking about the third sector – as charities when things haven’t gone quite to plan with projects, when we’ve made mistakes, we’ve often thought how we can spin the truth with our donors. And no wonder.

Are you in a post covid-19 mindset yet?

30 April 2020

If you’re in that place where you’re starting to think of a post-Covid world, make sure high-net -worth individuals and major donor fundraising is part of that. Can you afford not to?

A call to show you care

23 March 2020

Surely you shouldn’t call your major donors and potential major donors now of all times. They’ve got other things to think about haven’t they?

Expert, donor, global- different views for your major gift fundraising

19 February 2020

The Pride flag flying high, some seriously blustery weather and a beautiful lake view accompanied a great fundraising discussion with my friend, Henry Shelford, Head…

Putting yourself in their shoes

28 January 2020

One question that I pondered from the 2020 Institute of Fundraising major donor conference was “How often do we truly put ourselves in our major donor’s shoes?”

“What’s in a name?”

4 November 2019

Maybe more than you think when it comes to major gifts! So what should we call our fundraising roles?