Fundraising Preference Service – what it could mean for campaigners?

It would be easy to think that the ‘Fundraising Preference Service’ (FPS) isn’t something to worry about as a campaigner – not least when the Government is including anti-advocacy clause in its grant agreements. But while the focus of the FPS is about regulating fundraising communications, I think it’d be short sighted for campaigners in …

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Questions campaigners should ask regularly

Been challenging myself to ask more questions. Here are a few I think I should be asking more often. 1 – What does ‘success’ look like? A fundamental question to ask regularly. The answer should have both a specific and detailed response, as well as a reflection on what you want your campaign to achieve …

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Campaigners #Shelfie – 6 books that should be on your reading list.

I’m often asked for suggestions of books campaigners should read. I could list hundreds, but here are 6 that I’ve found particularly useful in the last year. I’d love your suggestions and additions. 1 – The Power of Habit – you might be groaning under the weight of books available from authors like Malcolm Gladwell or Nate …

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Learning from the Heathrow 3rd runway campaign

John Stewart spoke at the latest CASS Business School Charity Talk event. In a talk entitled ‘Campaigning with Effectiveness and Flair‘. John is Chief Exec of HACAN, the largest voluntary organisation dedicated to those campaigning on behalf of those affected by aircraft flight paths, and chair of Airport Watch, a broader coalition of organisations campaigning against the issue of airport expansion. In …

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Top tips for dealing with the media

Campaigners often have press officers and media teams to deal with enquiries from journalists, but that shouldn’t be used as an excuse for not learning more about what a journalist is looking for, or what might make a good story. This top tips paper from nfp Synergy which is full of quotes from its Charity …

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'Influencing the influentials' – excellent post by Duncan Green

Duncan Green has just posted insights from a recent research project that the Oxfam GB has run into ‘influencing the influentials’. I’d highly recommend reading it – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=186 Without the actual report we don’t get the detail it provides, but a few lists that might sheed some light on a couple of points that Green …

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How many actions do DFID get each year?

Using the Freedom of Information Act, I’ve found out the following about the number of campaign actions that DFID get each year. Total number of actions and delivery method Year    Postcards             E-mails               Letters          Petition signatures    Total 2007    34,215 (38%)    31,514 (35%)    4503 (5%)    19,808 (22%)              90,040 2008    42,796(40%)    41, 683(38%)    4049(4%)    19,612 (18%)                 108,140 Breakdown …

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Happy Birthday Liberty

Liberty, the civil liberties organisation is 75 this week, set up to champion the rights of ordinary people and hold the powerful to account, it has a long history of doing just that. In recent years, the organisation has never been far away from the headlines, as we’ve seen an erosion of our rights on …

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Maximising the impact of an open letter

This report, on a World Development Movement letter to Ed Miliband on the building of coal fired power stations in the Observer caught my eye today. Open letters to minister have long been a standard campaigning tactic, but few make it into the papers. So what have WDM done right? 1 – Given it a …

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