What they are saying
- So much opinion, but generally feeling is that donations will be hit, especially corporates, trusts & foundations later on and probably legacies
- Charities who invested in regular giving (monthly donations) and legacies are the safest
- Don't cut fundraising expenditure
- General feeling donor acquisition will be more expensive
- Be calm, don't panic
- I have two examples of charities who are cutting their fundraising expenditure budgets Please send me more examples. If you want to remain anonymous, just tell me.
- All the agencies and consultancies are rushing to do surveys about what people think. Please send me the summaries / links.
- Key thought leaders are pulling together 'emergency' sessions, like the one organised by Pareto Fundraising in Australia (details to come) and John Sauvee-Rodd on 4 November in London (sorry, it is full). Please send me details of any other such sessions.
And what is lacking
- Charity thought leadership - apart from Amanda Sellar and the INGOs at IFC I struggle to find stuff from non-agencies. Fair enough, it is our job as agencies, it is in the interests of our businesses, and we usually have access to the thoughts of multiple charities - but Please, charity people send me details / results / data. Again, I am happy to anonymise.
- Data, data, data. Tons of anecdotes. Steve says Canadian donations not down, Paula says USA donations down, UK Charity Commission says fundraising directors say income down - but no data. Please send data!