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Fundraiser’s Friend – August 2019

‘Fundraiser’s Friend’ is your source of ideas, news and comment by ChangeStar, shared with a community of hundreds of fundraisers and social changemakers. Sign up here if you’re not already receiving your free quarterly Fundraiser’s Friend by email, and join in! AUGUST 2019 ISSUE GOOD WORK! Review of an Oxfam supporter care letter One of … Continued

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Fundraising agencies: views from the outside and the inside!

Kath Blaize-Smith is an Account Director at ChangeStar fundraising agency. She has an interesting insight into the work of fundraising agencies, as she was on the ‘client-side’ as Senior Marketing Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support and now works ‘agency-side’ for us! In this Q and A, she shares her insight: I have 10 years’ experience … Continued

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Project lead wanted!

We will soon be launching a very exciting new agency offshoot, which aims to create things that will make the world better – from communications to new organisations. We are seeking an experienced, driven, entrepreneurial Project Lead to drive the development of our first project – a national organisation to promote media literacy and critical … Continued

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Get agency help without agency prices

The launch of ChangeStar Express At ChangeStar, we speak to lots of charities that are just starting to build individual giving programmes or whose current programmes are too small to make it viable to use an external agency or consultant. We know that our input could make a massive difference to these charities, so we’ve been … Continued

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Could you be our new Chief Executive?

Charismatic leader and communicator sought to drive one of the UK’s top performing charity agencies forward to a new level.   Our plans for the future ChangeStar is a fundraising and social change agency helping good causes to connect with people to do good things. For over a decade, we’ve been helping clients achieve some … Continued

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Social hack 1 – Safer roads for all

There are many social issues in the world that need attention, and that can affect the lives of certain people in significant ways. Some of these problems might lie beyond the remit of existing charities and institutions, whereas other problems might have solutions that simply haven’t yet been dreamt up yet. In #socialhacks, this new … Continued

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Fundraisers – what does your charity actually do?

Last week I ran a very interesting and enjoyable* workshop for a wonderful non-profit organisation whose work I have long supported and admired. The aim of the workshop was to show the charity how to write better direct response appeals – whether these are asking for money or encouraging people to take part in a campaign, … Continued

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Reflections on legacy fundraising

A couple of weeks ago, we ran a ‘legacies week’ at ChangeStar – the first in a series of specially-themed weeks throughout the year in which we aim to share our knowledge and success on issues that are of real practical interest to fundraisers – from recruitment to donor appeals to converting more cash donors to … Continued

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Welcome, Kate!

We’re delighted to welcome Kate Wright to ChangeStar, who starts this week as our new Account Director. Kate has tons of communications experience – including direct mail, social media, branding, digital media, advertising, media buying and print production – and loads of charity experience, including Whizz-Kidz, RNID, ChildLine, The Terence Higgins Trust, the British Red … Continued

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Campfires and cake!

Delicious cakes, meetings held in the countryside, consultancy sessions in the pub – oh, and some of the most useful and practical fundraising training you can get your hands on. We’re delighted to offer our new brochure of training, coaching and services to help individuals and organisations (large and small) improve their effectiveness.   As you’ll … Continued

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