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Podcast Ep 7 – how to seek Remain – with Mike Buckley

  Richard’s guest in the latest episode of his podcast ‘Making the world better’ is Mike Buckley. Mike is a political campaigner who has been seeking social and political change for many years, most recently as head of the ‘Labour for a public vote’ campaign. Richard got to know Mike after ChangeStar’s social change consultancy … Continued

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Why fundraisers should follow their hearts – and not just the rules

Fundraisers love rules. Throughout most of our careers, we are told to analyse the statistics, follow the evidence and learn the right techniques. But to be a great fundraiser, following the rules is not enough. There is some great fundraising literature out there, and most effective fundraisers will have learnt a range of principles and … Continued

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New podcast episode – how self affirmation can change our behaviour

Our director Richard has launched episode 3 of his podcast series today – and it’s a particularly interesting one – whether you’re someone involved in seeking social or political change, or just curious about the world! Richard’s conversation in this episode is with Peter Harris, who is a professor of Psychology at the University of Sussex. … Continued

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New podcast – Making the world better

                    We’re very excited to announce that ‘Making the world better’, the new #podcast from our director, Richard Docwra, is now live! In the podcast, Richard talks to people who are making the world better – not just those tackling big issues at a global scale … Continued

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New podcast coming soon!

                    We’re very excited to announce that our director, Richard Docwra, will be launching a new #podcast net week, called ‘Making the world better’! In the podcast, Richard talks to people who are making the world better – not just those tackling big issues at a … Continued

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How to vote on Thursday

  You may think that a business shouldn’t make political statements. But the aim of our business is to seek positive social change – so politics is what we’re about. We could write a much longer piece on this, but for the sake of brevity, here is our simple point. Nearly all of the causes … 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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Christmas appeals – unwrapped

For many charities, the Christmas mailing to supporters is the most successful, and therefore the most important, fundraising appeal of the year. As a result, there can be a sense of pressure on fundraisers to ensure that the Christmas appeal is a real success. This article examines an award-winning Christmas appeal by ChangeStar in detail … Continued

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Fundraiser’s Friend – how to create warmth from GDPR

Just like our charity clients, we’re getting our house in order in preparation for GDPR in May 2018, and need to write to all our contacts to make sure they want to continue hearing from us. But we want to offer some value to fundraisers, in exchange for allowing us to contact you. We’ve therefore … Continued

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The art of protest – 5 of the best protest banners

Protests can be made much more powerful by strong slogans and memorable banners. Here are a few of the best – and funniest – we’ve seen in recent years. Some contain a bit of fruity language – but that’s kind of the point! Send us some of your own favourites – at info@changestar.co.uk – and … Continued

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