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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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Account Executive wanted!

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 of the best fundraising and campaigning results in the sector. Who we are seeking We are a busy and growing agency, and are seeking a talented, … Continued

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Read or reject? How design transforms fundraising DM success

At ChangeStar, we create Fundraising DM: Direct Marketing appeals for charities. In this blog, we look at how good design techniques can transform the success of your fundraising DM appeal. We look inside the mind of a warm supporter, and acknowledge the initial negative thoughts that may pop up when they first glance at a … Continued

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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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What is Individual Giving?

Individual Giving is a person giving a charity a gift of money. The gift to charity could be one or more of the following: A cash donation* A regular Direct Debit donation A gift in their Will – also called Legacy Giving Purchase of raffle or lottery tickets A donation through payroll Sometimes, the money … Continued

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How to find good case studies for fundraising

Most fundraisers know that telling stories is fundamental to the success of their charity fundraising campaigns. Good case studies for fundraising are really stories. But how can you get hold of these stories? I’m Director of the fundraising agency ChangeStar. In my experience on both client and agency side, one of the great challenges for … 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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