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Caroline Notman St. Aloysius

Fundraising Adventures – Arts to Education

Guest blog: Caroline Notman, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, St. Aloysius’ College The National Arts Fundraising School will be in it’s 30th year come 2018, having trained over 1,300 fundraisers helping them to raise £300M+ for their organisations. One of the most rewarding parts of running the School is hearing from past Alumni, how […]

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What skills do I need to be a good project manager?

In this blog =mc‘s Director Laura Slater shares practical tips on how to become an outstanding project manager, and introduces the highly effective =mc Systems Model. What skills do I need to be a good project manager?

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Social styles Big Idea

Do you need to influence someone? Get on the same page

What’s the Big Idea? If you want to have a good relationship with your colleagues, managers and leaders at work, the best thing to do is to perform your job well. But there will be times when you need to actively influence someone – to get help or resources, to get buy-in for your ideas, […]

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Legacy Foresight

Legacies: an untapped income stream for UK arts organisations?

In this guest blog, Meg Abdy, Director at Legacy Foresight shares insights on legacy fundraising for arts organisations.  Legacy Foresight and Arts Quarter LLP recently teamed up to research legacy fundraising in the UK arts community, building on previous surveys in 2010 and 2012. We looked to explore current levels of investment in legacy fundraising – both […]

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So you think you’re clever? Three things you can learn from email scammers

As fundraisers we often think we’re very clever – using sophisticated techniques from marketing, from neuroscience and from psychology to share and organise our powerful and engaging messages. When we’re feeling down about our low response rates – clearly the failing of our unsophisticated audience – we can always go into our spam folders to […]

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Valentine’s Day? Donor love? Be over it…!

=mc Director Bernard Ross blogs on which charities are deserving all the love, and which are pushing donors away this Valentine’s Day. I hate Valentine’s Day. I mean I can live with the schmaltzy overpriced commercial nonsense: genetically modified, scentless roses at £5 a stem, cards that range from diabetes-causing sweetness to jaw-dropping crudeness, and opportunities to […]

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Need an energy boost? Check your batteries

Do you feel like you aren’t working at full power? Then take these two steps to boost your energy… 1. Get focus To boost your energy you need to focus on the right things for you. One way to think about this is to consider whether you are working at full power in each of […]

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Whose job is it anyway?

Whose job is it anyway? Accountability in learning

Just who is responsible for learning in organisations, and for learning transfer after training programmes? Yvette Gyles, =mc Assistant Director, explores the role of accountability in learning.  Many of our customers ask us to ensure the training we deliver encourages personal responsibility for learning – but exactly what they mean by that is not always clear. Learning […]

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The Coaching Approach to Leadership

You step up – I’ll step back: the coaching approach to becoming a leader

=mc Director Laura Slater blogs on a the benefits of using the ‘coach approach’ with your teams. Here at =mc we know that stepping into leadership is a big deal. As you become more senior in an organisation, an exciting aspect of moving up is being able to actually set the direction for your team or department […]

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Presentation Skills 101

Presentation skills 101 – feel the fear and do it anyway

In September 2016 Ruth Jobling, Research Advisor at The Brooke, was a participant at their bespoke introductory day on Presentation Skills, run by =mc. For Ruth it was very much ‘just in time’ training – she was booked to put her learning into practise in front of a large audience at an international conference the following […]

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5 ways to stay calm

5 ways to stay calm and carry on

Bad day? How to control your responses, and not let your emotions control you. We’ve all had bad days – and bad interactions with other people. You know the ones – where you feel the prickle of anger or upset, surges of frustration or even crushing levels of disappointment. These sometimes overwhelming feelings are the […]

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Cinema For All

A journey through film and fundraising

This guest blog is written by National Arts Fundraising School Alumna Deborah Parker, Chief Executive Officer at Cinema For All. We caught up with Deborah at a recent Alumni event and asked her to share her story since attending the School seven years ago: In 2009 I was working for one of the old Regional Screen Agencies in Manchester […]

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what type of procrastinator are you

What type of procrastinator are you?

We all procrastinate on occasion. But do you ever miss a deadline because you put things off for just a bit too long? Or delay starting on something and then have to rush to get it done, compromising on quality? Or miss an opportunity because you didn’t act earlier? If any of this sounds like […]

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The Management Centre

Change and the leadership challenge in housing

Social housing needs skilled managers and strong leadership to lead others through change and protect its social purpose. Housing associations have a core social purpose – to support those in need, ensuring strong communities and to do so in a way that empowers individuals to lead healthy, happy, and secure lives. However, we know from […]

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Where to focus in arts fundraising: Start, Stop, Consider

Last month 29 arts and culture fundraisers came together for the intensive, immersive – and hugely enjoyable – experience that is the National Arts Fundraising School. Three days into the 6-day programme, we asked them to reflect on three clusters of action: things they wanted to start doing things they wanted to stop doing things they wanted to consider further We’ve […]

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10 ways to increase donations through your website

Behavioural Economics is changing our understanding of how people make decisions. While we like to think we are rationale, considered beings, the majority of our daily decisions are made quickly and often irrationally. This has huge implications for us as fundraisers, not least in the way we engage with donors making ‘impulse’ or ‘spur of the […]

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5 energisers for team meetings and away days

In the blog below, Learning & Development Consultant Philly Graham shares 5 practical energisers to help bring teams together. Before you read on… if you’re fed up of enforced fun with no clear output from your standard summer away-day we want to hear from you. =mc‘s tailor made away-days for teams are more fun, more […]

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The MENA Blogs Part 1 – Better Together?

This blog post is the first in a series of posts from =mc’s Senior Associate Consultant Laurence Brady, who is currently undertaking an exciting piece of fundraising work in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time on the project, Laurence will be writing regular blog posts in a series called ‘The MENA Blogs’. […]

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The MENA Blogs Part 2 – Birds of the Revolution

This blog post is the second in a series of posts from =mc’s Senior Associate Consultant Laurence Brady, who is currently undertaking an exciting piece of fundraising work in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time on the project, Laurence will be writing regular blog posts in a series called ‘The MENA Blogs’. […]

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The MENA Blogs Part 3 – The Sunflower of Beirut

 The Sunflower of Beirut Close to the Palestinian city camps and the Hezbollah district in Beirut is an area called Tayouneh. Here, many building still bear the scars and holes of the Lebanese civil war. In the heart of the community is The Sunflower Theatre, home to SHAMS, a name which means ‘Youth, Theatre, and […]

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How do we Secure Unrestricted Income to Deliver on our Mission?

Today Wednesday (18th) The Management Centre will be hosting a thought leadership event in Geneva with a number of senior INGO and UN agency leaders to address the question: How do we secure unrestricted income to deliver on our mission? Among the agencies represented will be The Global Fund, UNICEF, UNHCR, WWF, International Diabetes Federation […]

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5 Top Tips From a Fundraising Fellow

This November we were pleased to have the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellows on our National Arts Fundraising School programme. The Fellowship is the first of its kind in the UK, and hopes to create the next generation of leading Development Directors with an entrepreneurial expertise, to make a significant difference to the arts fundraising […]

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The MENA Blogs Part 4 – Driving Lessons in Lebanon

This blog post is the fourth in a series of posts from =mc’s Senior Associate Consultant Laurence Brady, who is currently undertaking an exciting piece of fundraising work in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time on the project, Laurence will be writing regular blog posts in a series called ‘The MENA Blogs’. […]

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The MENA Blogs Part 5 – The King’s Speech

This blog post is the Fifth in a series of posts from =mc’s Senior Associate Consultant Laurence Brady, who is currently undertaking an exciting piece of fundraising work in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time on the project, Laurence will be writing regular blog posts in a series called ‘The MENA Blogs’. […]

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The MENA Blogs Part 6 – Instructions for the Crossing

This blog post is the sixth in a series of posts from =mc’s Senior Associate Consultant Laurence Brady, who is currently undertaking an exciting piece of fundraising work in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time on the project, Laurence will be writing regular blog posts in a series called ‘The MENA Blogs’. […]

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Action Learning Sets: making behaviour change stick

How often do you send your staff on training programmes only to discover that down the line, nothing really seems to have improved or changed, either in skill, practice or results? While you might be able to claim back the money for the course – you’ll never be able to get back the two or […]

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The MENA Blogs Part 7 – If

This blog post is the seventh in a series of posts from =mc’s Senior Associate Consultant Laurence Brady, who is currently undertaking an exciting piece of fundraising work in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time on the project, Laurence will be writing regular blog posts in a series called ‘The MENA Blogs’. […]

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The MENA Blogs Part 8 – The view from the citadel

This blog post is the eighth in a series of posts from =mc’s Senior Associate Consultant Laurence Brady, who is currently undertaking an exciting piece of fundraising work in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time on the project, Laurence will be writing regular blog posts in a series called ‘The MENA Blogs’. […]

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12 Books for Non-profit Managers

12 Books for Non-profit Managers We take a look at 12 books recommended by =mc as being thought pieces, influencers and guides for non-profit managers and emerging managers. Add to the list by leaving us a comment. 1. Managing at the Leading Edge by Mike Hudson This is a great insight into organisational thinking for […]

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Being new – 5 things you need to do

I started my new job as a consultant at =mc today. And one of the first things they asked me to do was to write a blog… So I decided that I needed to learn from my past experience of changing jobs. After all I have done this before First I noticed there are two […]

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Thinking Big – and Unrestricted

=mc held a thought leadership seminar in Geneva two weeks ago to discuss a major concern among all INGOs and UN Agencies: how to raise unrestricted income, especially now with governmental funds reducing.  Participants included senior figures from a number of key agencies including UNHCR, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, WWF, CARE International, IFRC, International Diabetes Federation, […]

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Using Strategic Planning Tools for Fundraising

Is your organisation competing in a Red Ocean or Blue Ocean? Put simply, Red Ocean & Blue Ocean are two different ways of comparing the strategy of an organisation in relation to the territory they are competing in. Red Ocean Strategy sees an organisation fighting for a share of the demand in a market which […]

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Imbalance

7 things to think about when managing challenging people

In this blog =mc Director Yvette Gyles looks at 7 key questions to help you work out how best to manage challenging people. As a manager, one of the most difficult things to deal with is managing ‘challenging’ people, whether it’s because you don’t get on with them on a personal level, or they’re not […]

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Don’t fundraise in India, train fundraisers in India

In this post, guest blogger John Godfrey shares his thoughts on fundraising in India.  John is a fundraising consultant and trainer in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and India. As well he is a PhD candidate at Swinburne University, Melbourne researching HNWI philanthropists in India. He blogs and writes articles for fundraising publications including NPQuarterly Newswires. He […]

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Why do projects fail?

In this blog =mc‘s Senior L&D consultant Philly Graham shares ideas on why certain projects fail and what you can do to avoid this. Why do projects fail? Depressing though it is, I think we can all say we have been involved in a project that has gone wrong in some shape or form. But […]

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Emergency giving – a personal view

In this blog, Angela Cluff gives a personal perspective on fundraising appeals, and the impact of statistics versus individual stories on giving. It’s been a busy few days, so good to relax on the sofa, glass of wine in one hand, football on in the background and catching up on Twitter. This caught my eye. […]

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National Arts Fundraising School Alumni – our greatest challenges

In this blog, =mc Senior Consultant Philly Graham writes about the recent reunion event held for 20 arts fundraising professionals who have been on the National Arts Fundraising School (a week long residential programme run by The Management Centre). There was a great gathering of minds last week, while some of the National Arts Fundraising School alumni […]

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The MENA Blogs Part 9 – Marwan’s Story

This blog post is the ninth in a series of posts from =mc’s Senior Associate Consultant Laurence Brady, who is currently undertaking an exciting piece of fundraising work in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time on the project, Laurence will be writing regular blog posts in a series called ‘The MENA Blogs’. […]

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Four ways to ensure learning transfer

In this blog, =mc’s Senior Learning & Development Consultant Charlotte Scott shares four ways of ensuring that the learning you’ve invested in is passed on and applied throughout your organisation. If you’ve spent time and money on training and development (or are thinking about doing so), this blog is a must-read!   Four Ways to […]

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Being productive – 5 ways of staying on track

Dealing with a seemingly never ending to-do list and constant interruptions can seem overwhelming at times – read on to discover ways of thriving in a busy environment with this blog by Yvette Gyles, Assistant Director at =mc: Being Productive – 5 ways of staying on track Staying productive is tricky. We all have moments […]

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