Major Donors

Good practice, case studies, expert advice and tips for fundraisers on managing and nurturing major charity donors.

It's a boom time for major giving, says nfpSynergy report

The Major Donor Giving Research Report gathers together the findings of research on major donors from the past five years

Using successful people to fundraise boosts income, says report

But The Perfect Fundraising Partnership, published by the Institute of Fundraising, says many charities worry about where to find 'senior volunteers'

Fundraising Week: Basic compliance 'not enough to attract major donors', says academic

Beth Breeze, director of the Centre for Philanthropy, tells a Fundraising Week event that charities confuse 'hygiene' factors such as filing accounts on time with qualities that motivate donors

Wealthiest people gave £3.2bn to charity in the past year

The Sunday Times Giving List, part of its Rich List, says Jamie Cooper, former wife of hedge-fund manager Sir Chris Hohn, gave away 60.8 per cent of her fortune

Major donors 'would support wealth screening', says academic

Beth Breeze, director of the Centre for Philanthropy, tells an Institute of Fundraising conference that the attitude of the Information Commissioner's Office to fundraising is 'distressing and ridiculous'

Charities should target major donors in their 50s, legacy consultant Richard Radcliffe says

He tells delegates at the International Fundraising Congress that most charities ask people in their late 60s for gifts, but wealthier people tend to make their wills a decade earlier

Charities 'should be honest with major donors if they want their support'

The philanthropist Nick Jenkins tells delegates at the conference that charities should educate donors to help them understand where help is needed

Most rich donors give because it enriches their lives, study finds

The research was carried out by Beth Breeze (pictured) of the University of Kent and Theresa Lloyd, a philanthropy adviser

Philanthropists in emerging economies 'more likely to give wealth away before death'

Emma Turner of Barclays says its report also shows that entrepreneurs in the UK increasingly want to be involved in how their money is used

Study examines giving habits of wealthy philanthropists round the world

It was carried out by the Institute for Philanthropy after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said the Giving Pledge would be extended outside the US

Analysis: New HMRC figures paint an unclear picture

David Ainsworth looks at whether wealthy donors are using Gift Aid to avoid paying tax

Government promises formal consultation on tax relief cap for philanthropists

Downing Street says 'various options could be explored' to avoid a drop in charitable donations

Analysis: Will wealthy donors be put off by Osborne's surprise?

An unexpected move in last week's Budget was the decision to cap tax reliefs on giving. David Ainsworth assesses the reaction

Cathy Pharoah: Tale of two halves - The richest 10 per cent divide into givers and non-givers

If the non-donating half of the richest 10 per cent started giving it could be worth at least £1bn to charities, says our columnist

Stephen Pidgeon: Let's listen to varsity fundraisers

It's sad that different types of fundraisers don't learn more from each other, says our columnist

Private funders 'best placed' to support early interventions

Research commissioned by Barclays Wealth says philanthropists and corporate funders can take risks on early intervention initiatives that government will not support

Thank-you letters to donors waste money, says philanthropist

Melanie Edge tells IoF convention those giving money should have the option not to receive a reply

Donations from UK's top 100 philanthropists 'fell by almost a third'

Sunday Times Rich List reveals a drop in the amount given to charity by the richest donors

Analysis: Giving - where do we go from here?

In 20 years, the proportion of all household spending that goes to good causes has stayed flat and the proportion of households that donate has fallen. Sophie Hudson asks how worried charities should be

Debate: Should philanthropy play a bigger role in helping to fund charities?

Critics say the government has "unreasonable expectations" that philanthropists can make up for funding cuts

Big Giver: Rod Aldridge, Aldridge Foundation

Rod Aldridge of the Aldridge Foundation tells our reporter Sophie Hudson how he likes to donate his skills, not just his cash, to the projects he works on

Latest Coutts report shows increase in million-pound donations

More than 200 separate seven-figure donations were made last year, with higher education remaining the favourite cause for donors

'New breed' of philanthropists emerging in Europe, International Fundraising Congress hears

Charities told they must welcome new venture philanthropists who want to be involved in policy decisions as well as giving cash

Scope scores a hit with its venture philanthropy idea

The Grangewood Venture Philanthropy Project has attracted interest from individuals and trusts that had not previously given to the charity

Cathy Pharoah: hectoring the wealthy won't inspire a culture of philanthropy

Ministers insist the rich must play their part in the big society but few incentives are on offer, says our columnist

Helen Wadham: "Rich donors are just like you and me"

They give to causes that matter to them, says the associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University

James Caan, Sara Davenport and Alec Reed: Inside the minds of major givers

They like to know how their money is being spent, they like to be thanked and they don't like waste. Kaye Wiggins interviews three leading philanthropists and compares and contrasts how they do things

Major donors 'should think more about impact'

Martin Brookes, chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital, will address Raising Funds from the Rich conference this week

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