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Posted by:
Laila Takeh
November 19, 2012

Disintermediation: is it really that new?

The folk at Spring-giving asked me to give a perspective on their disintermediation study. It’s not been an easy task, hence why this is appearing much later than the event.

I think that’s because I’m not sure how new it feels.

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Posted by:
Paul de Gregorio
October 30, 2012

Sometimes what you need is right in front of you

I love my job. I’m an unashamed direct response fundraiser so the numbers as well as the creative excite me. I’m also obsessed with how charities can use technology to deliver the very best supporter relationships and ultimately raise more money.

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Posted by:
Amy McGeever
October 22, 2012

Mobile & Social – The Power Duo for Peer to Peer Fundraising

Let’s face it: Facebook mobile epitomises the intersection of social and mobile. Last month, Facebook announced that it had reached 1 billion monthly active users worldwide. Of these users, a whopping 60% – 600 million! – use Facebook mobile.   

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Posted by:
Anne McCrossan
October 17, 2012

Being Out of the Loop and the big give

Since we published the 2012 Social Charity Index at the end of September it’s been fascinating to hear your responses to the study and see how charities are marking their progress as social business becomes more prevalent.

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Posted by:
Ben Hamilton
October 10, 2012

What disintermediation means for the crowdfunder?

A middleman is often removed from (or by) a crowdfunding campaign, which essentially allows for the crowdfunder (/fundraiser) to deal directly with the backer. This, in many respects, almost defines the term disintermediation in its own right. The transaction is direct, and so too is the communication.

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Paul Rodgers
October 9, 2012

Some thoughts on disintermediation

Whilst disintermediation of charities by digital, and particularly payments technology, quite clearly presents a great risk, I think a greater awareness of the issue will, from an organisational point of view, compel charities to assess what their core value is and will result in three main outcomes:

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October 3, 2012

Mobile Fundraising won’t progress properly until we understand what mobile is

Written by Graham Turner, GiveOnTheMobile

“The quiet revolution” “The new way of giving” the reality is that we are only just starting to scratch the surface of the capability that mobile engagement will bring.

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Posted by:
Richard Morris
October 2, 2012

If Giving Was Free, Who Would You Give To?


If you could give for free, who would you give to?  That question is at the heart of our not for profit social enterprise TheGivingMachine.co.uk .  Online shoppers generate free donations with every purchase made from over 400 of the most popular online shops.  Shoppers can choose to support any UK charity or school they wish and over 5,000 have joined so far to spread the word to their supporters.

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Posted by:
Elizabeth Kessick
October 2, 2012

Mobile Giving: Today & Tomorrow

Did you know that nearly a third of all traffic to the web in the UK is coming from mobile devices? There’s been a quiet revolution going on as we transition from web browsing as a stationary, desktop activity to something that we do on the move, where and when we need it (and there are no barriers here –51% of American 18-34 year olds use their phones when they are in the loo!).

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Posted by:
William Makower
October 1, 2012

‘Emotional Distance’ defines the Difference

I’m interested in the concept of ‘emotional distance’ and the impact this has on the call to donate. Take, for example, the digitised sponsorship model as delivered by JustGiving and others. In this case, as our bank balances can testify an ask by email is sufficient if your friend/relative is climbing Kilimanjaro. But what if an email was sent by your local theatre to support access by disadvantaged groups? Evidence shows that existing supporters might give (but unlikely to be in high numbers) and new supporters are unlikely to give.

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Posted by:
Harry Chichester
September 27, 2012

A Few Words on the Social Collaboration Event..

On the 26th of September, the Big Society Network, Nexters and PleaseFund.Us hosted a conference at Somerset House, with open-floor panel discussions to explore how we as a society can collaborate and fuel great ideas. Read more

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Posted by:
Nancy Thomas
September 26, 2012

lendwithcare.org: Development-oriented crowdfunding

In a recent article, Andy Hamflett , Director of the Spring Giving project, questioned what the recent explosion of crowdfunding sites might mean for charities and their online donors. He raised some interesting points not only about the increasing desire of donors to know/see exactly where their money is going but also about how charities will respond to this desire. Read more

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Posted by:
Becky Coleman
September 21, 2012

easyfundraising.org: making giving easy

Remember when giving to charity meant putting money in a collecting tin or buying something from a jumble sale? We’ve come a long way as a charitable society from the days of raffles and cake sales; now there are a wealth of ways to give, from gift aid to text giving, all aimed at making giving as easy as possible. Read more

Posted by:
Harry Chichester
September 18, 2012

Spring Giving: September news

Spring Giving has begun exciting new research to explore emerging trends in technology-enabled giving, initially focusing on:

  • giving to charity through mobile phones, particularly using SMS.
  • ‘dis-intermediation’, where some funding platforms are facilitating direct relationships between donors and recipients, thus cutting out charities. Read more
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Posted by:
Mark Chandler
September 18, 2012

The inspiration for Guess2Give …

I faced the same challenge many fundraisers face… I had three triathlons lined up and wanted to fundraise for all of them, but knew I’d only get one hit with traditional online sponsorship. So I ran a sweepstake on each of the triathlons, challenging friends to guess my finish time for each. I couldn’t believe the response. Read more