Expert View

Philanthropy has a more fundamental role to play in European society today than at any time in the last 30 years, says Filipe Santos, Chaired Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics and Visiting Professor at INSEAD. In our latest Expert View, he discusses how it must increasingly focus on financing social innovation if it is to achieve its potential, and looks at some of the new financing and engagement mechanisms that are being used.

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Innovation isn’t always about the latest technology or invention. It’s just as important that the sector innovates at a cultural level. Sarah Carter, Head of Leadership at HOME Fundraising and Co-Founder of Wisdom Fish, talks about the importance of having the right organisational culture to support innovation and the power of mindfulness in fundraising.

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While the public shows greater sympathy for small local charities, it is the larger ones that reap the lion’s share of funding, says John Baguley, Chair of the International Fundraising Consultancy. In this month's Expert View, he talks about why this is the case and how smaller charities can level the playing field.

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Peer-to-peer learning is by no means unique to the voluntary sector, but it’s often one of the things charities and commercial partners do best. Sue Kershaw, development director of SOFII (the Showcase of Fundraising Inspiration and Innovation), talks about some of the most inspirational campaigns to have been showcased at the recent I Wish I’d Thought of That event.

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