Open Fundraising


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The DEC is such a well known figure on the fundraising landscape that it’s easy to lose sight of what an incredible organisation it is – harnessing the reach and expertise of 13 charities to become a single, powerful and trusted voice during an emergency.


As an agency dedicated to bringing the right people together to change the world, we’ve always wanted to play a part in that. So, as you can imagine, we’re very excited (and not a little nervous) that the DEC has chosen Open to help it do an amazing job even better.


It’s a big task. But together with the DEC’s other partners, we’re ready to give it a go.




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Tickets for IWITOT 2015 are still available on the SOFII site, but are selling out fast, so get in quick! The last three annual IWITOT events have been afternoons packed full of fundraising passion and inspiration, and this year’s is shaping up to be the best ever!

The Weston Theatre at the Museum of London is an incredible venue, with comfy staggered seats for a clear view of the stage and air conditioning (finally), before drinks in the Garden room and terrace. And now that London Underground has kindly suspended its strike, there will be no

problem getting to and from the venue.


I’m also really excited about the speakers we’ve got this year – we have an inspiring mix of people from a large range of fundraising backgrounds. You can see the SOFII site for the full list but I’ve had a sneak peak at what some of them are going to be talking about and I can’t wait for everyone to hear them. Of course, you’ll also get the chance to hear fantastic talks from our three mentoring audition winners. So there’s going to be a LOT to draw fundraising inspiration from!


This all takes place on Thursday 10th September, 13.30-17.00 and tickets are available on the SOFII site now!


See you there!



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A while ago, I blogged about our search for a Client Services Director. Well, we got lucky.


If you’ve worked in Fundraising for more than five minutes, you’ll know who Milly Lawrence-Ahmed is. Until recently, she was doing amazing stuff at UNICEF UK. But in her 20 years as a fundraiser she’s run a major agency and been Executive Director of the PFRA – not to mention the first BME face in the industry’s Most Influential Top 10. And the first woman. And the youngest.


In short, she’s the real deal. She’s sitting in our office right now. And I’m slightly nervous.


Welcome aboard Milly. Please be gentle.