Does William give more than Bill? Is Thomas more generous than Tom? Peter Wylie, a Washington, DC-based psychologist who specialises in data mining and statistical modeling for non-profits, suggests that such a pattern exists.
Wylie shares his research on this with UK fundraisers exclusively on UK Fundraising.
The fatwa decreeing the murder of Salman Rushdie has been given fresh impetus by a bizarre fundraising plan reported in The Guardian. The plan "was reportedly devised by Islamic militia in the holy city of Mashhad, with backing from officials in the elite Revolutionary Guards," according to James Meeks in the Guardian.
UK Fundraising's Howard Lake is quoted in today's story in the Guardian concerning FirstCheque 2000. "Creative initiatives like this are one way of standing out from the millennium crowd, according to Howard Lake, of specialist consultancy UK Fundraising. 'Charities have got to be different and innovative in their campaigns.'
Wealthy former partners at financial firm Goldman Sachs are being encouraged through tax breaks to give up to £300 million to charity. Many of them are billionaires following the company's April listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Rachel Talbot, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers, has resigned. The announcement was made by the Chairman of ICFM, David Ford. Rachel Talbot joined the ICFM in April this year.
UK Fundraising is very sad to learn of the sudden death last week of Barry Jackson, director of Corporate Affairs at the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals. Barry set up the first e-mail discussion list for fundraisers in the UK, a year and a half before FundUK was launched.
Lists of rich people make fascinating reading. The Sunday Times publishes the annual Sunday Times Wealth List, the Observer publishes The Young Rich, and Eastern Eye publishes Britain's Richest Asian 200. A growing number of the new members of these lists have made their wealth via the Internet, a fact confirmed by the latest DataMonitor report.