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Ken’s blogs:
stories about fundraising,
the donor experience and
the meaning of life.

What’s most important?
Why we now need a new agreement with donors.

Most recent articles
Don’t just ask me
for more money
Where do I start?
My first few weeks as a fundraiser.The truth, told well.

Most read articles
• The future of fundraising
5-part series.

Meet the donors.
Prepare for the fundraising trustee.
Opt in or opt out? Two letters from the regulator.
Pure gold: the 34 essential foundations of fundraising.
The Bata shoes story.
F2F: 50 ideas to improve the public’s experience of street fundraising.
2020 vision.
The emotional brain.

China: the dragon awakes.
Communication and
the English language
ActionAid’s journey to diversity.
Straight to the heart of how fundraising works.

Three from the archive
The speaking event from Hell.
Are you too busy to change the world?

A Sudan Safari.


Charlie Hulme, Rob Woods and Joe Jenkins review Storytelling for SOFII, here.
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Ken’s books
Books by Ken Burnett
Relationship Fundraising • Friends for LifeThe Zen of Fundraising
• Tiny Essentials of an Effective Volunteer Board • How to Produce Inspiring Annual Reports • The Field by the River (now available only on
Kindle). And the latest, • Storytelling can change the world.
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SOFII’s free video series Letter to the future: how to change fundraising’s culture, with 32 lightbulb moments to transform your donors’ experience.

Ken RF
Ken Aus
Apologies for the multiple mugshots here. Click the left image to download a six-page feature from the USA that marks 25 years of Relationship Fundraising and right for a special message for fundraisers outside the UK. See if you can spot the not-quite-deliberate mistake in that (there're no prizes). My favourite mantra, at right, is a clue.

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Recently reprinted: secrets of the would-be influencer’s most vital skill
Order Storytelling can change the world here, £19 .95 (US$ 26.14, €23.84) +P&P. To review why you might want to buy it, have a look here, here and here.

To order or have a look at any of Ken’s other books, click here.

RECENTLY PUBLISHED: two special features on Ken’s work from top US journal Advancing Philanthropy. Click on the image above left to download the one about relationship fundraising. For the one on storytelling, click right (you guessed!).

Feature articles
• Features, case histories, book reviews and opinion pieces on SOFII.
Five tales from Ken’s only book on natural history, The Field by the River, starting with rough sex down by the river.
• ‘How Relationship Fundraising changed my life
, a review by Craig Linton.
• Articles from The Guardian newspapers and websites and Contributions magazine, USA. •
Ken’s current blogs. • Earlier blogs.Ken’s archive, including his first ever piece of paid journalism, for She Magazine, A Sudan safari.

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