is an author, lecturer and consultant on fundraising, marketing and communications
for nonprofit organisations worldwide. After early career starts in banking and publishing Ken was UK director of ActionAid from 1977 to ’79 and director of fundraising and communications there from 1981 to ’83, when he founded the influential Burnett
Associates agency, the first company of its type in Europe. For two decades Burnett Associates
produced some of the most original, donor-focused and effective communications
campaigns to be found anywhere. This tradition continues with the Burnett Works agency. Though no longer directly involved, Ken remains a close friend of the agency he founded more than 30 years ago. In the recent past he has worked closely with several other communications
and marketing agencies in the UK, Australia, North America and India.
From the early 2000s until 2005, working with Alan Clayton, Ken was chairman of Cascaid, the agency Alan set up. He’s a director of specialist publishers The White Lion Press Limited and is founder and managing trustee of SOFII, the Showcase of Fundraising
Innovation and Inspiration.
In 2010, with friend and long-time business partner Alan Clayton, Ken set up the transformational coaching, consulting and creativity company Clayton Burnett, now renamed, since Ken no longer has an executive role in the company, as Alan Clayton Associates. For seven years Alan and Ken offered their clients a little bit of magic, the extra something that makes individuals and organisations excel. Alan continues this tradition with a single-minded dedication to great fundraising, defined as large-scale, sustainable growth driven by people who are committed to your mission. Ken still helps out, from time to time.
Also in 2015, following a crisis in public confidence in fundraising practices prompted by a flood of negative comment in the tabloid press, Ken Burnett co-founded, with Giles Pegram CBE, The Commission on the Donor Experience. CDE’s 28 detailed reports were published in July 2017 and are now available in full, for free, on SOFII, along with their distilled essence, the 32 lightbulb moments, in 44 short videos.
When not travelling on behalf of clients or giving seminars Ken spends his time between London and rural Suffolk, where he’s discovered a new love of writing, directing and acting in amateur village plays. See here and here. He’s easiest to contact by email, at email@example.com. You can follow Ken on Twitter @kenburnett1
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‘...an entertaining read that will help you raise more money in all sorts
of ways. I have added it to my list of must reads for fundraisers.’
Rob Woods, author and fundraising trainer.
‘I recommend you take some time out to read every page, then return to changing the world with a far greater hope of success.’
Joe Jenkins, director of fundraising, communications & activism, Friends of the Earth.
From recent reviews of Storytelling can change the world, see here.
‘Only a few chapters in and I’m mesmerised... thanks tons (like all the elephants in Africa tons) for writing this book.’
Shanon Doolittle, Seattle, USA.
‘It pays to cultivate the art of seeing the invisible.’
‘Tales are related in a fabulously human way with wit, honesty and a touch of sarcasm, as if by a friendly uncle chatting with those with whom he’s at most ease.’
From one of many reviews of The Field by the River, which you’ll find here.
Two of Ken’s books are featured in this compilation from the USA
of Books that changed my life. Click the image to download.