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Professional practice

Applying theory and evidence into fundraisers’ day-to-day work

The whole point of what we do at Rogare is to help fundraisers use theory and evidence to be better in their roles.


We do this primarily through our Knowledge Collectives, which are composed of members of the Critical Fundraising Network who have a keen and specialist interest in the area of interest. Each Collective have a project leader and a core team who help to deliver both of its main roles:


  1. The first role is to convene in the manner of a study or discussion group to identify gaps in research, evidence and theory and suggest ways to fill them, come up with new research questions, and look at barriers to knowledge and suggest ways to overcome them. The Collective will also look for new ideas, thinking and trends, and anything else that might be interesting or relevant. It will then share these with the rest of the CFR Network and the profession as a whole. 

  2. The second role is to collate and signpost the best existing knowledge about particular subjects so that fundraisers have a go-to source of the best available evidence and theory. There is a defined and robust process that Rogare has developed for doing this, which sets out, for example, the evidential criteria for discriminating between different types of source (e.g. an academic paper or market research). 


We currently have two knowledge groups, for legacies (led by Rogare Council member and legacy expert Claire Routley, and corporate fundraising/partnerships (led by another Council member, Damian Chapman, from the Charity for Civil Servants), but are planning more.


Check Rogare’s Twitter account (@RogareFTT) for updates on these projects, particularly when we start to populate the pages with outputs from the Knowledge Collectives. 


We’ll also sometimes do specific research into areas of professional practice. In 2020 we published outputs from our collaboration with Remarkable Partnerships. You can find more about this work here.

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  • Read the press release on the launch 

Legacy Fundraising Knowledge Collective


The Knowledge Collective for legacy fundraising launched in April 2021. It’s first task will be to publish an initial recommendation of the knowledge base for legacy fundraising.


We will post more details on this project as and when they are available. Please monitor Rogare on Twitter or the Critical Fundraising Forum on Facebook for more details.

Legacy Knowledge Collective team

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Claire Routley

Project leader

Legacy Fundraising (UK)

  • Juan Hendrawan Putra – WWF (Belgium)

  • Lucy Lowthian, Samaritans (UK)

  • Ligia Peña, LFP Solutions (Canada)

  • Shah Alam – Macmillan Cancer Support (UK)

  • Jessica Wrobelewski, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Corporate Fundraising Knowledge Collective


We set up the Knowledge Collective into corporate fundraising in April 2021 and first aims to establish research question and barriers to knowledge in corporate fundraising to kick off the study group, before building the knowledge base. 


We will post more details on this project as and when they are available. Please monitor Rogare on Twitter or the Critical Fundraising Forum on Facebook for more details.


In the meantime, you can read project leader Damian Chapman’s blog on his plans for the Collective.

Corporate Fundraising Knowledge Collective team

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Damian Champman

Project leader

Charity for Civil Servants (UK)

​Damian Chapman is still assembling the team for the Corporate Fundraising Knowledge Collective. Anyone who is interested in participating should reach out to Damian via LinkedIn.

Ambitious charity-corporate partnerships


In 2019, Remarkable partnerships engaged Rogare to reconceptualise charity-corporate partnerships (CCPs) based on how ‘ambitious’ the partnership is. Our conclusions were published in three report. The main report has been available from the Remarkable Partnerships website since June 2020. The two preliminary papers are also now available. Click here for more information and to download the reports/papers.

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More information

  • Find out more about the ambitious charity-corporate partnerships research.