Coronavirus: IDPE support

For IDPE's full response to the coronavirus situation, please click here.

How donations can provide a predictable income for schools (and what heads need to know about why development is so important post-pandemic)

'Even if some members of your development team have very understandably been furloughed, don’t press pause on your development activity. Keep thinking of new ways of nurturing and building those relationships not just with alumni, but also parents – if you don’t, you could lose out in the long run to other charities!’ Philip Britton, Headmaster, Bolton School

Now is the time for senior leadership and development teams to work together to protect and nurture their donations by reaching out to your school’s community and involving them in your journey through the pandemic. Find out more about why your school should press play on development.

​​​Been furloughed? Keep in touch with the IDPE community and continue your professional development

We understand that some schools have made the difficult decision to furlough staff, including members of the development team. As your membership organisation we want to continue to keep you informed and support you during this time. If you would like us to keep in touch, please contact confirming your personal email address and that you are happy for us to update your communication preferences.  We can then continue to send you our regular communications. 

If furloughed you can still invest time in your own professional development, so don't forget to register for a regional coffee and catch up, webinar or community forum, and access our guides, podcasts and webinar recordings.


Research and regulation

Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising's new guidance to support fundraising during coronavirus (July 2020)

This article discusses the new guidance published by the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising to support organisations returning to fundraising activities as COVID-19 restrictions are eased across the UK. Read now.

IDPE summary of Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising guidance on coronavirus (July 2020)

A summary of the guidance published by the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising on the over-arching principles which should be applied to fundraising methods as COVID-19 restrictions are eased across the UK. Read now.

HMRC Gift Aid rules changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (July 2020)

A summary of Gift Aid rules relaxed by HMRC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read now.

CAF UK Giving Report 2020 summary (January 2021)

IDPE's summary of the CAF special UK Giving Report setting out the impact that the pandemic has had so far on people’s giving behaviours, and the outlook for the coming months. Read now.          



How to re-ignite/start a capital campaign, post-pandemic (January 2021)

This webinar will give you the confidence to take on the challenge of a capital campaign as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and look forward to a brighter future.

Embracing the virtual world: how to adapt your fundraising (November 2020)

This forum presentation explores the power of virtual fundraising to schools and how to get your alumni community to embrace the new virtual world.

How can schools protect their fundraising income through the COVID-19 pandemic (May 2020)

This IDPE and ISBA webinar looks at potential opportunities for income generation post-pandemic.

How resilient is your fundraising strategy to coronavirus? (April 2020)

Juliet Corbett, Strategy Consultant, Juliet Corbett Consulting, explores how your fundraising strategy could benefit from four ideas from the fields of marketing, organisational change, strategy and innovation.

Fundraising during turbulent times: how to continue engaging your community with virtual fundraising events (April 2020)

This webinar delivered by Blackbaud explores the power of virtual fundraising events and how they can help your development office sustain momentum during turbulent times.  



IDPE Joint CEOs Jo Beckett and Louise Bennett talk to development directors about how their schools have responded to the coronavirus pandemic, what activities they have been doing to fundraise or engage with their school community, and how they have evolved their development strategy.

Patrick Mulvihill, Development Director, Uppingham School 

(February 2021)

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Lorna Stoddart, Director of Development, Winchester College

 (January 2021)

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Adrian Ballard, Head of Foundation, Sherborne School

(May 2020)

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Tara George, Development and Alumni Relations Director, St Benedict's School

(May 2020)

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Jo Ballantine, Director of Development, The Royal Latin School

(April 2020)

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Simon Lerwill, Foundation Director, Marlborough College

(April 2020)

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Susie Baker, Director of the Waynflete Office, Magdalen College School

(April 2020)

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Melanie Bushell, Development Director, The Portsmouth Grammar School

(March 2020)

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IDPE thought pieces

Doing less to achieve more! How to work sustainably in challenging times

Jo Beckett reflects on proactive approaches to balancing work, including things you can do to work in a more sustainable way.

The future depends on what you do today

Jo Beckett reflects on the five things you need to know to prepare to embrace whatever the future may hold.

How to cope with furloughing and being furloughed

Louise Bennett explores the impact of the government’s new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on development.

The power of positivity, information and creativity

Jo Beckett shares three practical insights we have taken away from the last week which we hope you will find reassuring.

We are all in this together

Louise Bennett explores the need to take a step back, manage expectations, and most important of all, to stay positive. Read more...​​​​​​

Living in lockdown

Jo Beckett explores how self-awareness is important for continued resilience during the coronavirus pandemic, and practical steps to boost your mood.

Learning in lockdown

Louise Bennett reflects on why it's more important than ever to take a step back and prioritise your professional development.