New user guide
A quick introduction to SOFII for first time users
SOFII is a gift to you and to charitable fundraisers everywhere. It’s an easily accessible free archive of the best fundraising creativity and innovation from around the world –designed to make you more effective, productive, successful and happy.
Find out how and why SOFII was started by clicking here.
Logging into SOFII:
You do not currently need a username or password to use SOFII – the site is free and open for anyone to use. If you would like to receive regular SOFII email updates informing you of the latest exhibits and articles, then please email SOFII’s project manager, Carolina Herrera, to be added to the SOFII database.
SOFII has several different types of content divided into specialist sections that will make it easy for you to browse through all the material on the site:
Consider the halls of SOFII akin to the themed halls of a museum or art gallery. Each hall focuses on a specific segment of the world of fundraising. As SOFII grows, so will the museum.
Our halls are made up of several showcases dedicated to specific areas of fundraising, and each showcase has several exhibits; which are well documented examples of different types of fundraising from all over the world.
This section is specially for the well-read fundraiser, or for anyone who wants to be one. Because any fundraiser who is not well up on the sector’s required reading is going to be quickly left behind.
So think of the SOFII reading rooms as a library, a quiet place that you can visit whenever you want to get specialist and expert information on a range of interests, issues and activities that will help you in your job. The reading rooms include:
Find what you’re looking for:
You can also find exactly what you are looking for by using our search function. You can filter our collection to list only ‘direct mail legacy campaigns from Canada’, for example. Or ‘Broadcast campaigns benefiting older people’. Or you can search by keyword - our whole collection is full-text indexed - So if you want to see every piece of content that mentions ‘David Ogilvy, that’s no problem.
Sharing your work with SOFII:
Brilliance is for sharing, so please share your brilliance too. All the information on this site has been compiled to inform, guide and help fundraisers when preparing their own fundraising strategies, campaigns and promotions. In this way SOFII aims to improve fundraising practice everywhere for the benefit of fundraisers, donors and the organisations and causes they all serve. But we need YOU. Your work is a welcome addition to SOFII. Share your brilliance with over 15,000 fundraisers around the world, by sending in your examples of instructive fundraising, today. Please contact Carolina Herrera, SOFII’s project manager, with your inspirational and informative stories today.
Helping SOFII to grow:
Please tell your friends and colleagues about SOFII. They can register for SOFII for free by emailing Carolina@sofii.org, with ‘please register me’ in the subject line. The more registered users we have, the more we can reassure donors and volunteers who make SOFII possible that their continued support is worthwhile.