It’s always a challenging time for fundraisers, but as wages continue to fall behind inflation the generosity of the public is certainly being tested.

Bruised by scandals surrounding Oxfam and Save The Children, the way in which these huge organsiations manage their crisis communications in the media will be key to their continuing fortune. With the current focus on the sector there may also be opportunities for smaller charities with strong spokespeople to get their own messages out and continue to convince us to part with our hard earned cash.

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Crisis management, Spokesperson training — 12 February 2018 by Adam Fisher

The good and bad of Oxfam’s crisis response

Crisis management, General media skills — 4 March 2019 by Adam Fisher

Crisis lessons from the 'white saviour' row

Spokesperson training, General media skills — 20 October 2017 by Adam Fisher

Spokesperson's 'biased' claims show how not to handle a tough interview

There was only one interview we could focus on in today’s media training blog. It was a heated exchange which saw the spokesperson accuse the reporter of ‘not asking the questions that really…