Today I found some old notes I wrote while attending a course some time ago. When was it? Well, carbon dating might prove inconclusive, but the filofax paper could be a clue. I think that it dates back to 1995, when I was a tyro fundraiser working for I CAN, and that I took these notes at a training course run by the then somewhat quaintly named Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers (now of course the Institute of Fundraising). What else does it tell you? Two things, I reckon: the art of fundraising hasn't changed much since last millennium. fundraising thinking is largely based around diagrams of pyramids and cycles (yes, I may share my many filofax cycle diagrams some time). So, some things never change. You could say that fundraising dates back to the pyramids. Just before the invention of the filofax.