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Editor-in-chief

Outrageous Hope

By Margaret Battistelli

About Margaret

Margaret's life in six words: Bountiful blessings, glorious chaos ... glitter included. 

Margaret has been with FundRaising Success since its inception in 2003. Before joining the magazine as its founding editor, she was an editor and writer for America Online; published PhillyFeast, a monthly magazine about food in and around Philadelphia; and held chief editor positions at a variety of newspapers and magazines in the Philadelphia area. She is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. Contact her at mbattistelli@napco.com.

 

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Outside Counsel

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Story Styles That Open Readers' Wallets, Part 1
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Get What You Give

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Pay It Forward

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Old Dog Fundraising

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Fundraisers: Let's Get Hungry Again
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It's Your Turn

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Looking for Donors? It's Inside Out
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Bedrocks & Beacons

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Fundraising: It's Not the Pitch
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Navigating Off the Napkin

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Year-End Email Under a Microscope
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Steve MacLaughlin, director of analytics at Blackbaud, goes to great lengths to provide insight to us all, and he has...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
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Throughout my career, as a "reformed" lawyer, I have learned that in order to succeed in raising funds as a...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

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Mega Donors Making Mega Gifts
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The top 10 biggest charitable gifts in 2014 came to a combined total of an amazing $3.3 billion. Imagine that...



Donor Trippin'

Nick Allen
Is There an App for Us?
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Got an idea for an app that could connect a charity or nonprofit with its supporters and beneficiaries in an...



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Recent discussions focus on a myriad of topics, but in the past two months, the recurring targeted topics seem to...



Hump Day Hullabaloo

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This week, as I transition into my new position as interim executive director at Save the Chimps, we're talking about...



Wow. Just Wow

 

I'm not sure what was more surprising: the fact that the popular satire site The Onion posted a tweet during Sunday's Oscars that called 9-year-old starlet Quvenzhané Wallis a word deemed so offensive that even the most daring sites are replacing the last three letters with symbols (after the initial c) — or that the usually brilliant but nonetheless tactless Onion issued a sincere apology. No joking, no backpedaling, no excuses, no blame games, no sarcasm. Just a sincere, flat-out apology.

The tweet was immediately taken down, and according to Onion CEO Steve Hannah's public apology, those responsible faced disciplinary action.

The first was surprising in a "whoa, can you believe they just did that?" kind of way; the second in a refreshing way.

Stuff happens. An unfortunate typo gets through. Or as in this case, an overzealous keeper of your organization's Twitter or Facebook or whatever account lets something get by that maybe shouldn't have. (Yes, it was in keeping with The Onion's usual biting satire, but even many Onion devotees found it to be a bit much, given the girl's age.)

The difference is in what you do once the damage is done. I have to hand it to The Onion. Handling this incident the way it did speaks volumes. The tweet was removed but it can't be undone, so the best thing to do is exactly what The Onion did.

Do you think nonprofit organizations have anything to learn from this whole mess?

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