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Managing Editor

Get What You Give

By Joe Boland

About Joe

Joe loves the 5 F's: food, fun, friends, football and fundraising

Joe has been with FundRaising Success since 2008, first as the magazine's copy editor, then senior editor and now managing editor. Prior to joining the magazine, he was a sportswriter for Montgomery Newspapers, covering high school and community sports in suburban Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Penn State University in University Park, Pa. Contact him via e-mail at jboland@napco.com or on Twitter at @JoeBolandFRS.

 

Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
Show Your Donors Some Love in the Holiday Season
Dec 17, 2014

Make your holiday greeting relevant. Make it work for you and your cause. And make it warm, fuzzy and touching...



Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Be Accessible to Your Donors at Year End!
Dec 17, 2014

Enjoy the holidays! But be sure that someone is either in your office or easily accessible to donors as they...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
Nobody Is Speaking About Direct-Mail Fundraising but Everyone Should Be
Dec 16, 2014

In a world pushing e-solicitations — for businesses and charities alike — does good, old-fashioned paper mail matter? My experience...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Is 1 Child Actually More Motivating Than 1 Million?
Dec 16, 2014

It's not the actual number that matters — it's the ability for a donor to feel like he or she...



Connections

Richard Perry
How Administrative Support for an MGO Nets More Money for the Nonprofit
Dec 15, 2014

If an MGO is expected to do all the in-office work as well as meet with donors, he cannot manage...



Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
The Iceberg Effect
Dec 12, 2014

Make sure people know what you want them to know about you. Try to control the message before it controls...



Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
Our Virtual Show Is Today!
Nov 18, 2014

The FundRaising Success Virtual Conference and Expo is free, and it takes place today! It's not too late to register...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Clutter Can Kill Your Fundraising
Dec 11, 2014

The key message running through NextAfter's "5 Ways to Cut Through the Clutter With Your Year-End Fundraising" report (in my...



It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
The Real Cost of Overhead
Dec 11, 2014

Liz's worthy organization sought to be frugal for years. Not a bad thing. Gradually, but surely, this desire to be...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
5 Ways to Use One Powerful Fundraising Word
Dec 8, 2014

"Help" means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. You use it often in your fundraising...



Donor Trippin'

Nick Allen
Is There an App for Us?
Jul 1, 2014

Got an idea for an app that could connect a charity or nonprofit with its supporters and beneficiaries in an...



Raising the Possibilities

Thaddeus B. Kubis
Recurring Themes: The Case for Integrated Marketing Communications, Part 2
Dec 27, 2013

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



Hump Day Hullabaloo

Jo Sullivan
Hump Day Hullaballoo: Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway
May 22, 2013

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



November Mission of the Month: Political Fundraising

 

With the 2012 presidential election quickly approaching, it's interesting to look back and see some of the techniques political fundraisers utilized for their respective campaigns. So to kick off our November Mission of the Month — Political Fundraising — here are a few stories from FundRaising Success Gold Awards judge Paul Bobnak, research director of FS sister brand DirectMarketingIQ.

2 New Direct Mail Tricks Used in Election 2012
"For decades, direct mail has been the workhorse of grassroots political fundraising. And judging by what's appeared so far in this election cycle, it's not going to be put out to pasture any time soon. Surveys, membership cards, photos and letters from rockstar politicians have dominated the 2012 mailstream because they all still work well." Read the full post.

Democrats Fire Back with 'Firewall' Direct Mail
"The 2010 election was not a great one for Democrats, as scores of candidates were defeated in a Republican wave. Their control of the U.S. Senate was maintained, though, and 2011 saw several direct mail efforts by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to see that it stayed that way. Centering on the theme of 'I Am The Firewall,' the mailings tried to energize Democratic supporters, to make certain that nothing was being taken for granted." Read the full post.

The Best in 2012 Election Mail
"There's a lot at stake in the 2012 elections besides the obvious prize — the White House. So we here at DMIQ decided to look at the direct mail sent out by political campaigns in 2011, to see what's working and what may be ahead in 2012. And why not? We've had a long history covering the direct mail of political campaigns." Read the full post.

High-Level Direct Mail from Obama's 2012 Presidential Campaign
"Obama for America began the president's re-election effort with a package targeting a likely 'early supporter. The front of the 4-1/2" x 8-3/4" mailing features only Barack Obama's face set against a dark background. When opened, the outer's panels fold out, revealing two quotes from the president in reversed-out white type." Read the full post.

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