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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.

 

Connections

Jeff Schreifels
5 Ways to Report Back to Donors on Their Gifts' Impact
Sep 29, 2014

You have no choice other than to report back to donors — not if you want to grow and not...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
2 Steps to Getting the Second Gift
Sep 29, 2014

When we know how to reinforce donors' decisions to give and help them maintain the warm feeling of helping, everybody...



Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
Major and Planned Gifts: How to Engage Professionals on Their Own Terms
Sep 26, 2014

Major-gifts and planned-gifts officers constantly seek ways to engage with prospects and donors. Every technique is used on a daily...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
6 Ideas for Dealing With 'Take Me Off Your List' Requests
Sep 25, 2014

How do you handle donor requests to be removed from your list? This may surprise some of you, but, "Duh!...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
The No. 1 Fundraising Skill Your Board Members Need to Master
Sep 24, 2014

What is the the No. 1 fundraising skill your board members need to master? It's not what you think!...



Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Stand Firm for Principles
Sep 24, 2014

When we cave in and take shortcuts, we truly shortchange the project at hand, the mission of our organization, those...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
6-Second Fundraising: How to Charm Online Donors With Digital Storytelling
Sep 23, 2014

Six-second fundraising? I'm not kidding. The new, ultra-short social-media services, Instagram and Vine, are showing how short little videos that...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
I Just Don't Understand the Bitcoin Opportunity
Sep 16, 2014

Am I too old or just not opening my eyes to see the fundraising opportunity of Bitcoin?...



Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
Engage P2P: Keeping it Lively Right Up to the End
Sep 9, 2014

If your organization does P2P fundraising — or if you wish it would — I hope you'll join us in...



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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