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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.

 

Peeling the Onion

Katrina VanHuss
Insufficient Justification
Apr 17, 2015

Often, I find that my clients have spent a lot of time and effort soliciting really nice gifts like airline...



Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
So You Want to Be a Fundraising Consultant?
Apr 17, 2015

If you ask consultants how they became one, their answers cover a spectrum. I find it interesting that many practitioners...



It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Getting the Right People on the Bus
Apr 16, 2015

The word "business" conjures up visions of overweening corporate greed rather than the requirement that all—ALL—viable organizations must have a...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Looking at Fundraising Through Fresh Eyes
Apr 16, 2015

One of the (several) things I enjoy about teaching fundraising courses at a couple of universities is the opportunity to...



Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Do You Have a Drop-in Plan?
Apr 15, 2015

A man dressed in jeans and a rumpled shirt walked into the lobby and asked to see the executive director....



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
I Am Lapsed and I Still Got a Customer Feedback Survey
Apr 14, 2015

I haven't donated in a while to this charity but after doing the online survey, it made me want to...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
16 Totally Whacked Shortcuts to Summon Your Fundraising Muse
Apr 13, 2015

Every so often you just get stuck when you need an idea. All writers know this. And we all know...



Connections

Richard Perry
The Meaning of 'No'
Apr 13, 2015

The work of a major gifts officer (MGO) is filled with "no's." That's the nature of the job. And I...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
Everything That Is Wrong With Our Retention Programs and How to Put Them Right
Mar 27, 2015

I know several fundraising directors who know for sure retention got worse after they introduced their loyalty programs. But they...



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
NonProfit PRO Leadership Conference: Navigating a Difficult Nonprofit Environment
Mar 24, 2015

At the inaugural NonProfit PRO Leadership Conference May 5 in Washington, D.C., Paul Bellantone, president and CEO of Promotional Products...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
5 Keys to Get in the Door With a Mega-Capacity Donor
Mar 18, 2015

So you've identified your big kahuna potential prospect, your mega-capacity donor. What next? How do you get in the door?...



Digging Deeper

Matt Hugg
Go for the Green: Prepare for Year-End Fundraising Today
Mar 17, 2015

If you're on a June/July fiscal year, you need to make plans now for a strong year's end. That means...



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...



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...



See You in Philly!

 

I couldn't help but laugh at the Facebook meme that was going around last month that said, "I don't want to brag or anything, but I survived the end of the world like five times."

Or something like that. You get the idea.

My Editor's Note in the January issue talks about the end-of-the-world hoopla. It also announces an exciting, new FundRaising Success event — the Engage Conference, our first-ever live, in-person event. It takes place in Philadelphia on May 9 (with a separate pre-conference workshop the day before).

Engage focuses on nonprofits that made the leap to powerhouse organizations, have proven themselves to be flawless stewards, and earned the trust and hearts of their donors. It features no-nonsense case study sessions and lots of access to speakers to raise concerns, get questions answered or maybe even just commiserate. And of course, lots of food and fun with some Philly flair is penciled in too.

Keep an eye out for details! Or e-mail at mbattistelli@napco.com

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