Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy

Major Fundraising Campaigns Are Alive and Effective

Larger campaigns are alive and well and can be incredibly effective. When the time is right, take advantage of the benefits of a major campaign. Always look to the unique circumstances of your organization to craft the best path to increased fundraising success and mission effectiveness.



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore

Are Your Facebook Fans Really Loyal?

Facebook is about "quality" and what you do — or don't. Read More >>


Outside Counsel

Willis Turner

A Donor at Rest Tends to Stay at Rest: 6 Ways to Motivate Donors

Your job as a fundraiser is to be the outside force that puts your donor in motion, emotionally and physically, so he or she cares about your mission and cares enough to make a gift. Here are six ways to jump-start the process.


Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad

Give the Next Generations of Fundraising a Seat at the Table

I suggest you establish a mentoring program where you could mentor a young professional year-round whose desire is to make a career in the nonprofit world. What have you done to promote the concept and spirit of philanthropy with the next generation? Read More >>


Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden

Old Fundraising Ways, New Fundraising Ways

How do you identify what old fundraising methods are worth keeping alive and what new methods can have a positive bottom-line impact? Or in other words, how do you avoid staying with what’s comfortable even when it’s on life support or chasing what’s new just because it looks fun? A good place to start is by asking yourself these questions. Read More >>


Get What You Give

Joe Boland

Time to Engage!

It's finally here. It's been roughly 11 months since our inaugural Engage Conference, and after such wonderful response and participation last year, we here at FundRaising Success knew we had to keep it going. And now the day is finally just here, with the second annual Engage Conference all set for tomorrow at the WHYY building in Philadelphia. Read More >>



Who's Up Next?

7 Steps to Retain Your Fundraisers

Focus group respondents revealed a need for leaders to better configure the shared values, style, structure, systems, staffing and strategy within their organizations. The study’s findings were used to construct seven corrective action steps for nonprofit leaders managing the daily activities of charitable fundraisers.


Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli

Circle Up at the Engage Roundtables!

What I love about the roundtables is that they are almost completely attendee-driven. The moderators say a quick hi and share an overview of the topic, but then the discussion is steered by the questions posed by the guests at the table. Read More >>


Raising the Possibilities

Thaddeus B. Kubis

Recurring Themes: The Case for Integrated Marketing Communications, Part 2

Recent discussions focus on a myriad of topics, but in the past two months, the recurring targeted topics seem to include the following: cold calling, converting supporters into superstars, the education angle, increased brand awareness, determining what is fundraising ROI, how to apply for grants, the correct use of social media, and planning and executing events. In part 1, I covered the first half of these themes. Here, I tackle the remaining themes.



Hump Day Hullabaloo

Jo Sullivan

Hump Day Hullaballoo: Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway

This week, as I transition into my new position as interim executive director at Save the Chimps, we're talking about change — its inevitability; its power to invoke fear; and ultimately, our power to overcome that fear, ride out the transition and embrace any brave, new worlds that result from it. Read More >>