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Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad

Consistent Performance Is Key

Think about your work performance, and strive to give it your best each day. You will drive home with a good feeling knowing you gave it your best, and others will notice.            



Who's Up Next?

Sustaining Your Sustainers: Taking Your Monthly Giving Program to the Next Level

The key to success with monthly giving programs is stewardship. Building and maintaining strong relationships with monthly donors are essential. Read More >>


Get What You Give

Joe Boland

St. Joseph's Indian School Responds to CNN's 'Fictitious Kids' Claims

St. Joseph's Indian School responds to CNN's claims that the school used fundraising letters "signed by fictitious kids." It's a lesson in responding to negative press.


Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden

A Pre-Holiday Gift for Fundraisers: More Time

If you are hoping for a personal copy of Hermione's time turner, I can't help you (sorry, non-Harry Potter fans), but if you are already using outside resources (writers, designers, full-service agencies, etc.) for your donor communications, there are ways you can free up more of your time without spending more money. Here are some "system tweaks" that may help.



It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson

Blasting Off With Social Media

Change is coming to philanthropy. Big change. Hoping it will "blow over" is not a workable response. Doing what you've always done is a prescription for extinction. But neither is simply taking action based upon our own perspectives and experience.



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry

Should You Adopt a 'Give or Get' Policy for Your Board?

Don't abandon your board members when it comes to their fundraising responsibilities. Help them get there. Show them what to do. Give them training. And have some fun with it all!


Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy

That Fancy Brochure Isn't Going to Raise a Dime

Don't let the journey for "impressive" materials take the focus away from the right strategy and making inspiring visits with prospective donors.


Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli

Our Virtual Show Is Fast Approaching

The FundRaising Success Virtual Conference and Expo is free, and it's only a few weeks away, so be sure to register. More than 1,000 of your colleagues already have! Read More >>



Richard Perry

8 Steps to Take During Difficult Times

Tough times require a far greater amount of vigilance and discipline on your part and on the part of your organization and leadership. It's time to step it up a notch!!


Outside Counsel

Willis Turner

4 Things I Hate About Social-Media Fundraising

True, you can use the handle of a screwdriver as a hammer, but it is harder and does a less effective job. Here are four key challenges I see to trying to use social media as a fundraising tool. Read More >>


Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore

You Need a Social Plan Before You Start Playing With the Social Channels

Why? Because 53 percent of you are not measuring your social-media efforts and 67 percent have no social-media strategy. We all know that is not the best approach. Read More >>


Donor Trippin'

Nick Allen

Is There an App for Us?

Got an idea for an app that could connect a charity or nonprofit with its supporters and beneficiaries in an ongoing way, one that could become part of their daily or at least weekly lives? 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 >>