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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...



What's Cooking in 2015?

Here's your chance to chime in and help us paint a picture of trends and best practices across all aspects of the nonprofit world in the new year.  Read More >>

Our Virtual Show Is Today!

The FundRaising Success Virtual Conference and Expo is free, and it takes place today! It's not too late to register and join in on the fun. More than 2,000 of your colleagues already have!  Read More >>

Chatting With the ALS Association

FundRaising Success is excited to be sitting down with the ALS Association to talk about what's happening in that organization in the aftermath of the social-media phenomenon, the Ice Bucket Challenge.
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Engage P2P Conference Is Next Week

Join FundRaising Success in Washington, D.C., next week for our inaugural peer-to-peer conference, Engage P2P: Redefining Peer to Peer.
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Fall's Changing Colors

As pink takes over the landscape in honor of breast cancer awareness, it's a reminder of the important place P2P fundraising can have in your overall strategy.
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Engage P2P: Keeping it Lively Right Up to the End

If your organization does P2P fundraising — or if you wish it would — I hope you'll join us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21.
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You Could Win a Free Pass to IFC in the Netherlands!

The IFC is taking place Oct. 14-17 this year and, in an exciting turn of events, is giving nonprofit fundraisers a chance to attend for free!  Read More >>

Engage P2P Keynote: Marty Coelho

Marty Coelho was one of the driving forces behind Relay for Life. You probably don't  know him in that context. But if your organization does or is considering doing peer-to-peer fundraising, you probably will want to hear what he has to say.  Read More >>

Do You P2P?

Or do you want to? Either way, you should plan on joining us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21.  Read More >>

Data: What EXACTLY Should You Be Measuring?

Like with most things in life, the key to generating solid data that will make a difference in your donor relationships and, subsequently, your fundraising is to go for quality over quantity.  Read More >>

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The Wild West of Social Media: How Do You Glean Donor Data on Social Media?

You know your donors and prospects are active on social media, and you know you should track donor data in this ever-evolving media. But how do you know what to look for and analyze when it comes to social-media data? On June 10, we'll host the Engage Virtual Workshop: Driving Donations With DataOpens in a new window to help attendees come to better understand and work with their data gathering and usage.

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Thanks for Writing

The fact that you care and are engaged enough to comment (even if you disagree with what you read) is so greatly appreciated.  Read More >>

Do You Have a Great Peer-to-Peer Story to Tell?

Has your organization pulled off a wildly successful peer-to-peer fundraising campaign? Or has a client? Or a colleague? Here's your chance to share it with the world.
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