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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 or on Twitter at @JoeBolandFRS.


Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
The Fundraiser's Daily Grind
Jan 23, 2015

To give it your best you must be on top of your game and give 100 percent. Our jobs are...

Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Fundraisers: Let's Get Hungry Again
Jan 22, 2015

Often, the hungrier a fundraiser is, in terms of needing to acquire and retain donors, the more he or she...

Get Engaged

Margaret Battistelli
What's Cooking in 2015?
Jan 7, 2015

Here's your chance to chime in and help us paint a picture of trends and best practices across all aspects...

It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Looking for Donors? It's Inside Out
Jan 22, 2015

Nonprofit boards should conduct peer solicitations of themselves annually. Doing so both raises the commitment levels of individual board members...

Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Fundraising: It's Not the Pitch
Jan 21, 2015

Major-gifts fundraising isn't about "the pitch." It's not about a presentation. It is about having a meaningful conversation with prospective...

Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Year-End Email Under a Microscope
Jan 20, 2015

Steve MacLaughlin, director of analytics at Blackbaud, goes to great lengths to provide insight to us all, and he has...

Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
Microsoft Word: The Fundraiser’s Frienemy
Jan 19, 2015

We copywriters have powerful tools at our disposal. Microsoft Word probably leads the pack. It makes our jobs faster and...


Richard Perry
Critical Elements of a Major-Gifts Officer Job Description
Jan 19, 2015

Please be very diligent to write good job descriptions for each major-gifts officer. It is so important that these good...


Who's Up Next?
Why Nonprofits Should Run Like Businesses
Jan 13, 2015

Throughout my career, as a "reformed" lawyer, I have learned that in order to succeed in raising funds as a...

Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
Mega Donors Making Mega Gifts
Jan 7, 2015

The top 10 biggest charitable gifts in 2014 came to a combined total of an amazing $3.3 billion. Imagine that...

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...

2012 FS Lifetime Achievement Honoree Geoff Peters Named 2015 Max Hart Nonprofit Achievement Award Winner

The DMA Nonprofit Federation is honoring Geoff Peters, CEO of Moore Direct Marketing Group, for his dedicated service with the 2015 Max Hart Nonprofit Achievement Award.  Read More >>

DoGooder Video Awards Submission Period Now Open

It's DoGooder Video Awards time, and the submission period for the annual awards honoring the best videos that raise awareness, tell stories and inspire action for causes is open and runs through Feb. 8.  Read More >>

Infographic: 10 Fundraising Resolutions for 2015

By now, you've probably already noticed plenty of people falling behind on their New Year's resolutions. That's what makes it a perfect time to refresh those goals for the upcoming year. With that in mind, MobileCause, a could-based online fundraising platform, shares this infographic on the "Top 10 Fundraising Resolutions for 2015."  Read More >>

10 Secrets to Acquire Donors Online via Digital Technology

In his Fundraising Summit presentation, consultant and CFRE Roy C. Jones laid out 10 secrets to acquiring donors online through digital technology.

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Beyond Just Fundraising: Share Your Nonprofit Management Trends With FS

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 >>

Know Your Audience: When Direct Mail Goes Wrong

Fundraisers, take note: Don't make the same mistake GEICO did in this direct-mail piece. Make sure you always know your audience.  Read More >>


Infographic: The Science of Giving

Check out this infographic from Happify, and next time you ask someone for money, remember that giving is just as valuable to the giver as the recipient.  Read More >>

Podcast: Advice on Maximizing Your Return on Big Data for Nonprofit Fundraising

At a recent Wake Up Your Fundraising Breakfast Panel presented by FundRaising Success and sponsors Blackbaud and Listen Up Espanol, three fundraising professionals joined me in a discussion on maximizing your return on "big data" to enhance fundraising and relationships with donors.


Brown-Bagging It

Food and hunger nonprofits City Harvest and Philabundance utilize the "brown paper bag" outer envelope technique in these direct-mail fundraising campaigns. In this video, I show viewers how each of these nonprofits gets donors engaged in the packages in different ways. For access to more mailings like the ones seen here, visit

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Giving Tuesday Fundraising Thank-You to St. Baldrick's Foundation

As a special thank-you to St. Baldrick's for participating in our conference and for all the great work the organization does, in addition to the personal nature of cancer organizations, I volunteered to start a fundraising campaign for St. Baldrick's … and participate in shaving my head for the cause.  Read More >>

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.

Just the Stats (and Infographics): 2014 Give Local America Donor Data

On May 6 of this year, more than 300,00 donors gave more than $53 million to 7,000 nonprofits in 120 communities as part of Give Local America, making it the largest, single-day charitable crowdfunding event ever. Give Local America and nonprofit crowdfunding and technology provider Kimbia shared these stats and two infographics on Give Local donors.  Read More >>

Engage Virtual Workshop: A Conversation With the ALS Association

In an exciting, two-part webinar series FundRaising Success is hosting in partnership with Blackbaud and Charity Dynamics, the ALS Association is providing an exclusive, inside look at what happened this summer and what has happened since the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Read More >>

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