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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.


Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
I Just Don't Understand the Bitcoin Opportunity
Sep 16, 2014

Am I too old or just not opening my eyes to see the fundraising opportunity of Bitcoin?...

Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
I Wrote This Just for You
Sep 15, 2014

There's a danger in being a smart, experienced, seen-it-all fundraiser. It's too easy to project your own sophistication onto your...


Jeff Schreifels
The Monopoly Mentality — Why It Will Kill Major Gifts
Sep 15, 2014

Remember, everyone wants the donors on your caseload. What are you going to do to stand out?...

Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
So You Want a Successful Nonprofit Fundraising Job Interview?
Sep 12, 2014

The interview process in the nonprofit fundraising sector is what you make of it, but having a proper interview process...

Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
A Confession — and a Challenge to Fundraisers
Sep 11, 2014

I have been blessed by generous people who provided learnings and suggestions as I traveled my (so far) 35-year journey...

Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
Engage P2P: Keeping it Lively Right Up to the End
Sep 9, 2014

If your organization does P2P fundraising — or if you wish it would — I hope you'll join us in...

Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
How Do You Serve Your Donors?
Sep 10, 2014

Do donors believe that we are there, to help them, no matter what? And are we?...

Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
How to Activate Your Board Members' Energy for Fundraising
Sep 10, 2014

You have a wonderful opportunity to educate your board members about what good fundraising really looks like. This is the...


Who's Up Next?
Gamification: Incentivize Your Constituents to Act
Sep 2, 2014

"Gamification" is one of those buzzwords that makes its way around the nonprofit and marketing worlds every so often. Maybe...

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...

Engage P2P Spotlight: Getting Started With Independent Fundraising Events

In a little more than a month, FundRaising Success hosts its brand-new conference, Engage P2P: Redefining Peer-to-Peer Fundraising. We have a wonderful lineup of presenters and advisors, including Cassidy Richards, principal consultant at  online marketing agency and a sponsor of Engage P2P Charity Dynamics.


Fundraising Trends: United Way Hops on the Bitcoin Donations Bandwagon

The United Way has jumped on the Bitcoin bandwagon, joining several nonprofits in accepting Bitcoin donations. Should your fundraising department hop on board with Bitcoin as well?

Fundraising: 'Big Data' Is Actually About the Small Data

The term "Big Data" gets tossed around an awful lot these days, no matter if you're talking the business sector or nonprofit fundraising sector. But "big data is really about the small data," said David Acup, managing director of interactive marketing and membership at the Environmental Defense Fund.  Read More >>

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Engage P2P Spotlight: Fundraisers Can Learn a Thing or 2 From Business Intelligence

The new FundRaising Success conference, Engage P2P: Redefining Peer-to-Peer Fundraising, takes place Oct. 21. Take a look back at speaker Dan Germain's article on how fundraisers can learn a thing or two from business intelligence.  Read More >>

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Help Your Participating Fundraisers Become Great Fundraisers

Fundraising software provider Blackbaud shared an interesting, interactive infographic on peer-to-peer fundraising. The infographic and accompanying 2013 Blackbaud Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study look at the key performance indicators for walk, 5K, cycling and endurance fundraising events. Those KPIs are loyalty, donation, level and fundraising performance.  Read More >>

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Final Call: 2014 FundRaising Success Gold Awards Entries Due Tomorrow!

The final deadline for the 2014 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence is tomorrow, so overnight those entries and join in celebrating some of the best fundraising campaigns around.  Read More >>

Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence Final Deadline Friday!

The deadline for the 2014 FundRaising Success Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence is now Aug. 29 — and note, that's delivery, not postmark. In order to get the judging and write-ups done in time for the October issue, that's the final date we can accept awards, period.  Read More >>

Gold Awards Flashback: Covenant House (2013 Website of the Year)

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The FundRaising Success ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge

Never one to miss out on the fun, FundRaising Success accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from DonorPro Nonprofit Fundraising Solutions, and yesterday, the FundRaising Success team, including sister brand Target Marketing, completed the challenge and made a donation, which you can view below.  Read More >>

Gold Awards Flashback: Findlay Hancock County Community Foundation (2013 Social Media Campaign of the Year)

Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence Deadline Less Than 1 Week Away!

Believe it or not, we've already surpassed the midway point of August. That means the deadline for the the ninth annual FundRaising Success Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence is fast-approaching. In fact, it's less than one week away!


Gold Awards Flashback: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (2011 Email Campaign of the Year)

5 Creative, Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaigns

Online fundraising platform RallyBound recently unveiled the "Top 5 Wildest Nonprofit Fundraisers," highlighting five extremely creative — and successful — peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns.  Read More >>