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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.



Who's Up Next?
Surround Sound Fundraising
Oct 24, 2014

While the old techniques — direct mail and telemarketing — still work and generate responses, they alone are no longer...

It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Getting It Right the First Time
Oct 23, 2014

When making an organizational shift, we almost always want to start with a process, a thing that is easy to...

Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Fundraisers, Don't Ignore the Competition
Oct 23, 2014

There is too much competition for your donors' attention and dollars to make fundraising a narcissistic exercise....

Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
The Fastest Way to Ruin Your Appeal Letter
Oct 22, 2014

Be explicit, don't beat around the bush, get to the point and be clear in your fundraising appeal letter. You'll...

Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Major Gifts: People Aren't Always Who or What They Seem
Oct 22, 2014

There are many ways to prospect for potential major donors. But to really uncover opportunity, there is no substitute for...

Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Giving Tuesday: I’ve Changed My Mind
Oct 21, 2014

Is Giving Tuesday about raising awareness or raising money — or both?...


Richard Perry
What Should Your Total Caseload Value Be?
Oct 20, 2014

It is very important to have a clear handle on what your caseload value currently is and if that number...

Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
The Best Birthday Gift of All
Oct 17, 2014

Think about ways your organization can partner with others to help those in need. It may stir your passion toward...

Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
Engage P2P Conference Is Next Week
Oct 15, 2014

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

Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
More Usage Mistakes Writers Make
Oct 13, 2014

Part 2 of my alphabetical list of writing mistakes that are easy to make but important to avoid.

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: 5 Steps for Effective Donor Cultivation

Dan Germain, vice president of business development at Small World Labs, tackled cultivation best practices, which certainly should be applied to any type of donor cultivation, whether the donors came in through a peer-to-peer campaign or not. Germain, who is both a presenter and planning committee member for Engage P2P, provided these "5 Steps for Effective Donor Cultivation":  Read More >>

Online Fundraising: The Hidden Costs of Credit Card Donation Fees

For many organizations, it's easy to take that initial credit card transactions contract for granted and basically forget about it. But that may be a mistake, as many nonprofits pay higher rates than they need to, meaning less money going to the mission and more money going to payment processing fees.  Read More >>

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Engage P2P: Just 1 Week Away! Register Now!

Believe it or not, we're two full weeks into October, which means the year-end fundraising season is right around the corner - and that Engage P2P: Redefining Peer to Peer, the newest FundRaising Success conference, is just one week away!


Engage P2P Spotlight: 3 Keys to Year-End Giving Success

Last October, Amy Braiterman, manager of peer-to-peer strategic services for Blackbaud, provided "3 Keys to Year-End Giving Success," noting that "Fundraising in the nonprofit world is certainly uncertain, but there’s one thing that we can count on: December."


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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: It's Not About Who You Know; It's About Who They Know

"In my view, all fundraising is peer-to-peer." That's how Jeff Shuck, CEO of Plenty Consulting, opened his session yesterday at bbcon, Blackbaud's annual conference. "… It's not about who we know. It's about who they know."  Read More >>

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bbcon 2014: RJ Mitte and the Importance of Celebrity Ambassadors Living the Cause

Actor RJ Mitte, the keynote speaker at Blackbaud's annual bbcon conference, isn't just a celebrity face for a nonprofit. He truly lives the cause of Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Read More >>

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Engage P2P Spotlight: 5 Follow-Ups for Better Online Donor Retention

Peer-to-peer fundraising adds another difficult layer to the retention equation. Often, donors to peer-to-peer campaigns donate at the behest of a friend or family member. Oftentimes, they have little or no affinity for the organization itself — they simply donate to help someone they know raise money for a cause that person cares about.


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Engage P2P Infographic: One Month of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Check out this infographic from online fundraising platform RallyBound on what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge helped the ALS Association accomplish in just one month.

Engage P2P Spotlight: 3 Ways to Successfully Incorporate Independent Fundraising Events

Engage P2P Advisory Board member Cassidy Richards, principal consultant at online marketing agency and a sponsor of Engage P2P Charity Dynamics, shares three ways to successfully incorporate independent fundraising events for your organization.

Special Events Software: Saving Time and Effort for Fundraising Events

As fundraisers, you know what goes in to planning an event, but it's easy to overlook how time-consuming certain aspects of actually executing a special event can be. Events software can help alleviate some of those issues and take the stress off the plate of fundraisers and event managers.  Read More >>

Innovative Fundraising: Donation-Based Voting Music Competition

This innovative challenge combines the popularity of music competitions and fan voting with donating and fundraising in a very interactive way. Plus, it encourages peer-to-peer sharing and fundraising as well, and clearly aligns with the mission to promote and support music education.  Read More >>

3 Ways to Improve Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events With Facebook

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Engage P2P Spotlight: Responsive Design Vital for Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Websites

Fundraisers know how big a role mobile plays in peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, which makes responsive design a must for your event website.  Read More >>