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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.


Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
The Right Way to Ask
Nov 26, 2014

Always include the impact of the gift when you ask for money. This makes your ask feel not about the...

Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Gratitude in 3 Steps
Nov 26, 2014

"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share," said W. Clement Stone....

Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
Will This Bad Fundraising Idea Ever Die?
Nov 24, 2014

There's a lot of talk about the need for innovation in fundraising. As there should be. But before new ideas...


Jeff Schreifels
Are You Truly Thankful for Your Donors?
Nov 24, 2014

My question to you: Are you really thankful for all of your donors? Do they know how much they are...

Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
Consistent Performance Is Key
Nov 21, 2014

Think about your work performance, and strive to give it your best each day. You will drive home with a...


Who's Up Next?
Sustaining Your Sustainers: Taking Your Monthly Giving Program to the Next Level
Nov 21, 2014

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

Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
A Pre-Holiday Gift for Fundraisers: More Time
Nov 20, 2014

If you are hoping for a personal copy of Hermione's time turner, I can't help you (sorry, non-Harry Potter fans),...

It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Blasting Off With Social Media
Nov 20, 2014

Change is coming to philanthropy. Big change. Hoping it will "blow over" is not a workable response. Doing what you've...

Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
Our Virtual Show Is Fast Approaching
Nov 18, 2014

The FundRaising Success Virtual Conference and Expo is free, and it's only a few weeks away, so be sure to...

Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
You Need a Social Plan Before You Start Playing With the Social Channels
Nov 10, 2014

Why? Because 53 percent of you are not measuring your social-media efforts and 67 percent have no social-media strategy. We...

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...

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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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 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 >>

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 >>