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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?
Donor vs. Investor: An Important Fundraising Distinction
Oct 31, 2014

What exactly is a nonprofit investor? There are several very distinct differences between nonprofit donors and nonprofit investors and how...

Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
When Have You Given Back?
Oct 31, 2014

I strongly encourage every person in our profession to volunteer and give back to help to others. Giving is what...

It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Running Into the New Year — How to Win With Year-End Fundraising
Oct 30, 2014

Focusing on high-cash giving not only maximizes actual year-end returns, but more importantly, builds motivation and commitment in the segment...

Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
3 Ideas to Improve (Almost) Any Fundraising Activity
Oct 30, 2014

Aren't your donors worth putting some extra effort into creating events and campaigns that are worth their time and, ultimately,...

Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
How Do We Attract, Develop and Retain Good Fundraisers?
Oct 29, 2014

There's an emerging movement to value talent, invest in the next generation, be open to change, and look for and...

Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
It Is a Time of Thanks and to Celebrate Giving!
Oct 29, 2014

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Take time today to be sure that you are maximizing this opportunity to...

Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
The Great Budget Excus … um … Debate
Oct 28, 2014

Budget management and budget cuts are never easy, but becoming stagnant and not trying to change is not the answer....


Jeff Schreifels
Major-Gifts Officers: Do You Have a Confidant?
Oct 27, 2014

Extend your hands, bring someone in and allow yourself to share the pressure of your work with someone else, where...

Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
Want More Loyalty? Grant These 6 Donor Wishes
Oct 27, 2014

It's not always easy to make your donors' wishes come true. But if you don't put forth the effort to...

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.

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 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 >>

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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