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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
Show Your Donors Some Love in the Holiday Season
Dec 17, 2014

Make your holiday greeting relevant. Make it work for you and your cause. And make it warm, fuzzy and touching...

Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Be Accessible to Your Donors at Year End!
Dec 17, 2014

Enjoy the holidays! But be sure that someone is either in your office or easily accessible to donors as they...


Who's Up Next?
Nobody Is Speaking About Direct-Mail Fundraising but Everyone Should Be
Dec 16, 2014

In a world pushing e-solicitations — for businesses and charities alike — does good, old-fashioned paper mail matter? My experience...

Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Is 1 Child Actually More Motivating Than 1 Million?
Dec 16, 2014

It's not the actual number that matters — it's the ability for a donor to feel like he or she...


Richard Perry
How Administrative Support for an MGO Nets More Money for the Nonprofit
Dec 15, 2014

If an MGO is expected to do all the in-office work as well as meet with donors, he cannot manage...

Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
The Iceberg Effect
Dec 12, 2014

Make sure people know what you want them to know about you. Try to control the message before it controls...

Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli
Our Virtual Show Is Today!
Nov 18, 2014

The FundRaising Success Virtual Conference and Expo is free, and it takes place today! It's not too late to register...

Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Clutter Can Kill Your Fundraising
Dec 11, 2014

The key message running through NextAfter's "5 Ways to Cut Through the Clutter With Your Year-End Fundraising" report (in my...

It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
The Real Cost of Overhead
Dec 11, 2014

Liz's worthy organization sought to be frugal for years. Not a bad thing. Gradually, but surely, this desire to be...

Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
5 Ways to Use One Powerful Fundraising Word
Dec 8, 2014

"Help" means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. You use it often in your fundraising...

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...

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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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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