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Editor-in-chief

Outrageous Hope

By Margaret Battistelli

About Margaret

Margaret's life in six words: Bountiful blessings, glorious chaos ... glitter included. 

Margaret has been with FundRaising Success since its inception in 2003. Before joining the magazine as its founding editor, she was an editor and writer for America Online; published PhillyFeast, a monthly magazine about food in and around Philadelphia; and held chief editor positions at a variety of newspapers and magazines in the Philadelphia area. She is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. Contact her at mbattistelli@napco.com.

 

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...



Connections

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...



ProSpeak

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....



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
St. Joseph's Indian School Responds to CNN's 'Fictitious Kids' Claims
Nov 19, 2014

St. Joseph's Indian School responds to CNN's claims that the school used fundraising letters "signed by fictitious kids." It's a...



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...



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...



Our Virtual Show Is Fast Approaching

The FundRaising Success Virtual Conference and Expo is free, and it's only a few weeks away, so be sure to register. More than 1,000 of your colleagues already have!  Read More >>

Chatting With the ALS Association

FundRaising Success is excited to be sitting down with the ALS Association to talk about what's happening in that organization in the aftermath of the social-media phenomenon, the Ice Bucket Challenge.
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Engage P2P Conference Is Next Week

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

As pink takes over the landscape in honor of breast cancer awareness, it's a reminder of the important place P2P fundraising can have in your overall strategy.
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Engage P2P: Keeping it Lively Right Up to the End

If your organization does P2P fundraising — or if you wish it would — I hope you'll join us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21.
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You Could Win a Free Pass to IFC in the Netherlands!

The IFC is taking place Oct. 14-17 this year and, in an exciting turn of events, is giving nonprofit fundraisers a chance to attend for free!  Read More >>

Engage P2P Keynote: Marty Coelho

Marty Coelho was one of the driving forces behind Relay for Life. You probably don't  know him in that context. But if your organization does or is considering doing peer-to-peer fundraising, you probably will want to hear what he has to say.  Read More >>

Do You P2P?

Or do you want to? Either way, you should plan on joining us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21.  Read More >>

Data: What EXACTLY Should You Be Measuring?

Like with most things in life, the key to generating solid data that will make a difference in your donor relationships and, subsequently, your fundraising is to go for quality over quantity.  Read More >>

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The Wild West of Social Media: How Do You Glean Donor Data on Social Media?

You know your donors and prospects are active on social media, and you know you should track donor data in this ever-evolving media. But how do you know what to look for and analyze when it comes to social-media data? On June 10, we'll host the Engage Virtual Workshop: Driving Donations With DataOpens in a new window to help attendees come to better understand and work with their data gathering and usage.

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Thanks for Writing

The fact that you care and are engaged enough to comment (even if you disagree with what you read) is so greatly appreciated.  Read More >>

Do You Have a Great Peer-to-Peer Story to Tell?

Has your organization pulled off a wildly successful peer-to-peer fundraising campaign? Or has a client? Or a colleague? Here's your chance to share it with the world.
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Are Your Suffering From Data Dread?

You know you need to gather donor data. But why? And more importantly, how? And what do you do with it once you've gathered it? Are you gathering too much? Or the wrong kind?  Read More >>

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