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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.

 

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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?...



Connections

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...



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
Engage P2P Spotlight: 5 Steps for Effective Donor Cultivation
Oct 16, 2014

Dan Germain, vice president of business development at Small World Labs, tackled cultivation best practices, which certainly should be...



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.
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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 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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Circle Up at the Engage Roundtables!

What I love about the roundtables is that they are almost completely attendee-driven. The moderators say a quick hi and share an overview of the topic, but then the discussion is steered by the questions posed by the guests at the table.  Read More >>

Look Who's Talking at Engage!

Not only do speakers at Engage reside over our in-depth cases studies and delve deep into attendees' concerns and questions, but they're available all day long to chat and further explore whatever it is the audience is looking to explore.  Read More >>