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


Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
I Got to Engage. Now It's Your Turn!
Apr 18, 2014

We all have a habit of going to work, doing our jobs and then going home. Have you thought of...

Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Welcome to the Family Reunion!
Apr 17, 2014

Most nonprofit organizations consider their donors "family." That means that every time you talk to a donor, send a letter...

Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Major Fundraising Campaigns Are Alive and Effective
Apr 16, 2014

Larger campaigns are alive and well and can be incredibly effective. When the time is right, take advantage of the...

Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Are Your Facebook Fans Really Loyal?
Apr 15, 2014

Facebook is about "quality" and what you do — or don't....

Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
A Donor at Rest Tends to Stay at Rest: 6 Ways to Motivate Donors
Apr 14, 2014

Your job as a fundraiser is to be the outside force that puts your donor in motion, emotionally and physically,...

Get What You Give

Joe Boland
Time to Engage!
Apr 9, 2014

It's finally here. It's been roughly 11 months since our inaugural Engage Conference, and after such wonderful response and participation...


Who's Up Next?
7 Steps to Retain Your Fundraisers
Apr 9, 2014

Focus group respondents revealed a need for leaders to better configure the shared values, style, structure, systems, staffing and strategy...

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...

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 >>

Are You Ready to Engage?

Face it, if you're involved in any way with the fundraising community, the topic of engagement is almost always on your mind. That's where next week's Engage conference in Philadelphia can help.

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Come Engage With Us!

We're bringing the popular Engage Conference back to Philadelphia on April 10. Once again it will be held in the shadow of the Liberty Bell at WHYY in Old City. And once again it will offer a great lineup of scintillating speakers, roundtable discussion, and lots of opportunities to network and get your questions answered.

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Ready to Engage in 2014?

Have you ever looked at organizations such as Food For The Poor, City Harvest or the Coast Guard Foundation and wondered how they do it? And more importantly, how your organization can do it too?


'Fundraising the Dead'

Erica Waasdorp takes over my blog to review "Fundraising the Dead," a novel set in Philadelphia where the main character is a fundraiser.  Read More >>

Looking for a New Job?

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) is looking to recruit a new director of development.  Read More >>

Do You Know a Fundraising Star?

The submission period for the 2014 Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards is now open!  Read More >>

2013 State of Employment for Nonprofit Organizations Report

"It's a tight market for employers, and our survey tells us that only 33 percent of employers offer a formal training program for new hires," says Greg Albright, founder and chief communications officer at Production Solutions and PS Digital.  Read More >>

Live from the International Fundraising Congress — Day 4

Could you be a speaker at next year's International Fundraising Congress? Time to start thinking about it.  Read More >>

Live from the International Fundraising Congress — Day 3

Fundraisers and campaigns from around the world are honored in the Global Awards for Fundraising.  Read More >>

Live From the International Fundraising Congress — Day 2

The International Fundraising Congress team greets attendees at the airport and gears up for a rousing day of master classes.  Read More >>

Can You Give to Me Now?

Does it make sense to encourage people to text to give NOW when they're reading your message in a place with no signal?  Read More >>