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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.

 

Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
Is Leadership Transition a Problem for You?
Jul 25, 2014

You cannot control leadership transition, but you can control how you deal with it and you can be prepared for...



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
Fundraising Special Events Report: Raising Money and Awareness
Jul 25, 2014

The goal of any fundraising event is to raise money for a worthy cause. However, according to the recently released...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Never Stop Asking Why
Jul 24, 2014

What if, instead of simply going with the flow, we started asking why? Here are some fundraising things worth asking...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
The Secret to a Smart Annual Fundraising Plan
Jul 23, 2014

When you make smart choices and set thoughtful priorities about where you are going to spend your time and resources,...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Picking Apart the 2014 Giving USA Stats
Jul 22, 2014

Are we back to pre-recession giving yet? Look to the 2014 Giving USA stats.
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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...



Connections

Jeff Schreifels
6 Ways to Influence Your CEO to Love Fundraising
Jul 21, 2014

This is crucial. Your organization will never grow if your top leader cannot embrace fundraising and understand it's a large...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
6 Ways to Strengthen the Heart of a Fundraising Letter
Jul 21, 2014

A great fundraising appeal or email can have many different variables. But a clear call to action must be a...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
5 Ways Nonprofits Can Gain Exposure Through Social Media
Jul 18, 2014

Learn how you can engage your supporters and keep them invested in your cause with five simple social-media tips....



Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
What Is Your Strategy to Make and Keep Connections?
Jul 16, 2014

Relationships can be magical when nurtured. Be sure that you are focused on the right professional relationships to ensure success...



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...



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 >>

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?

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'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 >>