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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.

 

Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Go With Your Gut
Aug 20, 2014

If you are struggling with an employee or a board member and your gut says to move him or her...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
'We Don't Want Your Money …'
Aug 20, 2014

This approach and these ideas can guide you to much, much bigger money. It's all in how you approach your...



Get What You Give

Joe Boland
The FundRaising Success ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge
Aug 20, 2014

Never one to miss out on the fun, FundRaising Success accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from DonorPro Nonprofit Fundraising Solutions,...



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
Can We Talk About What 'Not Interested' Means?
Aug 19, 2014

The next time you're tempted to say "I'm not interested," I highly recommend you break that down and understand what...



Connections

Jeff Schreifels
Are You Delighting Your Donors?
Aug 18, 2014

There are hundreds of ways to do just that. But none of them will do any good unless you actually...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
Are the People Reading Your Mail Ruining It?
Aug 18, 2014

Here are 17 ways to help others judge a fundraising letter.
...



Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
Flip the Agenda at Your Next Volunteer Board Meeting
Aug 15, 2014

Never stay satisfied with any meeting, agenda or process. It is everyone's responsibility to drive time, talent and treasure to...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Fundraising Is Not ...
Aug 14, 2014

Fundraising isn't painless — but the joy it brings makes our profession amazing.
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ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
The Perfect Recipe for Donor Prospect List Segmentation
Aug 11, 2014

Looking for the perfect recipe for donor prospect list segmentation? With just a few ingredients, you can tailor every donor...



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 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 >>

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 >>