Margaux Smith, Blogger on 101 Fundraising

Believe the Hype (Cycle)

By Margaux Smith • June 8, 2015

How many of you have been frustrated by the hype of the ‘next big thing’? Our whole sector experienced it last year when #nomakeupselfie and the #icebucketchallenge took off – ‘create a campaign just like that for us’ said our boards and bosses.
You and I know that’s not really the …

Why I’m Not a Fan of Welcome Packs

By Margaux Smith • February 16, 2015

‘Hate’ would be too strong a word. I really just think we can all do so much better.
I know every charity that sends a welcome pack to new donors has the best of intentions. We really are so grateful that someone has made the choice to give to the cause …

The Call for Leaders

By Margaux Smith • November 6, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership lately. Why’s that? Because, after four years of becoming pretty darn good at what I do, 2015 will bring with it the next big learning – in a few months, I’ll be getting my very first full-time direct report.
It may be surprising to …

Where my girls at?*

By Margaux Smith • July 21, 2014


*Ahem – women
Let me start by saying, this is not a new topic to address in a blog. But I feel that the issue of female leadership in fundraising is something we need to keep talking about.
So talking is exactly what I’ve been doing. I spent a few days discussing this …

Relationships vs. Results

By Margaux Smith • April 7, 2014

This is a tough one.
Since I’ve been working in fundraising, and especially over the past year, I’ve been noticing the similarities and the differences between fundraisers that I really admire.
They all live by the principles of Relationship Fundraising, but some really take donor-love to the next level, while others …

Are you ignoring those who love you most?

By Margaux Smith • November 18, 2013

It’s pretty much impossible to be a fundraiser these days and not be thinking an awful lot about retention. As a sector, we’re losing more donors than we’re bringing in, and it’s getting scary to think about where we might be in 10 or 20 years if this keeps up.
Like …

How a big change (and a little more maturity) taught me 3 new lessons

By Margaux Smith • September 9, 2013

So, in a few weeks time, it’ll be my birthday, yet again, and I’m getting a little uncomfortable with how close 30 has become. I’m well aware that age is just a number, but the irrational part of my brain still has silly fears about getting older. Am I accomplishing …

Lessons Learned From My Own Advice

By Margaux Smith • July 15, 2013

I’ve had a hard time sitting down to write this. Not because it’s hard to write about, but because it’s been far too long since I’ve sat down to write! You see, I actually acted upon my own advice and got away from my desk – far away this time.
Before arriving …

4 Lessons in Engagement From a Shack in the Woods

By Margaux Smith • April 22, 2013

The greatest job I ever had was working for the Wild Bird Care Centre in a small, log cabin in a forest just outside the capital city of Canada. I loved every minute of my three years there, and only left when grad school forced me to move to …

7 things that will make you a better fundraiser

By Margaux Smith • February 11, 2013

Three years ago, I didn’t even know fundraising was a profession. (Some of the contributors to this blog have been raising money for charity since I was a baby!) But when I arrived, I threw myself into the deep end and have consequently learned a great deal in a short …

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