Margaux Smith | Blogger on 101fundraising
• 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 …
• 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.
• 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 …
• 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 …
• 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 …
• 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 …
• December 10, 2012
Before I left Toronto and moved to London last year, friends, family and fellow fundraisers sent me off with words of wisdom, plenty of hugs, and a few thoughtful parting gifts, small enough to fit in my suitcase. Among those gifts was something that has fundamentally changed the way I …
• September 24, 2012
I’m going to go out on a limb here and make an assumption about you. You’re a fundraiser because you want to change the world. I’m willing to bet you care pretty deeply about your cause and that’s where you draw your motivation from. (Or something to that effect.)
But see, …
• July 9, 2012
I’m writing this on the one-year anniversary of my move from Toronto to London, so you’re reading this one year after I started my career as a professional fundraiser, and what a lot has changed during that time. I’ve gone from fundraiser in theory, to fundraiser in practice; blogger, to …
• May 7, 2012
Exactly one year ago, I read a blog post that hit me like a punch in the gut. It was Austin Kleon’s How to Steal Like an Artist, and it got right down and spoke directly to everything I was struggling with at the time. I was about to finish grad school …
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