Margaux Smith, Blogger on 101fundraising

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

Relationships vs. Results

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

Are you ignoring those who love you most?

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

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

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

Lessons Learned From My Own Advice

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

4 Lessons in Engagement From a Shack in the Woods

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

7 things that will make you a better fundraiser

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 …

Now, Discover Your Strengths

By Margaux Smith • December 10, 2012

Now, Discover Your Strengths

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 …

I don’t need to change the world. I just want to change your mind.

By Margaux Smith • September 24, 2012

I don’t need to change the world. I just want to change your mind.

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, …

Why I Love (And Feel Uncomfortable About Loving) Legacy Fundraising

By Margaux Smith • July 9, 2012

Why I Love (And Feel Uncomfortable About Loving) Legacy Fundraising

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 …

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