101fundraising archive of Best posts Q1 2016

Simply the Best: Top 10 blog posts! (Q1 2016)

By 101fundraising • April 1, 2016

Dear fundraising friends, the first quarter is gone already. What a first 3 months it has been.
We started the year with the very sad news that Tony Elischer passed away. In this fast moving world we want to share our thoughts one more time: It takes a crowd of us to do what …

The people who made relationship fundraising work

By Derek Humphries • March 14, 2016

I’ve stayed out of the current relationship fundraising debate, a little unsure what to say that I haven’t said many times already in the past 20+ years. But I found myself wondering why hasn’t the world embraced relationship fundraising? The obvious answer is that no one has done a good …

An example of greatness in donor appreciation and recognition

By Reinier Spruit • March 7, 2016

Last week Jeff Brooks reminded his readers how to write an effective thank you to your excellent donors. In order to “thank your donors so they really feel thanked” you need to know the following three things about your donor:
• Who is the Donor? (Show that you know who they …

The Joy of Giving

By Giles Pegram • February 29, 2016

In 1960 a 10 year old boy started a school newspaper, helped by some friends. He and his friends sold it in the playground for a penny a copy. They sold 100, and went on to produce it monthly. Buoyed by their success, the boy organised a jumble sale in …

The data that re-defines ‘good’ fundraising

By Charlie Hulme • February 22, 2016

Do you know who your best new donors are? Do you know who your best fundraisers are?
My guess is, if you’re honest with yourself, your answer to the first question is no, but to the second it’s yes (am I right?)
This new data changes everything!
For the first time ever it’s …

Exceeding Supporter Expectations with a WOW!

By Matthew Sherrington • February 15, 2016

I once had a rather nice Italian linen suit. Back in the day when a rather baggy disheveled look was cool. Or so I thought at the time. One day when I went to collect it from the dry cleaner’s, the manager rushed forward with some rather bad news. “I’m …

Why Digital Skills are Important to Fundraisers

By Paul C. Nazareth • February 11, 2016

The social-profit sector needs fundraisers to dive in to a digital way of living and thinking more than ever. And in 2016 if you aren’t,  you’re going to get left behind.  Here’s 3 reasons why digital skills are the must-build, right now:
1.Transparency and Passive-Engagement. It used to be that if …

When Fundraising Hurts: Vicarious Trauma, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue

By Rebecca Davies • February 5, 2016

“You mean there’s a name for this?” Said by me, exactly one year ago.
I’d just guest-lectured at Humber College on the topic of crisis communications in war zones and natural disasters. The professor, Ken Wyman, took me aside after my presentation and said I seemed a bit raw, that my …

I can’t get no (remuneration based on donor) satisfaction

By Adrian Sargeant • January 25, 2016

My previous blog on 101fundraising earlier this week outlined some of the key theories from social psychology that Rogare’s project to review relationship fundraising had suggested might be usefully applied to the discipline.
I now want to look at a slightly different aspect: the importance of donor satisfaction.
Models of relationships identify …

Choose relationship fundraising. Or not.

By Adrian Sargeant • January 21, 2016

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You’d be hard pushed to overstate how important the concept of ‘relationship fundraising’ is to many fundraisers. You only need to do a quick search on 101Fundraising to realise that.
But despite it being one of – if not – the dominant mode of thought about fundraising, there is remarkably little …