101fundraising archive of Best posts Q2 2016

Simply the Best: Top 10 blog posts! (Q2 2016)

By 101fundraising • July 7, 2016

It’s half time. And I’m not talking about the European Football Championships. We’ve just concluded our second quarter.
Again we have 10 gems for you. And Q2 shows us how international our crowdblog is with posts from the USA, Norway, Australia (2x), Canada (2x), UK (3x) and The Netherlands. Congrats to Karen for …

Thanking – my goodness it really works

By Joe Sutton • June 9, 2016

Donors like to be thanked and we like to thank donors. Don’t we?  Yes, particularly if it’s cheap and quick. Let me tell you what we did.  It was fairly cheap, not so quick, but rather simple. I also have some great evidence that it works for supporters. Hope and …

The acceptable face of fundraising targets

By Ken Burnett • May 26, 2016

If the donor experience, not fundraising targets, should be at the heart of future fundraising strategies, how will our organisations achieve what they need?
Some years ago I squirreled away a cryptic comment from a guy called Toby Bourke, former head of donor acquisition at Greenpeace International and director of fundraising …

Three Powerful Major Gift Questions You Might Not Be Asking

By Karen Osborne • May 23, 2016

You already know the importance of asking strategic questions and listening to understand (rather than to respond or even worse not listen and only react). Having strategic conversations with your donors, helps you establish rapport, build trust, uncover essential information and share your mission and vision in an interactive and …

Invest. Experience. Loyalty. Retention. Income. Repeat.

By Reinier Spruit • May 19, 2016

If you are able to keep your donors longer, you will raise more funds for your cause. Simple as that.
The simplest way I can explain it:
We invest in our staff and our fundraising programs. This should result in the best possible experience for both potential and existing donors. This influences …

A Brief History of Fundraising

By Giles Pegram • May 9, 2016

Once upon a time there was a need. A number of people recognised it and wanted to do something about it. They knew this would involve them giving money. That wasn’t a problem.
They needed to be organised, so they set up an office. An organisation. The government had decided that …

How to DIY a digital strategy that actually works

By Beate Sørum • April 18, 2016

Wouldn’t you like to relax and have a digital strategy that works, rather than chase the latest new social media channel and always wonder if you’re spending your time in the wrong place?
You can have that! Luckily, there’s a really simple framework for getting some zen and peace of mind. …

Fundraising’s biggest smokescreen

By Jonathon Grapsas • April 12, 2016

Warning: this post may offend some readers.
When was the last time you read a blog that waxed lyrical about retention and how if you really look after your donors it’ll be the equivalent of fundraising and donor nirvana?
Probably earlier today.
How often in the last 12 months has your board and …

British Fundraising Is in a Crisis – of Courage

By Sean Triner • April 7, 2016

As a fundraiser from the UK it  has been really upsetting for  me to watch how many UK fundraisers have been reacting to the negative press that is focused on charity fundraising.
Fundraising consultant Mark Lawson told me the charities’ reactions were mainly  “…lots of people saying ‘I told you so’ …

Don’t let 1,835 Cats KILL Your Fundraising

By Rory Green • March 30, 2016

Every year, my favourite charity saves 1,835 cats in Vancouver.
But they don’t talk to me about that. They tell me about one cat at a time. Why? Because they understand what makes a great thank you letter…
The thank you letter is an often neglected piece of donor communication. It sits, …