101fundraising archive of Best posts Q1 2015

Simply the Best: Top 10 blog posts! (Q1 2015)

By 101fundraising • April 11, 2015

Hello everyone! The first Top 10 of 2015 is a fact. Again 10 awesome posts. With a range of interesting topics. What is your favorite?
Congrats to Charlie for his #1 post about donor retention!
We hope that you can do your part in our community and share these posts with your own fundraising …

A retention vision like Billie Holiday

By Reinier Spruit • March 16, 2015

Across the charity sector we literally spend days on the creation of boardroom presentations, we meet for hours in cross-functional working groups, and the other half of the day we’re either in one-on-one or team meetings… We’re all taking selfies. It’s all “Me, Myself and I“. But we’re looking the …

A tale of two donors

By Charlie Hulme • March 9, 2015

or The ENORMOUS difference in value between ‘what’ and ‘why’
Charlotte and Emily have never met. They are the same age, live in the same area, have the same income, the same outgoings and the same number of children.
Three years ago today both were out shopping when, independently, they stopped …

Why so many organisations fail at Facebook

By Beate Sorum • March 2, 2015

If you find Facebook is not really working for your organisation, I am willing to bet that it is not Facebook’s fault – it’s yours. Too many take too lightly on their social media work – and get the results to match it. No such thing as a free lunch …

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 …

Trustees/Board Members: Best friends or worst enemies?

By Richard Radcliffe • February 12, 2015

Those responsible for the governance of non-profits are often our worst enemies when they could be our best friends.  (I am referring to volunteer leaders)
Let me quote a poem from a great British poet – Roger Mc Gough. It is a short poem:
I wanna be the leader
I wanna be the …

Are You Addicted to Acquisition (AA)?

By Ece Ünver • January 26, 2015

“Hi, I am fundraiser and I’m addicted to acquisition.”
Dear fundraiser, let’s start our day by admitting our addiction. We’re all obsessed with the idea of “new”: our new fundraising campaign, testing crowd-funding, creating best call to actions to attract prospects. Our final campaign was cutting edge; we achieved raising more …

How to reduce attrition 50% by doing (almost) nothing

By Charlie Hulme • January 22, 2015

This is how my daughter plays hide and seek. She thinks if she can’t see me then I can’t see her.
In defence of her strategy she’s only two years old. But isn’t this exactly the same approach we take with the people we label our ‘supporters’? We act like …

Why use the ‘WHY’ in 2015?

By Vera Peerdeman • January 19, 2015

Have you heard about the ‘why’? And why it’s so important to find the ‘why’ of your organization in order to raise more money? I guess you do. You’ve probably read about it in books, or heard about it during conferences. You’ve maybe even organized a workshop about it with …

Does being donor-focused have to mean giving donors choice?

By Matthew Sherrington • January 12, 2015

Give donors more choice over where their money goes. It sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? If we want to be supporter-focused, and help them feel genuinely close to the mission, why wouldn’t we let supporters direct their funding? And isn’t crowd-funding such a great idea to enable that?
Well, offering …