101fundraising archive of book review

Here be dragons

By Richard Turner • June 16, 2016

Fundraising needs to change. The way ahead is unchartered. It’s going to need those with courage, and an appetite to try the unknown – fundraisers willing to explore a different approach, feel the fear, and do it anyway.
Of course there are many who will not chose to tread such a …

The Call for Leaders

By Margaux Smith • November 6, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership lately. Why’s that? Because, after four years of becoming pretty darn good at what I do, 2015 will bring with it the next big learning – in a few months, I’ll be getting my very first full-time direct report.
It may be surprising to …

Retention Fundraising: adapt or die!

By Reinier Spruit • September 18, 2014

Almost 10 years ago Roger Craver gave me the book Moneyball from Michael Lewis. I was excited, because I have played ball since I was a kid. I love baseball. The book is about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane.
Roger told me it could widen …

What you must know (and a few things you probably don’t) as an international fundraiser

By Sarah Clifton • February 17, 2014

Philanthropy as we have known it is changing. And while donors continue to focus their time and money on the causes to which they have the most personal connection, our understanding of ‘community’ has evolved so fundamentally in the wake of globalisation that one may have just as much tangible …

30 Letters That Changed the World

By Rebecca Davies • July 29, 2013

I think that if I was writing fiction instead of remembering something that happened, I would never have given her that dress. – Alice Munro, “Voices”
We’re in the high holy days of Ontariocottaging right now and that means a book review. My selection this year:30 Letters that Changed the World: …

Now, Discover Your Strengths

By Margaux Smith • 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 …

Fundraising Almost Always Involves “Change”

By Mitchell Hinz • December 5, 2011

In 30 years of fundraising, I have never come across any organization that has fully embraced all the types of fundraising that they could be taking advantage of.  In other words, almost every NGO I know “leaves money on the table.”
(I can hear all the fundraising consultants out there saying …

Advice to a Professor

By Rebecca Davies • October 6, 2011

September 12, 2011
Dear Mr. Lipsyte,
Loved “The Ask”!
I’ve reviewed it, and wonder if you’d write a few words in response? We in the development world are really curious about your career choice for the protagonist, and how you researched the hard details of the profession.
I know the book has been reviewed …

Summer reading and toosh dev

By Rebecca Davies • July 7, 2011

That night I dreamed I was an indentured servant in colonial Philadelphia. Somehow, even in the dream, I sensed that I had once been a development officer in post-Colonial New York City.
We need every drop of philanthropy we can get. We must fasten our lips to the spigot and suck, …

Top 9 donor loyalty tweets!

By Reinier Spruit • March 2, 2011

First of all I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to the inaugural bloggers who’ve opened this crowdblog with some great blog posts!  We’ve seen 6 blog posts so far and I enjoyed every bit of them! Thank you Rebecca, Victor, Mitch, Margot, Julie and Lars!
Obviously there are a …