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Thank you Wally!

By Reinier Spruit • December 8, 2016

Although I’m proud of my own 16 years in fundraising I am fully aware that I’m just a rookie compared to some old-timers out there. This post is a short tribute to one of the greatest fundraisers of his generation: Gerhard Wallmeyer, also known as Wally.
At the end of the …

The trouble with vanilla…

By Lucy Gower • October 17, 2016

Over the years I’ve observed sparky, funny, passionate and clever people morph into vanilla shells of their former selves as they enter their office to get on with their professional job of being a fundraiser.
It’s a strange phenomenon. Somehow through our drive to excel in what we do – to …

Authentic Fundraising: The Clark Kent Approach

By Kimberly Mackenzie • September 29, 2016

When I introduced the Authentic Fundraiser I talked about the need for a less traditional sales approach. In this post I’m going to dig a little deeper into how “professional” fundraising professionals should be?
People have been practicing acts of philanthropy to address social needs for thousands of years. It is …

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 …

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 …

Four simple (but difficult) questions …

By Alan Clayton • December 7, 2015

… and one simple answer.
The greatest fundraisers asked and answered only four questions, repeatedly, for a long time. These questions are:
1. How do we make our proposition even better?
2. How do we improve our investment strategies?
3. How do we deliver these through other people?
4. How do we keep ourselves inspired?
We …

5 Tips to survive the insanely busy fundraising season

By Maeve Strathy • December 3, 2015

It’s the busiest time of the fundraising year.
We’re leveraging the giving spirit of the holiday season and the tax benefits of the end of the calendar year, and we’ve got appeals and asks coming out the wazoo.
Sure, we’ve got the holiday break ahead of us like a carrot in front …

Interviewing for a job? Be prepared to answer these questions.

By Joe Matassino • November 9, 2015

A lot happens in one year…
In 2014, I posted an article on the Top 5 Questions fundraisers should be asking in a job interview. Not realizing, at the time, I would get to put my words into action…many times over. Questions like:

Does the organization have a development plan?
How involved is …

Fundraiser – you can be the difference: 4 tips to get started on the right track

By Wayne McKenzie • October 8, 2015

A friend of mine has spent three years working with refugees on the border of Turkey and Syria. Sometimes the challenges were overwhelming, 16 hour days for weeks on end, as the stream of people continued to surge. What difference can one person make? Yet she did. She is a …

Can you learn from a Newbie?

By Alexander J. Morgan • September 24, 2015

Will my intern ever understand what I’m trying to say? The newbie has only ever volunteered before, don’t ask them. You’ve been doing this 6 months what would you know? In a couple of years I can see you being good at this job.
All of these things I have heard …