101fundraising archive of Best posts Q1 2013

3 storytelling lessons

By Usha Menon • February 28, 2013

Here is an analogy to fundraising from the Sanskrit scriptures that I have derived many lessons from. It is about Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya, who were tasked by their parents to go around the world three times. While Kartikeya set out on the task immediately, circumambulating the globe as …

Dear Fundraiser: What, exactly, is Your “Product”?

By Mitchell Hinz • February 25, 2013


I’ve been reading Peter Drucker lately.  In case you don’t know, Peter Drucker was one of the first management gurus of the 50’s, and one of the most influential of all times.  As Mr. Drucker got older, he turned his talents to nonprofits, first opening a foundation for nonprofit management, …

Fundraise Scared

By Rebecca Davies • February 18, 2013

In 2011, I helped raise $30 million.
In 2012, I helped raise $300,000. And I was just as proud.
This was when I was on maternity leave. Toronto city council voted to close a number of facilities and services for the 2012 budget year, including the High Park Zoo. In existence since …

7 things that will make you a better fundraiser

By Margaux Smith • February 11, 2013

Three years ago, I didn’t even know fundraising was a profession. (Some of the contributors to this blog have been raising money for charity since I was a baby!) But when I arrived, I threw myself into the deep end and have consequently learned a great deal in a short …

The Big Chill: can we cure donor’s emotional breakdown?

By Francesco Ambrogetti • February 4, 2013

We had all hoped it would go better with time and we tried to ignore it. But the disease is still here, how is it possible?  Is it me or is everyone experiencing the same? Everybody is tweeting and blogging about this virus eating away our income and infecting our …

Plot Your Course for 2013 Leadership and Major Gift Success

By Karen Osborne • January 28, 2013

By now, you have crunched your year-end numbers from leadership annual and major gifts and know exactly where you landed in 2012.  What worked, and what didn’t work.  For too many of us, we track progress against goals and compare last year to this year as the ways to measure …

Knock knock! Who’s there? Opportunity!

By Reinier Spruit • January 24, 2013

When I moved houses last year I used the postal company to forward my mail to my new address. This service also allowed me to let my utility suppliers, insurance companies and charities know that I have moved, the postal company’s online platform let me  tick the boxes of those …

What are your new year’s resolutions?

By Vera Peerdeman • January 21, 2013

Last week Esta Magazine (a Dutch glossy) published an article on three ‘professions of the future’. And guess what? According to them ‘fundraiser’ is one of these professions. A journalist approached me (and my dog) for an interview on what it’s like being a fundraiser. Her questions made me think: …

This blog is a bit of a rant

By Lucy Gower • January 17, 2013

About 12 years ago I was stopped by a street fundraiser, who asked me to sign up for a Direct Debit. The charity that they were fundraising for will remain nameless. However I had volunteered for them in the past so I was only to pleased to be asked to …

A reminder about making rice and similar fundamentals

By Ken Burnett • January 10, 2013

Why once a year at least we should all revisit the basics of our trade.
I remember being told, a while ago, that you don’t get to be a martial arts black belt by practicing 14,000 different moves, you get to be a black belt by practising just 14 moves, 1,000 …