101fundraising archive of Best posts Q4 2012

2nd Annual Dutch Fundraising Growth Awards!

By Reinier Spruit • December 3, 2012

Welcome to the second edition of the Annual Dutch Fundraising Growth Awards! Ok, not really an award show, but we’re gonna talk about Dutch market figures, fundraising growth and ranking the best fundraising organizations. And you have to admit, the title is catchy!
I have changed two things compared to last …

Retention Song

By Reinier Spruit • November 19, 2012

If you are really going for retention in 2013 you have to record the Retention Song with your Fundraising team. I’ve especially adapted Bob Marley’s lyrics for everyone to embrace the area of retention. So, just do it. Get out your camera and tape it. It will increase your retention …

Charity Crowdfunding: what’s in it for you?

By Vera Peerdeman • November 8, 2012

As a fundraiser you’ve probably heard it before: crowdfunding. Did you know that in 2011 almost $ 1.5 billion was raised through crowdfunding platforms worldwide? And the sky seems to be the limit with this fundraising technique.

Cry me a river: WHY and HOW emotions can save fundraising and the non profit world

By Francesco Ambrogetti • November 5, 2012

When was the last time you had a discussion with your board or with communication colleagues because they felt that the images of the last campaign were “too emotional”? And do you remember when you tried to control your heart beat, your sweat or your tears in front of a …

The best tip of the whole IFC!

By Gerbren Deves • November 1, 2012

Two weeks ago I attended my 7th IFC in a row and I had great fun. Every time I go through all my notes in the weekend after the IFC, to think about the things I’ve learned, and make sure not to forget about these things while drowning in work …

The ‘F’ word

By Alison McCants • October 29, 2012

Taking risks and failure go with the territory.
(Image © francesconegri)
Coming back to the office after IFC, I made an overarching discovery that touches on everything else I learned: I am terrified of failure.
And I don’t think I’m alone. I don’t think I am the only fundraiser who, when faced with …

Want To Raise More Money? Then Stop Asking For It!

By Charlie Hulme • October 25, 2012

Because the definition of insanity is to repeatedly do the same thing and expect a different result. Up to 40% of new monthly givers in the UK lapse within months of sign up. How much worse does it have to get before we decide to do something about it?! …

Time to wake up to e-F2F

By David Cravinho • October 8, 2012

Today, all over the world, thousands of ordinary people will decide to start doing something amazing. Every month, they’ll give their hard-earned money to causes that they may never have heard of before, to help people they will never meet or protect places that they will never visit.

Can Thank You Notes be BAD?

By Karen Osborne • September 27, 2012

Just writing them is enough, right?
A few Sundays ago, I read an article in the Jobs section of my local newspaper, “The Journal News,”
“Don’t forget the ‘thank you.’”  The author, Susan Ricker of careerbuilder.com, was discussing the attributes of a good thank you note after a job interview and it …

I don’t need to change the world. I just want to change your mind.

By Margaux Smith • September 24, 2012

I’m going to go out on a limb here and make an assumption about you. You’re a fundraiser because you want to change the world. I’m willing to bet you care pretty deeply about your cause and that’s where you draw your motivation from. (Or something to that effect.)
But see, …