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Dear events. Meet direct marketing.

By Jonathon Grapsas • March 27, 2014

I’m an unabashed direct marketer. Turned fundraiser. Or if we’re being pedantic, direct response fundraiser.
I live and die by results. It’s why (I think) our clients like working with us. No fluff, no window dressing. Just out and out obsession with producing great results.
Facetiously, it’s in part why I never …

Spring and Special Events – Magical or Deadly?

By Karen Osborne • February 24, 2014

For readers in the northern hemisphere, spring special event season is just around the corner. And they can be deadly.
Back-to-back events, exhausting staff and volunteers, not netting enough, no time for follow-up from one because another is on its heels.  Poor donor retention from one year to the next, so …

Facing our deepest, darkest dread

By Ken Burnett • February 6, 2014

Fundraising and the purgatory that is public speaking. Particularly when it goes wrong.
This feature is somewhat longer than most, though as you’ll see, there is a reason. All this happened a few years ago, yet the memory of it is etched so painfully upon my mind that I fear now …

The ask that got the fundraiser

By Damian Chapman • April 4, 2013

Last week was one of the UK’s largest small donation programme spectacles… Comic Relief. This annual campaign, now in its twenty fifth year has raised over £800m for use in the UK and abroad tackling social injustice and improving the lives of millions. Capturing the heart and imagination of the …

Let’s keep in touch!

By Marjolein van de Paverd • March 11, 2013

I had my first fundraising experience when I was a kid. I supported an animal welfare organization as a member of their youth program and collected money door to door. After a few years I got busy growing up and quit spending time on the organization. But as soon as …

Partnerships bring out the allround fundraiser in you!

By Elsbeth Takkenberg • November 12, 2012

One week before I had my first day at work at the Cancer Center Amsterdam of VUmc in April this year, my new colleague mailed me with very good news: TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) was going to support our cancer research and chose VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam (VUmc CCA) to …

32 million euros and it’s still not enough!

By Peter Kapitein • October 22, 2012

In 2012, our Dutch initiative Alpe d’HuZes raised no less than 32.3 million euros. When we started out in 2006, we raised a little over 300,000 euros, so this year we brought in 100 times more than six years ago. That seems impossible and incredible at the same time, but …

Connecting with your most loyal and senior donors

By Kimberly Mackenzie • September 17, 2012

“Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such …

A fundraising checklist: Should you consider “Summer Fundraising”?

By Patrice Simonnet • July 30, 2012

I recently asked to some colleagues if they were running specific fundraising campaigns during the summer. Most of them answered they are not! Business as usual seems to be the moto. Worst, some programs are put on hold during the holidays. How can they be wrong? At the end of …

Crisis? There is no crisis!

By Erik van Dorp • July 5, 2012

Earlier this year we interviewed 10 senior fundraisers in the Dutch Market to ask them if the economic turmoil changed their opinion about the fundraising potential in their market. And, if any, where they saw fundraising opportunities.

In the majority of interviews, the current economic situation was debunked as an excuse …