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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 …

Who likes change?

By Rachel Hunnybun • September 15, 2016

Several years ago I went through a hefty psychometric evaluation for a role I was interviewing for. It was a great experience that left me with a fifty page document all about me and how I behave. I still refer to that document at times, just to remind myself who …

The Donosaur’s Lament

By Paul Delbar • June 23, 2016

We used to run into each other at fundraising conferences and events, but it had been a while since we had met. When I called her and suggested catching up over lunch, I was hoping for an enthusiastic response … but it took three calls to convince her to get …

How to Activate Your Community to Become Fundraisers for Your Organization

By Simona Lazeu • April 5, 2016

Fundraising is by no means an easy task! Charities of all sizes constantly strive to increase the amount of annual donations, and raise awareness about their cause. And now, peer-to-peer fundraising is helping nonprofits towards both of these goals like never before. But can we stimulate this fundraising channel even …

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 …

What does major gift excellence require?

By Karen Osborne • February 18, 2016

I don’t mean what you need to get the job or even how to keep it. Too many nonprofits are willing to settle for less than the best. There are more available positions than there are good folks to fill them. You are employable without excellence.
What I’m talking about is …

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 …

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 …

Have we reached boiling point? – Why we need fundraising to change

By Richard Turner • November 26, 2015

Apparently if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water it will jump out. Yet put a frog in a pot of water and gradually heat it up the frog will not jump out as it boils.
Over a year ago on 101 Fundraising I wrote that the rules of …

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 …