Fundraising Friday | May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015


You’ve got a direct mail swipe file, your grant swipe file…do you have an email swipe file? This week’s What’s in my Inbox. (Take a minute to comment and tell me which organizations are in your swipe file!)

Which is worse: root canal or fundraising? Is your fundraising a pain in the ask? New from Mary Cahalane.

Why fundraising is hard – and how that’s our big opportunity. New from Jeff Brooks.

New from 101 Fundraising: If you want more money, stop asking for it! Now, this can get confusing, I know. Just remember: your focus needs to be on communicating better, and truly understanding what it means to be donor-centered. My interview with Angel Aloma of Food for the Poor can help. And stay tuned. It can feel very lonely when you’re the only one committed to donor-centricity, no? We’ll be creating new podcasts and tools to help you bring everyone else on board.

The Agitator with REPEAT: Take this to your board today.

Like you, I’ve worked with a lot of lousy boards (although, in retrospect, did I do enough to empower them?). But one thing I do know: the best board I ever worked with, bar none, was also the most diverse board. Diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion, education. This is an important issue for nonprofits everywhere (we just featured a training in my membership group). Leah Eustace with Let’s Start an Inclusion Revolution.

6 Ways to Get More Donors by Building Better Relationships. New from

My friend (and SDS presenter), Lynne Wester, is running a new survey on the pulse of donor relations. Take 10 and respond.

Are Your Donors Stuck? New from our friends at the Veritus Group.

For years I’ve been urging readers striving to build a core base of foundation funding to focus in on the small to mid-sized foundations. Turns out I was right. Study Summary: Giving Holds Up at Smaller Foundations Despite Slowed Asset Growth.

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Donna Knotek May 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Pamela for putting together a great list of posts this week. Many are from some of my favorite blogs, including the Veritus Group and Jeff Brooks. And, of course, I turn to you regularly for great advice!

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