Fundraising Friday | July 24, 2015

July 24, 2015


This week’s What’s in my Mailbox comes to us courtesy of good friend and sage, Tom Ahern. And it’s the perfect illustration of my favorite writing quote from Indra Sinha: “Don’t start by writing. Start by feeling. Feel, and feel passionately, and the emotion you feel will come through the spaces in between the words.”

Long time subscriber Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is featured in this week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling. Read to discover the lasting impact of a Huffington Post story.

More from Save the Chimps in this week’s What’s in my Inbox | Keep it fun!

What do you get when you combine donor love, storytelling, gratitude, and technology? What Startups Can Learn from Watsi’s Wildly Successful Email Campaign. Do. Not. Miss.

Mark Phillips of Bluefrog has a marvelous free download for your office wall.

Making a call on a prospective major donor? The brilliant Richard Perry bats it out of the park in How to Prepare for a Great Donor Call.

Things no donor said, ever. New from Jeff Brooks.

Should we focus on shifting attitudes or should we focus on the call to action or both? Richard Radcliffe on Where is legacy fundraising going? 101 Fundraising.

I still remember the job I interviewed for in 2006. They wanted what amounted to a development director/database manager/grantwriter/individual giving manager/donor services manager all rolled into one…for the princely wage of $15 an hour. I kid you not. Jeff Brooks with Is your donor focus just empty talk?


You want the truth?? You can’t handle the truth!!! If you’re not committed to funding your mission, you’re not committed to your mission. Period. End of story.

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