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How much money does Movember raise using Twitter?

on Nov 5, 2015

If you’re a fundraiser and you use Twitter, you’re probably like me – you really, really want to combine the two but it’s just never succeeded quite like you’ve hoped. Chances are, if pressed to justify the use of Twitter within a multi-channel fundraising strategy, you’ll fall back to hackneyed phrases like “it’s about relationships”, “we need to start a conversation”, “we need to widen our circle”, etc. The answer is never “because it will raise more money”.

What doesn’t help is a lack of comprehensive published research, which I believe stems from differing opinions on how to qualify and track these donations.

A group of researchers in the Netherlands took on the challenge…

Fundraising For Radicals: An Introduction

on Oct 29, 2015

Fundraisers are great (I hope) at telling donors that their gift was the moment that dreams became reality. But what if the fundraiser never asked? Donors or potential donors often have an idea or intention smoldering away. They know they want to help, and they know they have something to offer. Great fundraising by great fundraisers should be like gas on a fire.

Fundraising is the first radical act because it makes donor’s dreams a reality, which in turn make big change possible…

I’m obsessed, you’re obsessed, we’re all obsessed.

on Jul 15, 2015

Fundraising has never stopped being a challenge for me. Years ago, for a short time, I thought I was a pretty good fundraiser. So much so I even started this blog! Yikes. I’ve learned since then is that ability and confidence in your ability are two very distinct things, and they don’t grow in equal measure. The latter that usually jumps out to an early lead, then quickly runs out of steam. The volume of posts here on has been on a decline largely because of this phenomena. I’ll sit down to write a new post, then question if I’m really qualified to do so and those posts are rarely published…

Alright everyone, it’s time to be heard.

on Jan 14, 2015

If you hadn’t noticed, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter announced today that speaker applications are OPEN until February 27th.

Here’s why this is important:

AFP Congress in Toronto is one of the best educational offerings for fundraisers in the country. It isn’t just for Torontonians though, speakers and delegates come from all over the country and world, and for good reason.

Are fundraisers guilty of “fundraiser shaming”?

on Dec 10, 2014

I started blogging about fundraising so I could explore and maybe even justify my belief that for professional fundraisers, the ‘how’ is as important as ‘how much’. To show that it’s this belief that legitimizes our profession, and gives us pride in our work.

This hasn’t been as easy as I’d expected.

Fundraisers are activists! Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

on Dec 1, 2014

You’d be hard pressed to find a fundraiser that doesn’t consider themselves an activist to some degree. Ours is a profession full of past and present idealists, campaigners, flag-wavers and the scrappiest advocates for the underdog you’ll ever meet.

I like to think I could be at least one of those. But, do my non-fundraising peers see me that way? Donors I meet? The board? My old university pals? My family?

I want the answer to be yes, but its probably no.

Politics, religion, and charity.

on Jun 29, 2014

Does talking about your charity of choice with a new acquaintance really invoke as much awkwardness as probing about their religious beliefs or salary? Is it really that impolite to share your thoughts on charity, even if they don’t intersect with politics or religion?

I think yes. Why? Because charity is polarizing, personal and revealing. Simply saying you donate to a charity at all can launch you into a debate about…

Arnold Schwarzenegger Fundraises for After-School Programs

on Jan 22, 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger Fundraises for After-School Programs