Fundraising Forum is a regular newsletter dedicated to the enhancement of management, fundraising techniques and the promotion of community service, welfare and not-for-profit organisations of all kinds. It is published three times a year by Downes Murray International and circulated, free of charge, to anyone with an interest in the growth and improvement of the non-profit sector and those served by it. In addition to regular features written by Downes Murray International staff, there are extracts from international fundraising publications which are reprinted with acknowledgement to the publishers.


Are you certain of your NPO's Section 18A status?

This is the question that all NPOs need to address as a matter of urgency due to the recent amendments implemented by SARS for the 2016 income tax filing season which opened on 1st July 2016. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) have for the first time introduced Public Benefit Organisation (PB...

Non-profit storytelling for fun and fundraising

Did you know that every good non-profit fundraiser is a storyteller?  As development professionals, we cast real life stories for donors that excite and intrigue.  Joe Garecht reports. We show the world as it is, and as it could be, and then ask our listeners/prospects to jump right into ...

MILESTONE THINKING - On-target observations in brief

When it comes to gathering online contributions, all the great strategy and creative in the world is worthless if your donation pages and payment systems suck. Roger Craver Don’t rush out and do surveys without ensuring you can follow them up, record the results and actually use the data i...

Striving for a safer South Africa

Established in 1976, the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust is the oldest organisation in South Africa supporting the recovery of rape survivors, seeking justice and bringing about change in communities. Rape Crisis has a vision of a South Africa in which women are safe in their communities, and where the...

Ask... and you shall receive!

 It’s an old fundraising adage – if you don’t ask – you won’t receive. Sarah Scarth explains the importance of building relationships . . . and of course, asking for support! The Art of Asking is the title of the must-have fundraising book by the late Terry Murray...

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