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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.


A haven of love and care

The Sisters of Nazareth were founded in London in the mid 1800s by Victoire Larmenier – Mother St Basil – at the request of Cardinal Wiseman, to care for the aged poor.  Later, the apostolate of the Sisters extended their care to include homeless and abandoned children. In 1881,...

Five predictions for 2015

Conversion optimisation, or improving donation flow to raise more money; the ability to engage with Millennials; donor retention and treating all donors as if they are major donors; online and mobile fundraising; and, the ability to share stories in a very visual way will be the top fundraising tren...

Top 2015 predictions - Baby boomers bulldoze all-time fundraising record

Baby boomers (humans born between 1946 and 1964) have reached late middle age and the great unknown of ‘retirement’. The oldest are 69. The youngest are 51; they’ll only reach the ‘retirement-ripe’ age of 65 in 2029 or so. You won’t see the last of them in bulk u...

Milestone Thinking - On-target observations in brief

Letting opinions affect income is an unacceptable arrogance that damages the cause. Denise Murray  The only genuine elite is the elite of those men and women who gave their lives to justice and charity. Sargent Shriver   How often has a board member asked how the planned giving progra...

Philanthropy in Focus - Saint Giles - a 'hand-up' for the disabled

Based in Durban, Saint Giles is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to supporting persons with physical disabilities. The organisation first launched in 1952, when founder Kerry Malt a journalist, who himself was physically challenged, began visiting the sick in hospitals and private homes. The co...

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