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.


Don't let May slip away without getting back the love

Do you want to get back, or stoke up, your fire for fundraising? And at the same time learn how you can do what you do with maximum effect? Then don’t let May slip away without diarising now for Alan Clayton’s second  visit to South Africa. When the Resource Alliance partnered with...

Mark your calendar now for IFC Pop Ups 2019!

We were so thrilled to see so many friends and clients at the IFC Pop Ups 2018, which took place in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg last month. These one day virtual workshops included some of the best sessions from the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) events in Holland and Asia in 2...

Could 'donor journey' be our sector's term of the decade?

Supporter journeys aren’t about your organisation – they’re about your donors, as Marisol Gutierrez explains. If our blood’s ever boiled from being on the receiving end of rudeness; if you’ve logged a ‘Note to Self’ to never set foot in a certain store ag...

Five steps for writing profitable fundraising letters

Sitting down to write a direct mail fundraising letter can be a daunting task, particularly for someone who only does it once or twice per year. It can seem like your whole fundraising goal is riding on every word you write, and the self-inflicted pressure often builds up into a form of writer's blo...

MILESTONE THINKING - On-target observations in brief

Donors don’t give to institutions. They invest in ideas and people in whom they believe. G.T. Smith In good times and bad, we know that people give because you meet needs, not because you have needs. Kay Sprinkel Grace No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank It is more re...

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