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.


Self-employment: the journey out of poverty

South Africans are facing a crisis of unemployment, with 27% of people unable to get jobs. To tackle this, The Clothing Bank (TCB) has developed several programmes that provide disadvantaged people with self-employment opportunities.  All TCB programmes provide beneficiaries with business, fin...

How to get donors to say 'of course' to your funding requests

Non-profit organisations and donors want to change the world around them – to address some kind of social injustice, or to have a positive social impact. Non-profits often have expertise and relationships, but need funds, and donors often have funds but need implementation partners who will he...

Creating and leading a Great Fundraising Organisation

Do you work or serve on the board of a Great Fundraising Organisation? Not any great fundraising organisation . . . but a Great Fundraising Organisation? Alan Clayton reports. For the purpose of the academic study, “The Great Fundraising Report”, Professors Adrian Sargeant and Jen Sha...

How to ease your board into fundraising leadership

There are right and wrong ways to get your board of directors involved in fundraising. Joe Garecht discusses some of the dos and don’ts. I’m a strong proponent of the notion that a non-profit’s board of directors should be actively engaged in the organisation’s fundraising...

Don't fall into the trap of the shiny new fundraising thing

Modern fundraisers are bombarded with marketing messages, sales pitches, and ideas for new fundraising strategies. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of possibilities, tactics, and products available to non-profit development teams. By Joe Garecht. ...

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