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.


WeBenefit innovates in fundraising and fund-saving for non-profits

Digital fundraising and procurement platform, WeBenefit, initially set out to tackle the funding challenges facing schools, but soon realised that it could also help non-profit organisations. Marisol Gutierrez looks at how WeBenefit is ushering in a new way of fundraising – and fund-saving. &...

The NPO regulatory framework in South Africa: choppy waters or plain sailing?

For those embarking on their maiden voyage in the non-profit sector – and for seasoned sailors – the regulatory framework for non-profit organisations can be intimidating and confusing. Take the time to consider your options and chart a proper course to steer your organisation through th...

Yes, there is proven value in bequest programmes - and direct mail fundraising

In the last issue of Fundraising Forum, we looked at the merits of bequest promotion programmes. Now, Marisol Gutierrez considers the outcome of investing in these and checks out two recent case studies.   When bequest promotion programmes are implemented attentively, as part of the broader f...

MILESTONE THINKING On-target observations in brief

The number of global internet users is predicted to reach 4.2 billion by 2020. Today, it’s 3.4 billion. Nonprofit Tech for Good I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use. Mother Theresa Investments in effective fundraising strategies should...

Taking eye care to people who need it most

With six million South Africans in need of basic eye care, the South African Sight Enhancement Initiative (SASEI) is on a mission to make affordable eye-care available to impoverished communities across the length and breadth of South Africa, and to preserve or restore the sight of as many people as...

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