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 prioritising awareness or action?

Non-profit organisations need money to perform their work. Cash, moola, bucks... that’s what puts food into the hands of malnourished children, gives life-saving supplies to people in crisis, ensures refuge for displaced communities – and gets kittens rescued from stinky drains. Can &lsq...

Do your donors want your fundraising to be more FUN?

Joe Garecht explains why it’s important to share upbeat and fun news with your supporter base. As non-profits, we tackle some serious issues: disease, homelessness, education, and everything in between. Because we want donors to believe in our mission and support our work, we spend a lot ...

The fundraiser's two most important words

Sarah Scarth explains why saying ‘thank you’ isn’t only the right thing to do, it’s one of the most important things you have to do. There are two words in fundraising more important than any others: Thank You. Saying thank you for a gift received is not just the polite th...

The best place to find new donor prospects

New donors are the lifeblood of any organisation. Joe Garecht shares some advice  on where to find prospective supporters. There are lots of ways to find new fundraising prospects for your organisation. In my experience the best way to find new prospects, though, is by seeking out referrals ...

Proposals: there is no one-size-fits-all anymore

If you’re using a cookie cutter approach to your proposals and firing off a standard version to all funders, stop. The days of a one-size-fits-all proposal are over, says DMI Communication and Partnership Manager, Marisol Gutierrez. Google ‘fundraising proposals’ and you can exp...

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