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.


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The Resource Alliance has partnered with top International Fundraising Congress speaker Alan Clayton to bring his world-class, two-day Great Fundraising Masterclass to South Africa. "Great fundraising allows you to achieve audacious growth of your organisation's mission," says Sara...

A five minute guide to making better fundraising asks

Lots of fundraisers get worried about making fundraising asks... they’re not sure of the best way to do it, they feel under-prepared for making in-person asks, and they get nervous when it comes time to “pop the question”. Making asks in-person (and on the phone) is one of the mos...

Despite economic challenges, philanthropy is still prominent among high net worth individuals

According to the findings of the 2015 Giving Report (The Giving Report III), produced by the Philanthropy Office of Nedbank Private Wealth, 88% of South Africa’s high net worth individuals (HNWIs) gave of their time, money services or goods to uplift the less privileged, or in support of cause...

The seven habits of highly effective fundraisers

Joe Garecht shares the seven key traits that all successful fundraisers have in common. Every non-profit fundraiser is different. We each have different strengths and weaknesses, and we each have our preferred strategies and tactics. And that’s OK – every non-profit is different, each...

MILESTONE THINKING - On-target observations in brief

 The ones I pity are the ones who never stick their necks out for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, and never have the thrill of victory. Jonathan Kozol Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ...

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