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.


Ask... and you shall receive!

 It’s an old fundraising adage – if you don’t ask – you won’t receive. Sarah Scarth explains the importance of building relationships . . . and of course, asking for support! The Art of Asking is the title of the must-have fundraising book by the late Terry Murray...

In the beginning... some advice for the smaller organisation and those just starting out in fundraising

 Much of the fundraising advice that is published for non-profit organisations is aimed at the larger, more established organisations with fairly sophisticated and developed fundraising programmes. I thought it was time to offer some words of encouragement to the smaller organisations and thos...

Treat your data like the treasure it truly is

Your data could be holding suprises and hidden treasure. Marisol Gutierrez  explains why . . . Non-profit organisations are vital to making meaningful change in the world and they have significant amounts of untapped potential in their data. But why do some struggle to use data while others ha...

The simple fundraising recipe that works for every non-profit

Good recipes are a road map to a desired outcome. Do you want to eat a homemade loaf of bread? Follow these 10 steps, and you’ll have one in a couple of hours. Joe Garecht tells you how. Recipes can be easy or hard. They can take practice and require tinkering. But once someone develops a goo...

When donor events stick better than peanut butter and syrup

If you’ve ever dropped a peanut butter and syrup sarmie face down on the floor, you’ll know that the famous five-second rule becomes obsolete. The stuff sticks like static to nylon. And this sticking factor is precisely the kind of social glue you want when it comes to hosting donor even...

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