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.


NLC announces rollout of open call for applications

Pretoria, 29 September 2016 – The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) introduces an open call for applications in October 2016, moving away from the previous model of “Call for Applications” for funding good causes.   The previous “Call for Applications” model p...

How to thrive when times are tough

Downes Murray International consultant, Sarah Scarth, is upbeat about the future of fundraising in South Africa. Here she explains why . . .   Recession; the threat of a credit rating downgrade; drought; falling commodity prices; weak investor confidence . . . all pretty depressing right? Su...

Maximizing your donor relationships

Have you, and your non-profit team, thought about how well you are maximising your donor relationships? I’ll bet the answer is “no”. And that’s ok – you’ve got a lot on your plate. But today, I want to suggest setting some time aside to think it through.  He...

Milestone Thinking

 On-target observations in brief  If you want to go quickly, according to an old African proverb, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. African proverb Great storytelling captures people’s attention and drives them to action. When facts and characters, logic and emotion, a...

Working to protect our seabirds

 Established in 1968, SANCCOB is a non-profit organisation whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially endangered seabirds like the African penguin. The ...

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