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.


New Section 18A requirements

The tax benefits of Section 18A Certificates are often a big motivation for donors to support your cause.  Here Nicole Copley tells you what donor information you need in order to issue valid certificates.   Government Gazette 48104, issued on 24 February 2023, makes the expanded require...

Who needs to have an AGM?

An annual general meeting (AGM) is a meeting of members or shareholders, and its usual function is to elect the board, hear the reports on the activities and plans of the organisation, and view the annual financial statements (AFS).   For a non-profit which has members, the AGM is a fundament...

Why is organic reach declining?

Over the past few months, I’ve read articles and answered questions from many people who are concerned about declines in organic reach for their Facebook Pages. Organic reach refers to how many people you can reach for free on Facebook by posting to your Page.   My colleagues and I at F...

The best little phrase in any language: Thank you! Dankie! Siyabonga!

One of the surest ways to ensure your fundraising programme's long-term success is to make sure you thank your donors – promptly, sincerely and often.  Copywriter Denise Murray gives you some tips on how you can enhance your thanking procedures.   Times are tough.  Not only in...

Make online giving quick and easy

Thanks to our digitised world, we apparently have an attention span of eight seconds – which is less than the goldfish’s nine-second stretch! It’s challenging enough to engage people with fleeting interest – so let’s ensure that these efforts aren’t wasted by dysf...

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