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.


More than a helpline... a lifeline

At least 10 very lucky vervet monkeys – babies and adults – are recovering in the Monkey Helpline (MH) high care unit right now.  In a few days, that number could well reach 20, as it often does, given the ever-increasing loss of these animals’ natural habitat. But thanks ...

Time for non-profits to invest in their own development

When we embarked on this scoping project in mid-2014, our aim was to hear from a wide range of voices in Southern Africa, so as to gain a comprehensive understanding of the current funding environment, the challenges and barriers faced by organisations who operate within it and what they most need/w...

Looking at the local culture of giving in Southern Africa

 In the African region we do not necessarily find commonalities as each country has different cultures and histories. However, most have a common history of colonialism, poor governance and, for many, on-going aid requirements. The concept of “Ubuntu” is considered a key value in t...

Milestone Thinking

In donor communications, untrained opinions are not only worthless, they’re dangerous to your non-profit’s bottom line. In a professionally run operation, the chief fundraiser will have full, autonomous control over all donor communications, print and digital-appeals, thanks, newsletters...

Do you recognise the four early warning signs of donor withdrawal?

You suddenly realise you haven’t heard from a loyal donor in six months, and haven’t gotten a gift in almost a year. You look on social media, and the donor has stopped talking about your organisation. You call, and never get a call back. Your once dream donor has become... (yikes!) a la...

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