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.


Monthly donors: The holy grail of fundraising

Corporate and institutional support has dwindled for many NPOs, shrinking their donor funding pool, which accounts for the surge of interest in individual giving. The ‘ordinary’ person has become an extraordinary catch.   We invest heavily in getting new blood on board, seeking ou...

Transforming South Africa's social impact sector: thinking small, thinking big

There’s never been a better time for the NPO sector in South Africa to make a huge difference. Your first reaction may be “what is he smoking”? But I didn’t say there has never been a better time to fundraise. And I didn’t say it has never been easier. "Ja but&r...

Use the hierarchy of fundraising asks

Here is a complete hierarchy of asks that you should be making at your organisation, in the order they should be asked. Not every ask will fit into your non-profit’s development strategy, but that’s O.K. In general, though, this is the order that you should be using as you approach yo...

Milestone Thinking

On-target observations in brief It’s important to impress donors because they talk, and they talk to one another. The NonProfit Times Acquiring new members or donors is one of the biggest challenges in the fundraising world – and typically the most costly. The second most ...

A haven of love and care

Helderberg Hospice, founded in 1986, was one of the early hospices established in South Africa. This service to care for terminally ill patients has grown and developed in response to the needs of the Helderberg community. Today it offers a comprehensive palliative care service for persons living...

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