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.


MILESTONE THINKING - On-target observations in brief

Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same – with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead. - Mother Teresa Your prospects might not share your obsessions. The typical prospect h...

Will good grammar save us?

A subscriber sweetly wrote to ask: “Do you think the nonprofit world needs a grammar book all of its own?” She wondered because she was discouraged. All across our massive and very verbal industry, she’d tripped over grammar crimes and misdemeanours. Were fundraisers a bit illit...

What nonprofits should stop doing now: Advice from experts

Ignoring people who make medium- size gifts People who give R1 000 to R5 000 annually fall through the cracks at too many charities, says Alia McKee, a principal at Sea Change Strategies, a fundraising consulting company. In general, such donors aren’t big enough to attract the attention o...

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