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.


Amendments to Section 18A of the Income Tax Act

The South African Revenue Services (SARS) appear to have made a number of changes to the law with regard to the issuing of Tax-Deductible receipts for registered Public Benefit Organisations (PBO).  These changes have not been actively communicated to stakeholders and have appeared in vari...

Three things to know before making your next fundraising ask

At one time or another, most non-profit donor relationships involve asks. When making asks, it is imperative that fundraisers come from a donor-centered perspective. Joe Garecht reports. Here are three important parts of the donor mindset – three things you must understand in order to make su...

Five copy resolutions for the New Year

With the New Year already in full swing, Deborah Block and Paul Karps offer you their New Year’s resolutions when it comes to writing fundraising copy. Granted, this is hardly an exclusive list. We could literally go on and on. (And maybe that should be Resolution Number 1: Don’t go o...

MILESTONE THINKING - On-target observations in brief

Donors don’t give to your organisation. They give through your organisation. Tom Ahern   Tell your potential donor about the opportunity to be a hero by making (whatever) possible. That’s the simple, basic, and yes, professional way to build rapport, not destroy it. The Non Prof...

Exploring life, faith and meaning

As part of Alpha International and Alpha Africa, Alpha South Africa plays a significant part in the global whole in serving and equipping churches of all denominations. By sharing, free of charge, this unique ten week course that’s been developed by Alpha, their goal is to transform South A...

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