Articles for Fundraisers

Helpful Examples

Finally, a word about reporting on your impact, once you know what it is. You may be able to arrange site visits, open houses and other kinds of front-line experiences for your key funders. For those individuals, personal experiences are…

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Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes and Impact

“If your decisions are always dollar-driven, you’re not going to have the outcomes you’re looking for,” warns Winnipeg philanthropy consultant Joan Blight. That’s true whether the dollars you’re discussing are spent on program, administration or fundraising. Charities already know, of course, that measuring dollars…

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Beyond the Head Count: Measuring Lasting Change

How is our community better because of our work? That may be the toughest question a nonprofit ever has to answer. “We can’t get stuck in outcomes only,” says Humber College Fundraising Management professor Ken Wyman. “As governments cut back…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Coherent strategy is the first casualty of high turnover

A long-term history of staff turnover in a charity’s fundraising department is debilitating. Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) President & CEO Andrew Watt sees three trends among charities worldwide, but particularly in North America: 1. Very few charities can change…

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Issue 1- Summer 2013: When do costs matter? It depends

“There simply are NO reliable guidelines about how much it should cost to raise a dollar – no matter what the self-appointed charity watchdogs might tell you.” That’s Mal Warwick talking, after a lifetime spent helping charities all over the world with digital and multi-channel fundraising.

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Issue 1- Summer 2013: Canada’s charities deserve better

Canada’s charitable sector is perhaps our great country’s most valuable resource. it places human decency and kindness above all else. it is not surprising, then, that it has reacted to the recent focus on its cost structure with politeness, diplomacy and tact. The sector…

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Issue 1- Summer 2013: Straight talk with donors about fundraising costs

“We train everyone in the organization about the cost per dollar raised so they can speak to donors confidently“ That’s Ted Garrard of SickKids Foundation talking about how his team — all 150 of them — explains fundraising costs to…

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