Kirsten’s Fundraising Headlines – July 26, 2011

This past Sunday I was able to attend worship at my old church, First Presbyterian Church in Orlando Florida. The pastor shared an illustration that really hit home for me. I always encourage my clients to celebrate their accomplishments. It can be so easy to finish one thing and jump to the next without taking a moment to reflect and celebrate.

The pastor shared about the differences between the pictures he and his daughter take. His are very event centered – basketball games, graduations, birthdays. And that makes sense. When film needed to be developed, we had to be very particular about how we used it. Digital cameras have opened up a whole new world for us. His daughter takes pictures of everyday life and somehow manages to find special moments to capture. Things like a circle of feet in the sand with all the toes a different color, like an interesting shadow or just having fun.

This challenged me to seek out those moments in my own life. What can you do this week to recognize the moments of joy, in the midst of everyday life, that you get to experience?

Below is a summary of articles and blogs from the past week related to fundraising and nonprofit organizations. As always, please forward this to others who might benefit from the information. Thanks again for reading!



  • Good news: Fundraising on the Rise for the 12th consecutive month BLACKBAUD: Press Releases
  • Japan’s Red Cross Gets Donations From Vending Machines (could it work in the US?) The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Associations Report Jump in New Members, Renewals, and Total Membership Counts Membership Marketing Blog





  • IRS Turns Down 501(c)(4) Applications of Three Groups The Nonprofit Quarterly
  • Charities Can’t Afford to Sit Out Tax and Budget Debates – The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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