Kirsten’s Fundraising Headlines – November 1, 2011

The International Fundraising Congress started with the stories of five women from around the world and their journeys with philanthropy. Even though these women came from different places, there were similarities between their stories and their journeys. Karen Osborne, a US-based fundraising consultant, provided an engaging narrative tying these stories together.

The stories started with Anu Aga from India. She works with several charities, including Teach for Asia. She saw a need, and saw giving as a way to help. In regards to her philanthropy, she stated simply that “giving is a very natural thing… and it’s very joyous… (it is) very fulfilling – not a duty or a chore. Continue reading…

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



  • Does it feel like your fundraising efforts are always starting from ground zero? Learn more with this FREE Webinar Nov 3…
  • Creativity leads to fundraising success: Nashville food truck competition | The Tennessean


Giving Trends/Research

  • Healthy Signs for Year-End Giving: 3 in 4 say they will give the same or more The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • The UK Civil Society Almanac 2010: Workforce | Third Sector
  • Consumers, Causes and Companies: Trends in Cause Marketing (hint: not all rosy news) Joanne’s Nonprofits Blog
  • Philanthropy runs deep for African-Americans FundRaising Success



  • Get Advice Here: Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog
  • Fundraising from Companies? Check this out: CSR: The Business Case – The Network for Good
  • How to Keep the Momentum Going After an Event (follow-up is essential!) The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Great tips: Warming Up to a Cold Call Copley Raff’s Giving Take


Technology/Social Media

  • Innovative Idea! Trickle-Forward Economics: Water-Based Experiment In Viral Philanthropy | Fast Company
  • Idealware’s Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide, Updated for 2011 | Beth’s Blog
  • Secret to going viral: compelling + concise + credible = contagious Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog
  • Growing Advocates: Unraveling the Myth of Slacktivism | Inspiring Generosity


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