Weekly Fundraising Headlines and Blogs

Have you ever had one of those conversations where it becomes clear that you and your partner in conversation are really having two different conversations? You slowly realize that although you are both using the same words, those words mean something completely different to the other person… It is difficult to recognize in-person, but even more difficult to realize with the written word. This week, I encourage you to ask other people to read what you write and then discuss what they understand it to say. You may end up being very surprised!

Here’s a summary of this week’s articles and blogs related to fundraising and nonprofit organizations. As always, please feel free to forward this to others you know who might benefit from it. Thanks again for reading!








  • What to Look for When Recruiting Your All Important Campaign Chair. http://bit.ly/9kH04g Contributions Magazine
  • Your Board’s First Principles for a Successful Campaign: a clear vision. http://bit.ly/dmtDYe Contributions Magazine
  • Organizations need to let board members know when they are not fulfilling fund-raising goals. http://bit.ly/9WHCYk Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Setting expectations for your board: Don’t Meddle or Manage – Just Govern (and raise money!) http://bit.ly/9MCvND Talisman Thinking Out Loud



  • Giving is up 12.1 percent for the 3 months ending April 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009 http://bit.ly/bulhZR The Agitator
  • To survive a new normal, nonprofits will have to focus on earned revenues and “a capacity for prudent taking” http://bit.ly/cUAZaG
  • In 2009 nearly 27 percent of the U.S. population—donated more than 8 billion hours. http://bit.ly/aCoNEm The Nonprofit Quarterly
  • “How to help out with the Gulf oil spill | Socialbrite” http://bit.ly/aNPMyl
  • Warren Buffett, Bill Gates ask billionaires to give away wealth http://bit.ly/bd1TcM Reuters
  • 88% of nonprofits that receive federal grants are not reimbursing their full costs. http://bit.ly/9cIUm7

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