Volunteers: Can’t live with them…Can’t live without them!

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. KAREN WILLSON, CFRE Senior Vice President & Partner, KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) The core responsibility of the fundraising team in any charity, large or small, is to bring in more dollars so that the mission of their organization can be both maintained and hopefully enhanced. We often think that our biggest challenge is finding those major… Read more »

Philanthropy in the Age of Networked Intelligence

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DON TAPSCOTT Author, Speaker and Advisor on Media, Technology and Innovation As we enter the networked age philanthropy is going through a profound change. This has big implications for fundraisers and donors alike.  In the old model, not-for-profits sought funds from individuals and institutions. Donors were courted and if successfully seduced, they provided funds, and… Read more »

Collaboration… it sounds so simple

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  LAURA FREDRICKS, JD President, Laura Fredricks, LLC Collaboration… it sounds so simple but as we get so entrenched in our daily lives to focus on rising trends, raising money, managing our leadership, volunteers, committees and staff, we often want to “just do it ourselves.” But we all know the results if that happens, we dig deeper in… Read more »

No One Has Time

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. KAREN OSBORNE President, The Osborne Group, Inc. In today’s world, it’s a badge of honor to say, “I’m busy, busy, busy,” like the actor in the Angie’s List commercial. We’re proud of our crazy lives. That is one side of the coin. On the other side, we are working ten hour days, neglecting our… Read more »

Fundraising Advice and Inspiration, Just a Click Away

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. BROCK WARNER Donor Programs Officer, War Child You’re drawing a blank. You’ve just been asked by your director, or board, for recommendations on the upcoming campaign, and you were sure you had a great idea two weeks ago, but now… nothing. We’ve all been there. Don’t worry, you’re not on your own. The AFP Greater… Read more »

Who cares about a village?! We need a pipeline NOW!

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Kathy Hay President & CEO, The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation When people think about fundraisers, I can almost hear what they are thinking, “watch your wallets everyone!” Or worse, I can hear them thinking about what they perceive is important to me as a fundraiser , “show me the money”! Better yet, I can hear… Read more »

8 Ways Twitter Can Lead to a Better Congress Experience

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Leah Eustace, CFRE Principal and Managing Partner, Good Works Here are my top eight tips for getting the most out of your Congress experience…using twitter! You don’t have to be on Twitter to follow the conversation. Congress has its own hashtag (#afpcongress) and the conversation is already heating up. What’s a hashtag? It’s basically a… Read more »

Fundraising Through a Different Lens: Thoughts to Guide Philanthropy in Diverse Communities

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Alice L. Ferris, MBA, ACFRE Founding Partner, GoalBusters LLC Many well intentioned fundraisers have made a cultural misstep: you schedule a major event on a religious holiday, pick a menu that features food that is culturally taboo, or you make an assumption about someone’s beliefs only to find out the hard way that you are… Read more »

Romancing the Board

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Siobhan Aspinall Fundraising Consultant, David Suzuki Foundation Are you drinking too much merlot and muttering that your board “just doesn’t get it”? Why aren’t they perfect fundraising ambassadors who make their own gifts first and champion every campaign? Think of the way you treat a red-hot prospect in your major gifts program. That’s right –… Read more »