Podcast: Things to do that will make you a better fundraiser

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Here are ten practical things you can do — starting today — that will make you into a better fundraiser:



  1. Donate.
  2. Send and receive snail-mail.
  3. Sign up for lots of email from other nonprofits.
  4. Participate in online social networking sites.
  5. Hang around with older people.
  6. Become aware of the cultural context of your audience.
  7. Go to church.
  8. Read the popular press.
  9. Pay attention to how you ask people for favors.
  10. Work at becoming a better writer.

You can start doing some of these things today.


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The future of fundraising is not about social media, online video, or SEM. It’s not about any technology, medium, or technique. It’s about donors. If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. And the future? It’s already here. More.

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