Stop Trying to Teach Goldfish to Juggle

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Here’s my Fundraising Ninja column in this month’s FundRaising Success magazine, Stop Trying to Teach Goldfish to Juggle.

Teaser: “When you ask donors to give, you aren’t barging into their world with an unwelcome proposition, like those guys who run up to your car at intersections, start washing your windows and expect payment. When you ask, you become part of the donor’s world — a place where love, empathy and self-empowerment combine with generosity to make the world and the donor better.

I can’t think of any other relationship in the wider marketing world where the ‘buyer’ and the ‘seller’ are so perfectly aligned or where so much good accrues to both sides. “


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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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Jeff Brooks has been serving the nonprofit community for more than 30 years and blogging about it since 2005. He considers fundraising the most noble of pursuits and hopes you’ll join him in that opinion. You can reach him at jeff [at] jeff-brooks [dot] com.