Podcast: The Evil Cousin of Fundraising

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Listen to an excerpt from the new book, How to Turn Your Words into Money: The Master Fundraiser’s Guide to Persuasive Writing by Jeff Brooks, reading the chapter titled “The Evil Cousin of Fundraising.”

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Learn about the all-too-common practice of fundcrushing — using large numbers and overwhelming facts as the means for coaxing donors into giving. The truth is, it rarely works.

Find out what to do instead of fundcrushing that will motivate donors to give. (It’s not that difficult!)

How to Turn Your Words into Money: The Master Fundraiser’s Guide to Persuasive Writing, is available at:

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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 BrooksJeff Brooks has been serving the nonprofit community for more than 35 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. More.


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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.