10 things all fundraisers should stop doing right now

Here, from Wired Impact, Nonprofit Marketing Nonsense That Should Stop Immediately. I know you don’t do any of these things. But you can warn your friends:

  • Planning Projects Without Concrete Goals
  • Measuring Your Success by Dumb (or No) Metrics
  • Organizing Web Pages Based on Your Needs
  • Cluttering and Hiding Your Homepage
  • Using Your Blog and Emails to Share Boring Internal News
  • Trying to “Go Viral” or Reach the “General Public”
  • Scrambling to be Social Media Wizards
  • Hoarding Subscribers on Your Mailing List (I don’t quite agree with this one. I’ve seen interesting evidence that continuing to send emails to non-responsive people has some positive effect. But do separate them as a segment from active names!)
  • Only Contacting Supporters When You Need Something
  • Moving Everything to Digital

Tell everyone to stop!


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2 responses to “10 things all fundraisers should stop doing right now”

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    Katherine Wertheim, CFRE

    How about “Not cleaning your list” and “Leaving my social media to your interns.” And “Saying you don’t have time to study new ways to reach donors.”

  2. Katherine Wertheim, CFRE Avatar
    Katherine Wertheim, CFRE

    How about “Not cleaning your list” and “Leaving my social media to your interns.” And “Saying you don’t have time to study new ways to reach donors.”

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