IMHAAO* the fundraising profession is really benefiting from the Social Media age. There are amazing thought leaders and inspiring voices that are elevating the profession and making us all better through their contributions. This list is by no means comprehensive, but includes some of the people I look to for inspiration, guidance and all-around awesomeness.
Amanda Palmer’s TED talk on “The Art of Asking” is one of the most inspirational videos I’ve seen on, well, the art of asking:
Annual Fund Resources
CASE’s blog on annual giving is also a good resource. Again, Higher-Ed focused.
Brian Lacy and Associates offer comprehensive annual fund consulting, as well as resources in data management and wealth screening.
General Fundraising Blogs & Resources
Marketing guru Seth Godin’s blog is a constant source of great information.
The Agitator is consistently thought-provoking and helpful.
There are so many great resources and a ton of wonderful information online. Here’s another list of great blogs: 64 Fundraising Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2016
Some of My Other Stuff:
“What’s in a name? Compounding Loss from Data Quality Issues” from the WealthEngine Blog, January 28, 2015.
What are “Predictive Modeling and Analytics“? from the WealthEngine Blog, April 2, 2014.
“Ask the Experts: mGive Foundation” from the WealthEngine Blog, March 24, 2014
“This Blog Post is Being Written on a Mobile Device”, from the Guidestar blog, March 28, 2014.
But, really? Blogs, books, videos and tweets are great for inspiration. At the end of the day, it’s you and the donor (or you and the database, the word processor, the mailhouse, the phoneroom, the you-name-it) — you’ve GOT this! Go get ’em! Tell great stories.
*In My Humble And Accurate Opinion