Fundraising is really benefiting from the digital 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:
“Rogare (Latin for “to ask”) is the the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy’s fundraising think tank and the home of Critical Fundraising – the discipline of critically evaluating what fundraisers know, or think they know, about their profession.” I am a member of the Advisory Panel and appreciate the critical questioning and reports that Rogare produces.
You can also download a copy of the Fundraising Manifesto here.
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.
For Cage-Rattling Questions, Simone Joyaux is incredible.
I’ve missed several, I’m sure, that I’ll regret leaving out. There are so many great resources and a ton of wonderful information online. Here’s another list of great blogs: 100+ Fundraising Blogs You Should Be Reading.
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.