There is only place to start this week- the ALS Ice Bucket challenge meme that has taken over the world! There has been a lot of blogs on the subject. Here are a small selection of my favourite:
A good starting point is Network for Good's article on why the #icebucketchallenge works.
Beth Kanter wonders if a slow news cycle is a factor in it's success.
Seth shares his views on slacktivism.
Simon Scriver looks at some of the criticism the campaign has received. Though, to be honest, it's the introduction that I loved!
In the UK there has been controversy as Macmillan Cancer Care joined in on the action. Were they right to do so? The Guardian presents two sides to the story (some interesting comments too).
Elsewhere in the world of fundraising...
Also on the Guardian, I enjoyed this interview with fundraiser David Milton, who explains why quitting his job was an act of true leadership.
I always enjoy Pamela Grow's posts on 'what's in my mailbox' and she shares a lovely thank you letter this time.
The Donor Guru explains the difference between stewardship and donor relations.
Ann Green shares her tips for holding an open house event for donors.
The Veritus Group share four secrets to getting large gifts.
Kivi explains why no hard choices means no strategy and no leadership.
Charlie Hulme of Donor Voice explains on 101 Fundraising everything that is wrong with our retention programmes and how to put them right.
Anyone can right a good direct mail pack - right? Lucy Gower disagrees.
There has also been two interesting posts on donor landing pages.
- Beatte Sorum shares her slides from IoF Convention on 'Good intentions to more web donations'.
- Jeff Brook's considers what's wrong with your landing page?
Finally I loved the honesty in this post. I have to say it made me smile. K MIchael Johnson describes the time he threw up during a donor visit!