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September 2014

Fundraising reading round-up - with two shameless plugs!

First of all this week, two shameless plugs!

When this goes live I'll be half way to Snowdonia as tomorrow I'll be undertaking a 35km hike, bike ride and kayak up, down and around Mount Snowdon. Those of you who have met me will know I am not a natural athlete, so this is a huge personal challenge for me.

I'm raising funds for RLSB, the wonderful charity I work for. If you find the blog useful, then it would be fantastic if you could sponsor me over at Justgiving. All money raised will help to give blind babies the best possible start in life.

In return, I promise a 'warts and all' account of the challenge - warning this is likely to feature cursing and possibly tears!

The second plug is for the new Rogare blog. I'm a member of the advisory panel and know they have ambitious plans for transforming fundraising practice. Do check it out - there are already some good posts on critical thinking, marketing paradigms and the ice bucket challenge.

Elsewhere in the fundraising world...

There is a lot of love for Retention Fundraising by Roger Craver (the Agitator blog). I can only agree with all that's been written so far. It is 'must read' for anyone serious about donor loyalty and retention. Check out this post from Renier Spruit at 101 Fundraising for more information.

Also worth a look over at 101 Fundraising (and check out the 56 comments too) is this post from Rory Green and Tom Ahern on gender differences in fundraising asks.

Fundraiser magazine asks how can legacies be promoted across charities?

Ignited Fundraising share five ways to show gratitude to donors on World Gratitude Day.

Clairification list six traits of relationship building non-profits.

Mark Phillips questions why so many fundraisers like asking for small gifts.

Pamela Grow with the do's and don'ts of donor 'thank you' calls.

Wild Woman Fundraising talks us through a compelling end of year appeal from St Joseph's Indian School.

Simon Scriver looks at a good and bad charity video.

Fearless Fundraising on qualification visits.

Kivi Leroux Miller follows up her post on favourite fundraising offers with one on favourite engagement asks.


Fundraising Reading Round-Up

A little bit later than usual, it's time for another fundraising reading round-up. Enjoy.

August's Nonprofit Blog Carnival is now live. This month the topic is raising awareness for your cause and is hosted by Kivi's Nonprofit Communications blog.

Donor Relations Guru shares a strategic donor relations plan.

The Hilborn blog with a reminder that it costs money to raise money.

Another mystery shopping test, another set of disappointing results. Bloomerang are the latest to discover the poor level of donor care in our profession.

Kivi Leroux Miller shares a great list of fundraising asks and offers.

Clairification with the six best ways to make storytelling part of your nonprofit culture.

The Penguin blob on why being selfish is doing good.

Joe Matassino on 101 Fundraising on building the confidence to make 'the ask'.

The Fundraiser magazine have a case study on how Terrence Higgins Trust revamped their gala dinners.

Pamela Grow takes another look in her mailbox and finds a lovely impact update.

The Fundraising Coach ask if you're ready for donors using Linked In?

The Veritus Group with the best thing your organisation could ever do.

David Meerman Scott shares a free e-book on real time customer service.