Due to holidays and a busy work schedule it's been a while since my last round-up. Sorry for the delay!
Before I get on to the usual list of links, there are two things I wanted to mention.
First of all, I wanted to highlight the Resource Alliance's free Online Fundraising conference on the 13th and 14th May. I'm a big fan of 'free' and there are some good speakers and interesting topics, so thought it might be of interest to you.
Secondly, I've already said that I think 2015 will be the year relationship fundraising comes of age. Two important series of articles lend weight to my opinion.
Ken Burnett's new five piece series on the future of fundraising is thought provoking and challenging. I'm sure the rest of the series will follow in a similar vein. It will be interesting to read the response to the series and to see if people will follow Ken's call to action to re-think our approach to fundraising.
The other series is from Giles Pegram on 101 Fundraising. Giles takes a close look at the current state and future of relationship fundraising.
Elsewhere on the web...
Tobin Aldrich reveals the secret of a successful fundraising strategy.
Jeff Brooks explains the most common fundraising error, and how to avoid it.
Beth Kanter describes seven trends in Giving Days.
Lori Jacobwith on how to share a concise, moving story.
Rory Green is sharing a great series on the Institute of Fundraising's blog. The topic? Major Gifts.
How to do great fundraiser engagement from the Pell & Bales blog.
The Hilborn blog has a three part conversation with Penelope Burk that is worth a listen.
The Fundraising Collective wield words to win or wound.
Stephen George has a list of 20 alternative questions that are worth asking at year end.
Another list with twenty items. This time the Veritus Group look at the 20 attributes that make you great.
The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favourite films, so I was bound to love this post from Bright Stop Fundraising called 'The Dufrense Jolt'.
Finally, the awesome Pamela Grow has a great new course on donor stewardship called the 'Power of Thank You' - worth a look if you want to improve your thanking and stewardship processes.