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Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.

– Hank Rosso Image Source

 


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. – Francis Bacon 

He gives twice who gives promptly. – Publilius Syrus

Successful charitable fund-raising has much in common with managing a business: It requires leadership, persistence, and creativity. – David Rockefeller

Fundraising is very, very time-consuming. –  Arlen Specter

I would rather have it said, ‘He lived usefully,’ than, ‘He died rich.’  – Benjamin Franklin

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. – Dr. Seuss

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Fast Company often published articles of interest to the nonprofit world including 3 Pillars of a Successful Nonprofit Strategy by Seth Kahan.

Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to the law. The Charity Lawyer Blog by Ellis Carter is a fantastic resource for legal issues of concern for nonprofits.

LinkedIn isn't just for job searching. How Fundraisers Can Get More Out of LinkedIn provides some great tips on how to up your game on the platform.

Nonprofit Tech for Good provides handy specs for social media graphics in The Importance of Branding Your Nonprofit on Social Networks Through Graphic Design.

Sometimes we fundraising professionals can feel a little misunderstood when leadership and program staff don’t really understand what we do. Sometimes we’re treated like the sketchy used-car salesmen of the nonprofit world whose only purpose is to get the money by hook or by crook. And yes, hitting fundraising goals is the main point of the job but a top-notch fundraiser knows that how you get the money matters. They also know that the job doesn’t end once the check arrives.

There’s a body of specialized knowledge good development staff have that protects organizations from potential liability issues or PR disasters that many don’t realize. There are laws, tax issues, and ethics related to charitable giving that a fundraiser needs to be familiar with so that they can head off any potential pitfalls or, at minimum, raise a flag when a more expert opinion might be needed. Below are a few common issues of concern to fundraisers that staff and board may never think about:

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