I am delighted (and somewhat humbled) to say that I’ve been featured on the Fundraising Authority’s Top 5 Fundraising Blogs you should be reading list this month – many thanks Joe!
And of course, to return and share the blogging love, it has inspired me to create my own list – it is the season of goodwill and all that after all.
There are some excellent and FREE fundraising ideas and resources out there – which I know are particularly good for smaller charities and non-profits who just don’t have the budget to invest heavily in their fundraising. Small organisation’s like yours.
So here are a few of my recommended sites to go to if you’re in need of some fundraising inspiration:
SOFII – I’ve blogged about this website before but it really is a fantastic place to go if you’re in need of some full on, comprehensive fundraising inspiration. Not a blog as such (although I do believe there is a SOFII blog), you can get information and ideas on everything fundraising related. From giving in depth case studies on fundraising in its many forms – major gift, trust fundraising, sponsorship, alumni campaigns, public campaigns, direct mail, legacy – you name it – to a copywriting clinic, there really are limitless resources on it for those of you who may be looking for a little help in the idea generation department.
101 fundraising – this relatively new site is a fundraising ‘crowdblog’ – similar to crowdfunding where many contribute small amounts to raise large amounts of money for projects, the Fundraising 101 blog receives contributions from fundraising professionals from around the world. It offers a fresh perspective on fundraising and gives an insight to the differences – and similarities – facing all of us fundraisers, no matter where we are based.
The Fundraising Authority – of course, it would be most remiss of me to leave out Joe Garecht’s blog. However, don’t be fooled into thinking I’m just returning the favour. His blog is a gem full of ideas and covering the fundraising gambit – from major gift to event fundraising, the FA really gives the big picture on everything (and look out for a post from Joe on Activate Fundraising in the New Year).
Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog – although with a focus on marketing, Katya also blogs about fundraising and social media, giving information and ideas that you could implement. Her blog offers a fresh perspective on getting your non-profit communications, fundraising and social media right so that you’re reaching the right audience with the right messages and achieving more.
The Agitator – with a no nonsense approach, this blog tells it like it is in relation to fundraising and social media. If you’re not reading it, you should be. It often features campaigns that work well – and similarly those that don’t – giving you great ideas about what could work in your non-profit (or not as the case may be).
Those are just a very few of the blogs that I regularly read and that are full of fundraising ideas and advice – from nuggets of wisdom to templates for thank you letters and everything in between. And it’s all absolutely free gratis. What on earth did we do before the Internet?
If you’ve any others that you’d like to share, add them in the comments below.
Other posts with a similar theme include:
Social Media blog roll – for social media tips and ideas for non-profits from some of the top bloggers around the world