The Accidental Fundraiser

Why a blog on Fundraising!


Few subjects are more misunderstood than fundraising. And with 1.6 million nonprofits in the U.S. alone, a lot of us are involved in the pursuit of the all mighty dollar to support our favorite charities, and all of us are the recipients of requests for funds.

How can we give? What can we give? Is time the same is money? Are there more effective ways to be involved without twisting the arms of friends and relatives?

There is a lot of competition, but there are a lot of opportunities. And there is a lot of good news.

Why “The Accidental Fundraiser?” I don’t think anyone sets out to become a fundraiser. I have yet to meet the board member who says, “I joined this nonprofit board because I thought it would be a great opportunity to raise money.”

We fall in love with a cause. Whether we have a friend with cancer or we love the ballet or care about the environment or want our alma mater to have a new swimming pool. Fundraising is a means to an end. We accidentally become involved in the process.

Learn from a lazy gal how to do it easier, better, “funner” (as my kids used to say) and more effectively.

Carol Weisman, MSW, CSP, still looking for a better way

November 5, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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