The Accidental Fundraiser

26: Women and fundraising with Margaret May Damen

Did you know that women make the vast majority of philanthropic decisions, close to 84%?This week Carol and David talk to Margaret May Damen, the president of The Institute for Women and Wealth.

Margaret talks about ways that professional fundraisers can specifically target women in their activities. And if you look at the word heirs and take off the “he” what you are left with is the IRS! She also shows us how to “speak female” and further engage both men and women in the fundraising decision.

Listen and download the podcast now (13:50).

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April 14, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

25: From survivor to champion

Carol and David this week talk to Carrie Wells about her recent selection as a Yoplait Breast Cancer Champion, and some of the work she has done to create the site SurvirorsRetreat.com to help other cancer survivors find and attend weekend retreats to help with their healing. Carrie, who is David’s sister, was inspired by going to a retreat and now is this powerhouse cancer fundraiser. She talks about how she has found her passion and energized her family and friends.

Download the episode here. (11:45)

April 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

24: Having unusual special events

It pays to know your audience, and come up with oddball and unusual special events that go beyond the dinner dance and golf tournament. In this episode, Carol and David talk about some of the more unusual events that she has come across.

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February 28, 2008 Posted by | Special Events | Leave a comment

23: Should you take dirty money?

Every donation and donor comes with some history, and sometimes it can be a sordid situation that might be difficult to accept for the organization. In this episode, David and Carol talk about establishing a “rate card” for the different donor levels, so your organization understands what is for sale and how much notoriety will it take. It is also good to understand what is and isn’t for sale.

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February 28, 2008 Posted by | governance | Leave a comment

22: When money comes with strings attached

In this episode, Carol and David talk about what happens when you ask for help from social venture funds who want to supply executives along with their donations to a non-profit. There are differences in how non-profits and profit-making companies are governed, and some times it is better to look elsewhere for your funding.

Download the podcast here (6:25).

February 28, 2008 Posted by | governance | Leave a comment

21: The ‘Burma Shave’ approach to thanking donors

It is all in how you space your thank you notes and acknowledgments for your donors, and by using companies such as 1-800-postcards or Modern Postcard, to help show how the money you have collected is being spent. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this advertising medium, the company rented a series of billboards by major highways, and a short message on each, as shown in this archive.Download the podcast here (5:15). 

January 6, 2008 Posted by | thanks | Leave a comment

20: How to turn bad news from friends into good works

Unfortunately, Hallmark cards don’t exist for many situations when we hear about friends who have received bad news about their health. Carol and David talk about ways that you can turn this into doing some good works, and how to help others.Download the podcast here (5:45). 

January 6, 2008 Posted by | Podcasts | Leave a comment

19: How to brainstorm for your next fundraising idea

Carol and David talk about how to bring some new ideas to the fundraising table by bringing in people with widely different skill sets.You can download the podcast here. (4:06) 

January 6, 2008 Posted by | Podcasts | Leave a comment

18: Making your Web site a destination

In this episode, Carol talks about how your organization can become a content provider, and uses the example of this site that gives all sorts of information about Hepatitis B. This shows how an organization can become an online  destination and a source of useful and important content, above and beyond a mere brochure of the company’s operations. Download the podcast here (5:45). 

December 21, 2007 Posted by | Podcasts | Leave a comment

17: What is an email auto-responder?

In this episode, David explains the importance of email lists and autoresponders, and how they can help organizations connect with their audiences and supply important kinds of content. Download the podcast here (5:45). 

December 21, 2007 Posted by | Podcasts | Leave a comment