Category: Fundraiser self-care and sustainability

Join GIFT at the 19th Annual Allied Media Conference

Join us in Detroit this June 15-18 as we explore how we can fund, resource and sustain our work and movements in ways that energize us, strengthen our organizing, and build community.

Finding the Time for Grassroots Fundraising

Dear Kim, I have tried to follow the advice in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal and from you, Andy Robinson, Stephanie Roth, and other grassroots fundraising experts. What you all say makes sense. Having said that, I hope you don’t find my question rude: where do you find the time to really implement all this advice? […]

“I’m not asking for ME…”

Sometimes it seems like everyone has something to say about fundraising. But it’s not often that we get to hear development directors and executive directors offer their most candid thoughts on the challenges and the deep rewards of building resources to drive social change.

Rewarding Good Work with More Work

Dear Kim, I have been a development director for the same organization for five years, and everyone agrees I have done a good job. Every year we have increased the number of donors we have and the income from them; we have more foundation grants and we have a board that, for the most part, […]

Conversations in Abundance & Wealth: Courageous Moves Towards Authentic Collaboration

by Sophia Kizilbash This reflection is a call for all of us to live more courageously in our lives and roles as fundraisers.  In my life, the bridge I am walking across to reach this courageous place is the same as my journey to live as a whole person.  Not segmented, not releasing parts of […]

Underdeveloped: Real Talk from GIFT about Challenges in Nonprofit Fundraising

A recent report entitled Underdeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising published by CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund helps to further elevate many of the questions and experiences we have been talking about for some time. Here are a few of the key takeaways from the report: Development positions […]

Conversations in Abundance and Wealth: How We Stay Grounded and Visionary as Grassroots Fundraisers

By Sophia Kizilbash. With this post, we set an intention for conversations and learning on the deeper layers that get stirred up in us as fundraisers.

Stop the Burnout! 20 Tips to Help You Fundraise for the Long Haul

Check out this article by Manish Vaidya to learn how you can stop the burnout. And if you’re in the Bay Area, please join us on Monday, June 24th from 12-1pm for our Brown Bag on Self-Care, Wellness and Sustainability hosted by Carolina Morales of Communities United Against Violence (CUAV). You will get the chance […]

7.26 The Downtime of Summer

Some great ideas for how to make the most of slow times

7.14 Develop fundraising leadership

July-August 2011 Grassroots Fundraising Journal Work Smarter, Not Harder Featuring: Developing Fundraising Leadership by Marjorie Childress The departure of an executive director naturally raises questions about carrying fundraising forward. The SouthWest Organizing Project learned that succession planning for shared fundraising responsibilities even before a transition makes the process far easier.  Read the full article here.