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09 November 2012


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Love this. "Raising awareness" too often is a fall-back rationalization to justify doing something that's less onerous (in the minds of many) than fundraising. It's a way to put off the "ask" by saying: "First we must raise awareness of the issue, or nobody will give. So let's do a newsletter, Facebook page, party..." These are all great things, but they're not why our organizations exist. If we're meeting needs, then let's talk about those needs and how we're helping. And let's go out and get the resources we need to enact our missions.

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The future of fundraising is not about social media, online video, or SEM. It's not about any technology, medium, or technique. It's about donors. If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. And the future? It's already here. More.

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JeffJeff Brooks, creative director at TrueSense Marketing, has been serving the nonprofit community for more than 20 years and blogging about it since 2005. He considers fundraising the most noble of pursuits and hopes you'll join him in that opinion. You can reach him at jeff.brooks [at] truesense [dot] com. More.

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