Resources for Fund Development

Websites, books, and videos about fundraising abound. Here are a few that Kathleen recommends.

Online Resources

Passionate Giving: Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels

The Veritus Group website is not a how-to, but rather offers thoughtful reflections about donor-centered fund development. Although it is targeted to major-gift officers of large non-profits, I recommend reading their emails as a way remind to yourself of the importance of donor-centered fundraising.

Gail Perry: Fired-Up Fundraising

Gail’s emails are timely, fun, quick to read and help you assess if you have left anything important out of your current fundraising tactics.

Ahern Donor Communications

Tom is an expert on direct mail solicitations. Read him before you write your year-end solicitation. If your inbox in not already too full, sign up for his free newsletter, you’ll get endless tips about donor communication.

Pamela Grow: Specializing in the One-Person Development Department

Pamela has her pulse on issues concerning the small non-profit. She offers inexpensive webinars. Subscribe to her free “Grow Report” and get a set of weekly tips every Thursday morning. If it doesn’t meet your needs, it’s easy to unsubscribe.

SOFII: Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration

If you ever run short of fundraising ideas, visit this site. The SOFII collection of exhibits, articles and resources aims to be the most comprehensive, best organized, and most inspiring collection of fundraising-related content from around the world.

Books and Journals

You could drown from reading books and journals on fund raising. I recommend you give these a try.

Donor-Centered Fundraising by Penelope Burk

This book is expensive and worth every penny. It not only puts donor-centered fundraising at the center of your thinking, but also contains reams of valuable information gleaned from her research that reinforce her talking points.

Storytelling as Best Practice by Andy Goodman

Goodman shows how stories strengthen your organization, engage your audience, and advance your mission. Telling a good story is key to fundraising success.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Available as biweekly printed broadsheet, Website

This publication is quick to read and provides more than you ever wanted know about who gives what to whom and why. From politics to policy and scandal to book reviews, spending 5 minutes a week with the Chronicle is probably worth it.

The Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Available as quarterly print journal, Website

SSIR contains thoughtful, in-depth, well-researched articles by cutting-edge thought leaders who are serious about making the world a better place.  I wish I had more time to read the SSIR articles; they always broaden my philanthropy horizons.