Association of Fundraising Professionals

Taking the Plunge
May 1, 2004

Wasn’t the AFP conference in Seattle something else? So many people, so little ventilation. But no matter … we all got what we went for — oodles of information about how to manage nonprofits and raise the funds to keep them going and further their missions.

There were some fascinating sessions, many so crowded that the fire marshall was none too happy about it. But not every one was jam packed, and that provided insight into the collective mindset of the nonprofit universe.

Are You Plugged In?
May 1, 2004

M.J. Dunion knew she had a mess to clean up six years ago when she was hired as director of development operations at Boston Medical Center, formed when a private academic medical institution and a city hospital merged. Her main task was to combine several departments that had been using different databases in fundraising efforts. She knew this largely was a matter of using the right technology as efficiently as possible.

Pleased to Meet You
March 1, 2004

We’re going to Seattle. Exciting news — and not just because I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle. The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Conference on Fundraising is the first big industry trade show for FundRaising Success — our coming-out, you might say.

This is a great opportunity for folks who might not have seen FS before to get to know it and the people who produce it. The plan for the show is for the FS staff to put ourselves out there and meet our readers.

AFP Booklet Addresses Ailing Donor Files
March 1, 2004

Many organizations that have poorly performing files are not adequately investing in new lists, resulting in meager prospect-response rates and low new-donor retention rates, writes Margaret Guellich, CFRE, senior director of development for the American Life League, in her new booklet, “Reviving Your Donor File: Prescription for a Healthy Direct Marketing Plan.” The booklet recently was released as the fourth in the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ready Reference Series.

The RFP Process
January 1, 2004

Selecting a fundraising agency to build your donor or membership program can be a tough decision, with many factors to consider. It makes sense, then, to prepare a Request for Proposal that gives responding agencies the proper information and asks the right questions.

The RFP can sometimes be the official “first date” for most agency/nonprofit organization relationships. It sets the tone for the partnership and provides a road map for future success.