DMA Nonprofit Federation

12 Tips for Bulking Up Your Offer
August 18, 2009

A strong offer can make all the difference in helping your organization raise more money from prospects. In his session at the DMA Nonprofit Federation's 2009 New York Nonprofit Conference last week, Tom Gaffny, principal and founder of Tom Gaffny Consulting, examined fundraising offers to demonstrate what works and what doesn't.

DMANF Announces New Advisory Council Members
June 19, 2009

June 19, 2009 — The DMA Nonprofit Federation is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2009, Susan M. Loth, director of fundraising, Disabled American Veterans, will serve as Chairman and Geoffrey W. Peters, president, CDR Fundraising Group, will serve as Vice-Chairman of the Nonprofit Federation's Advisory Council. 

Q-and-A With DMANF Executive Director Christopher Quinn
June 2, 2009

In March, the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation named Christopher Quinn its new executive director. In this role, Quinn, formerly assistant vice president of membership for the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, directs the DMANF under the DMA's policies and procedures, advances the interests of nonprofit members in terms of public policy, education and networking opportunities, and promotes the use of direct-response fundraising methods for the sector. Quinn recently took the time to answer some of our questions about his new role, the challenges he expects to face and how he'll surmount them.

ProSpeak: See the Future by Looking Within
February 24, 2009

The 800-pound elephant in the room at the DMA Nonprofit Federation’s 2009 Washington Nonprofit Conference that took place in Washington, D.C., in January was, of course, the economy and how fundraising execs planned to cope with what could be a very tough time for charities.

The Real Costs of E-philanthropy: There’s No Such Thing as a Free Donation
September 10, 2008

What are the real costs of e-philanthropy? Coming from a direct-mail background, my experience has taught me that every, single component has a specific return on investment and is measured for value. Unfortunately, the words “return on investment” ring hollow in many development conference rooms these days. If one more person says, “Just send an e-mail — it doesn’t cost anything,” I’ll scream. Wake up and smell my energy drink — it costs plenty. As I started to pull my notes together for this article, I went to what was safe — let’s see — five costs that every fundraiser needs to consider for

The Real Costs of Online Fundraising
September 1, 2008

What are the real costs of e-philanthropy? Coming from a direct-mail background, my experience has taught me that every, single component has a specific return on investment and is measured for value. Unfortunately, the words “return on investment” ring hollow in many development conference rooms these days. If one more person says, “Just send an e-mail — it doesn’t cost anything,” I’ll scream. Wake up and smell my energy drink — it costs plenty. As I started to pull my notes together for this article, I went to what was safe — let’s see — five costs that every fundraiser needs to consider for

From the Ashes
April 1, 2008

There’s a lot to be said about failure. Mainly that it stinks. No, seriously — failure helps you appreciate success a little more, right? And on a less existential level, it can teach you a lot about what not to do next time around. That’s no more apparent than in the world of direct-mail fundraising efforts. And from what we hear, it happens to the best of them. So to prove you’re not alone when one of your ideas isn’t as all-fire successful as you had hoped, here are a few failure stories from fundraising pros. Hear Ye, Hear Ye … Don’t Traumatize Your