Category: History

A brief history of fundraising

My most complete post.   The origins of fundraising.   How things went wrong.  Fundraising becoming about ‘technique’, not connecting with donors.   And short-termism instead of long-term thinking.   The collapse of the fundraising edifice in 20215. And finally, hope for the future.

The joy of giving

Why did a ten-year old boy experience that joy 55 years ago?   Why is the concept of ‘the joy of giving’ so critical for fundraising now, and how do we recapture it, and bottle it up for our current donors?