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- This issue has been brought up before (years ago), and it seems that the decision was turned down because Wikipedia guidelines were more liberal back then. but after reading both this article and the Fundraiser article, I really don't see why they're separate. In fact, the latter article doesn't even have any sources. Erpert Who is this guy? | Wanna talk about it? 02:46, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
Merging the two articles
The term "fundraiser" is used in common parlance by laypersons who may not understand the entire scope of fund raising activities. From a professional fund raising perspective, the term "fundraiser" actually refers to fund raising special events, a sub activity of the Annual Fund. The difficulty in wide acceptance or promotion of the term "fundraiser" is just that: it refers to only one activity, and by no means the most important or most profitable.
The second objection to the term is that it confuses the practitioner with the activity That is to say, the professional practitioner of fund raising is known as a fund raiser. The activities that person pursues are known as fund raising, not fund raisers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 13:37, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
- Where exactly are you going with this? Erpert Who is this guy? | Wanna talk about it? 09:07, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
- Articles now merged - I have removed the very US-local-specific information on ad books as it was unsuitable for a general international audience. SFB 22:09, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
Is something missing?
What this article describes sounds very chancy and difficult. Logically, there must be some way to get money that is simpler, easier, and more reliable. Therefore, I believe there is important information missing from this article. It is very biased toward doing something for your money rather than neutral point of view. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 09:29, 2 April 2012 (UTC)
"Traditionally, fundraising consisted mostly of asking for donations on the street or at people's doors..." Really? Is there a source for this? Fundraising methods such as direct mail, subscriptions, fundraising events, and grant requests all have a very long history, so I'm not really sure why this one method of fundraising is considered "traditional" (especially when door-to-door or street fundraising has such negative connotations for many people). Mhick (talk) 14:34, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
Online fundraising and the providers
This article links to page about Fundrazr, which is just one of many providers of crowd funding donations for charity, so this is definitely biased. Just as there are a comparison page for british fundraising site, there should be some likewise for the US (so many, Firstgiving, Razoo, Crowdriser etc.) and Europe (Alvarum, Altruja, BetterNow) This article are also pretty weak on the whole online fundraising part. Any input? I have some interaction with the sector and would gladly help build this, but i'm also inexperienced in editing wikipedia pages. Would it be best to for example make an "online fundraising" section in this article, should the comparison site of british online fundraising sites be expanded to include the whole world? or should a new page be made? JJA-SKB 11:22, 18 February 2013 (CET)
I am a new user to Wikipedia. I am a fundraising consultant and I feel it is necessary to explain the terms listed below.
"The classic development program at institutions of higher learning include prospect identification, prospect research and verification of the prospect's viability, cultivation, solicitation, and finally stewardship, the latter being the process of keeping donors informed about how past support has been used."
This sentence only makes sense to a person who works in nonprofit fundraising. Wikipedia is meant to be a helpful source of information. Listing several terms that do not mean much to a layperson is not helpful. It is important to talk about these terms in a way that will help a broad audience understand how they relate to fundraising.
The prospect research process is about identifying people that have interests or values that match up with the work of an organization. In this process, we are identifying the passions of prospective donors. Once we have identified donors who have passions that match up with the work of an organization, we cultivate a relationship with them. We help them understand the impact the organization is making and how they can partner with that organization to make a difference. Solicitation is asking the donor to invest their money in an organization so that together they can impact people or a cause. Stewardship refers to how the gift is administered and how the organization continues to build a relationship with the donor and keep their trust.