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Welcome to Propper Fundraising, the website collating fundraising blogs and articles written by some of the best fundraisers, leaders, marketers and data professionals.

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Interview with Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost, UCL and Lori Houlihan, Former Vice-Provost (Advancement)

The pioneering work of Michael Arthur, President & Provost of UCL and Lori Houlihan, former Vice-Provost (Advancement) have given HE Advancement a seat at the top table. Their campaigns raise unprecedented funds, while challenging and changing the culture of institutions along the way. Here, Sir Eric Thomas, Karen Cairney and Colin McCallum had the enormous […]

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Rethinking the Future of Donor Visits

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a “new normal” throughout the nonprofit sector, as it has for many other sectors. Frontline fundraisers in particular spend many hours traveling and meeting face-to-face with donors. The recent transition to remote learning and working has prompted many fundraising offices to pivot and learn how to conduct business by way […]

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The default nonprofit board model is archaic and toxic; let’s try some new models

Board members are volunteers who contribute time, money, talents, connections, and even the occasional shoulder to cry on during challenging moments. We owe a lot to the brilliant board members out there who are helping us make the world better every day. However, we need to admit that boards in general are seriously problematic. For […]

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Meet the people – a lesson in asking the public the right question…

Understanding public opinion is always worthwhile but can be fraught with danger. David Kernohan examines the unexpected policy impact of a recent poll and discusses why a huge part of the art and science of survey design is choosing the right questions to ask. https://wonkhe.com/meet-the-people-a-lesson-in-asking-the-public-the-right-question/

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