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Professional Fundraising Certificate Program

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In the Midst of Peer-To-Peer Fundraising Troubles, a New Philanthropy Platform Shakes Things Up

The proverbial good old days of peer-to-peer fundraising are over. According to Forbes, both new and legacy peer-to-peer fundraising programs have been on a steady decline since 2009. In fact, the revenue of the 30 largest peer-to-peer programs has declined by as much as $310 million, and it does not look like that trend is …

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Annual Giving Day Returns Tomorrow

Learn more about a popular 24-hour fundraising drive. When BU’s annual Giving Day began in 2014, the goal of the 24-hour fundraising drive was to benefit the myriad great causes across the University: its schools and colleges, student clubs and organizations, the Community Service Center, athletics, libraries, campus sustainability initiatives, and other areas. Over the …

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Jonathan Schaffrath Appointed Program Director for Professional Fundraising Certificate Program

Boston University, Boston, MA – Boston University Center for Professional Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Schaffrath as Program Director for its Professional Fundraising Certificate Program. Since 2006, Jon has been fundraising for Harvard Business School in a variety of positions in development. Jon is currently a Senior Development Officer working with …

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What Does It Take to Be a Successful Fundraiser?

Lou Lataif, former Dean of Questrom School of Business (previously the School of Management) at Boston University, has shared a few tips—which we have expanded upon relative to the field of fundraising. Be passionate! If you believe in a cause, it is easy to talk about it. Your prospects will be unlikely to give to …

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Building Relationships in Fundraising

Experienced fundraisers will consistently tell you, “This is a relationship business.” Their point is that giving to a cause represents an intensely personal decision on the part of the prospect/donor, and it is a choice that must be nurtured and cultivated, not rushed or forced. In the first meeting with a prospect, the watchword is, …

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Five Core Values of Ethical Fundraising

There are five core values every successful fundraiser embraces. Honesty Fundraisers shall at all times act honestly and truthfully so that the public trust is protected and donors and beneficiaries are not misled. Respect Fundraisers shall at all times act with respect for the dignity of their profession and their organization and with respect for …

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