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FC welcomes your own longer original posts – from a few paragraphs to something
such as an article.

Fundraising is broadly interpreted: you may work in a large Development
operation or be an individual (and not circumscribed by walls) such as a documentary maker, etc.

Some ideas, from the technical to strategic to societal and cultural, that you may like to use as jumping boards:

  • How to estimate a prospect’s net worth in a mercurial economy?
  • Market volatility, Madoff and the recovering economy:
    what’s the new normal in fundraising?
  • The government budget, politics and funding for, e.g., NSF, NIH, NASA, CDC, NEA, NEH, etc.
  • How do we make databases better serve our needs?
  • How are entrepreneurs changing philanthropy?
  • We suffered a hit in 2008. Here’s what we did to stay alive and competitive.
  • How do you grow a major gifts program?
  • Campaign planning in the new-normal world.
  • Planned Giving in the current economy.
  • Fundraising versus/with/through/via/and/viz a viz “Friend-raising”. You choose the relation(s).
  • Is there a new psychological profile to the American “millionaire next door” and the mega-gift donor?
  • The other departments: programs and public relations.
    How does your organization make it all work together?
  • Turn-over and the lack of qualified major gift officers.  How do you build a viable long-term operation?
  • Key needs in the US: STEM and the K-12 and higher education system.
  • The newer sciences: nanotechnology, stem cells, biotechnology. Where are we?
  • Are foundations obsolete and dedicated to their perpetuity?
  • Analyze new (and also not so new) areas of philanthropy that involve our environment, e.g., climate change, world hunger, lack of clean water resources, clean sustainable energy, etc.
  • Book reviews of recent releases as relevant to multiple fundraising topics.
  • A review of a speaker’s excellent conference presentation (for example, at AFP, APRA, CASE  conferences).

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