Fundraising School: Brush Up On Your Skills

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It’s back to school time! Even if you’re not in school any more, you can still hone your fundraising knowledge. So brush off your notebook, grab a pen, and head over to these amazing fundraising “classes.”

Podcasts by The Fundraising Authority

Joe Garecht’s site is a great resource for new fundraisers and seasoned veterans alike. His podcasts are awesome — it’s easy to put them on in the background while you answer e-mails or eat lunch, and they’re full of great advice. Joe covers everything from appeal letters to soliciting major gifts. It’s updated pretty regularly, so check back for new episodes!

If podcasts aren’t your thing (or even if they are!), Joe’s got tons of fantastic articles posted on his site, too.

Magic Keys Radio

Hosted by Kivi Leroux Miller and Claire Meyerhoff, this podcast is full of nonprofit marketing advice. If you’re curious about ways to raise awareness about your organization and its mission, attract new donors, and retain the supporters you have, this is a wonderful place to start. The radio-style podcasts are 30 minutes long and are very easy to follow. The marketing duo hasn’t released any new episodes since 2011, but the ones that are posted are very relevant and useful.

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Nonprofit Tech for Good, a site created and run by Heather Mansfield, focuses on offering “valuable, easy-to-understand information, news, and resources related to nonprofit technology, online communications, and mobile and social fundraising.” And she’s not kidding! Her articles are full of wonderful advice and real-life examples and, for a limited time, her webinars are being offered for free. Keep an eye on them!

Podcasts from The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

Fire up your iTunes, kids — these podcasts are great. The Centre has uploaded 138 separate podcasts, available on iTunes, on everything you can think of. New podcasts are put up periodically, so this is definitely a page you should bookmark. The most recent one was published in January of 2014, and the first one was posted all the way in 2006. That’s a lot of material to cover — better get started!

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