Chapter One: What Is Fund Raising, Anyway?The ABCs of the Nonprofit World
Once, it was called begging. In 1641 a group of clergymen representing Harvard College went to England in search of funds. That was the beginning of fund raising in America.
Small wonder that fund raising still bears a stigma.
"Is there a seamy side to fund raising?" asked The New York Times Magazine
in a 1997 interview with Vartan Gregorian, noted for his fund-raising successes as head of the New York Public Library and Brown University.
"Not for a good cause," said Gregorian.
The fact is, many people think it...
Both of us stumbled into fund-raising writing. Danielle had done virtually no proposal writing before taking her job at The Nature Conservancy in 1994. When she sat down to write her first piece, she was terrified.
Joe wrote his first proposal years ago at New York University. He had little idea what a development office was until he joined the staff there. His boss, a Harvard graduate and friend of James Baldwin and W. H. Auden, was a gifted writer who had learned his craft in fund-raising offices at Princeton and Cornell.
Together we will use our different vantages in Writing for a Good Cause
to help you...