Development Disasters!

By | December 30, 2012

End of the World?Transcript now available!

Now that we’ve all survived the End of the World, what better time to discuss real disasters?

Join #fundchat on Wednesday, Jan. 2 (yes 2013!) at 12 pm EDT to discuss, “Development Disasters!”

To be clear, we’re not talking about how charities respond to disasters, etc. Instead, we’re focused on instances or scenarios where things have gone wrong from a fundraisers standpoint, i.e. snafu with a mailing, faux pas with a major donor, etc.

We’ll use suggested scenarios as fodder for the chat. You could use this opportunity to Monday-morning quarterback a particular disaster OR think through potential pitfalls of something specific.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Suggest specific disasters (real or imagined) for discussion (use the comments section below).
  2. Share @fundchat with your friends, followers, and networks. Encourage them to start the year off on the right foot by joining their very first #fundchat!
  3. Join #fundchat on Jan. 2 to participate!

Many thanks to @FundraiserBeth for this week’s topic suggestion!

Here is the line-up for today:

Q1 Disasters, blunders, missteps…what is one development doozy you’d rather forget?
Q2 Generally, what is a common mistake or error that is made in fundraising/development? What can be done about it?
Q3 When it comes to direct mail, the opportunities for error are high! Share a “disaster” and how you dealt with it.
Q4 Working with major donors & prospects requires delicacy, savvy, and heightened relationship skills. What blunders have you experienced?
Q5 What’s your #1 fundraising and/or development resolution for 2013?

#fundchat is a weekly conversation on Twitter where experts share and discuss topics related to nonprofit fundraising and marketing. Joining #fundchat is a snap. Just use our live discussion page to follow the conversation. When you want to offer a comment or question, the form will auto-fill the hashtag for you. Alternatively, you can use your favorite Twitter client to follow the hashtag (#fundchat!) during 12 – 1 pm EDT to see the conversation in action. When chiming in, be sure to include the hashtag in your tweet. If you are new, you should also check out our participation guidelines.

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