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The Fine Art of Fundraising: Secrets for Successful Volunteers Paperback – November 1, 2004


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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578601800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578601806
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Everything you need to know to raise money for your cause, from the "fundanista" who has raised more than $30 million.

Volunteer organizations are always in need of committed individuals and resourceful solutions. With so many nonprofit groups competing for the same few dollars, yours will benefit from the counsel of one of the top names in fundraising. Whether it’s a bake sale, gala ball or anything in between, Carolyn Farb can help.

From the Author

"Fundraising requires a concentrated effort involving imagination, hard work, and keen business sense. By sharing my experiences as a volunteer, I hope to ignite your passion, encourage your creative resources and motivate you to follow your dream."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Fine Art of Fundraising: Secrets For Successful Volunteers by fundraising visionary Carolyn Farb is a highly practical guide for raising charity funds. From a simple bake sale to a gala charity ball and a wide range of activities in between, The Fine Art of Fundraising presents a practical how-to recipe for success. The author has raised more than $30 million for nonprofits, political groups, arts organizations and more; her experience carries the distilled wisdom of a professional as she explains how to build community interest, what types of events are the best fundraisers, how to earn grants, endowments, and trusts, why making personal contact makes all the difference, how to plan events step-by-step from invitations to clean-up, and much more. An absolute "must-have" for anyone taking up the responsibility of seeing a worthy cause meet its philanthropic goal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Morgan on January 10, 2005
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The successful "Dummy" guidebooks ("Cooking for Dummies", "Rocket Science for Dummies", etc.) could learn a thing or two from Ms. Farb. Her largesse, smarts and savvy are known around the world and she enlightens us all with a look at how superstar fundraising is really done. With her keen writing style, she takes us behind the curtain and we are a fly on a champagne glass in learning all the tricks of the trade of making money for organizations who need it most. She's a prolific volunteer who was donated millions of hours to causes that have so desperately needed her help. With those millions of hours have come millions of dollars of donations, too. Read this and become a Fundraising Superstar now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By www.eFundraise.org on December 13, 2004
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There's no denying that these tips worked for Farb; what's more, they are straightforward and practical. Overall, a good resource guide for volunteers and volunteer managers in charge of executing fundraising projects on the local level.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Patricia J. Wilson on November 28, 2005
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THE FINE ART OF FUNDRAISING is the definitive resource for organizations and individuals involved in fundraising. Every aspect of successful fundraising is covered in this step-by-step guide that focuses on a variety of events ranging from bake sales and carwashes to large scale fashion shows and charity balls. Volunteers new to fundraising as well as seasoned volunteers, committee chairpersons, and organization staff persons will benefit from reading this comprehensive book before beginning any new fundraising project. As a volunteer involved in fundraising events for over 25 years I find this resource to be well organized, thorough, and always on target with practical advice that addresses the needs of volunteers at all levels.

Attracting and handling benefactors and in-kind donors, reaching corporate supporters, and applying for grants are some of the topics discussed by Dr. Carolyn Farb. Anyone who chairs an auction will find the two chapters devoted to the nitty-gritty of planning and executing silent and live auctions immensely valuable. Choosing entertainment, selecting a menu, decorating, public relations--they are all covered in this work. Of particular interest to volunteers are the samples from Dr. Farb's own fundraising successes: invitations, response forms, benefactor letters, menus, seating charts, media releases and many more.

Every organization involved in fundraising should have multiple copies of this book available for staff and volunteers. Fundraisers at all levels will benefit from the valuable tips and wealth of ideas shared in this extraordinary resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carole A. Ford on April 23, 2005
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Dr. Farbs book is fantastic. I recommend this book for anyone just beginning in fundraising or charity events. Dr. Farbs book guides the amateur through promoting a cause, assembling committees, strategic planning, PR and so much more! The only complaint I have is that I did not buy it sooner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Missy Rorrer on April 19, 2005
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I had the good fortune of meeting Dr.Farb at a book signing, 2 weeks before I was asked to chair the 40th annual Lunar Rendezvous Festival which celebrates the accomplishments of NASA and the community that surrounds it. Using her book as the basis for my organizational structure, we have implemented the "zero budget" principle and have enjoyed early successes. I highly recommend this book to anyone planning a charity fund raiser. It truly shows you how to avoid the expense pitfalls of throwing a major venue.
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