catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Raising Money

vol. 12, num. 14 :: 2013.07.05 — 2013.07.18

Many good ideas are free, but others cost something to get going—a building, a speaker’s fee, a packet of seeds, a campaign ad, a staff salary—and there are a plethora of models out there for how to gather resources.  What can fundraising look like at its best (and also, perhaps, its worst)?



Fundraising because I can

From slumming chocolate bark as a child to raising money for meaningful cause as an adult.

Fundraising for missions

Remembering a childhood of lugging the slide projector from church to church.


The wildflower way

Fundraising anti-advice from a kid who always just ate the chocolate bars herself.


The perfect sales pitch

On the decidedly mixed bag of direct sales.

Make it happen

An encounter with a phoenix, rising from the ashes.

Five fundraising antidotes for the weak-kneed

Lessons from experience in asking others for money.

Fundraising 101

Wisdom from nearly forty years in the non-profit world.


In case you missed it the first time

The cost of short-term missions

Americans spend millions of dollars each year on short-term mission trips to developing countries. Do these trips do more harm than good?

Ten reasons I love to pay my taxes

Reflections from a morning bike ride on the good things about chipping in.

Investing in happiness

Happiness is the best tool for fostering a healthy community.

Weaving the web

A package arrives

Disturbing money matters in the wake of military deaths.


The Science of Generosity

An initiative that aims to bring together diverse approaches in order to create a field for the study of generosity in all its forms.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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