The Art of Creative Fundraising
George Smith. The White Lion Press Limited.
Published 1996. £24.00+ postage & packing.
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220 pages. ISBN 0-9518971-1-X
George Smith tears open the conventional wisdom
of fundraising creativity. Asking Properly is that
rare thing – a book that changes the rules of an
apparently established trade.
Irreverent, funny, savagely critical and genuinely inspiring
– often on the same page – this is perhaps the
most authoritative book ever written about the creative aspects
of fundraising and is likely to remain a key text for years
to come. The author offers a profound analysis of donor motivation
and criticises the extent to which charities take their supporters
for granted. But it is no mere commentary on current practice
– it offers a comprehensive checklist on how to optimise
the creative presentation of the fundraising message. The
whole gallery of creativity and media is surveyed and assessed,
with hundreds of examples of fundraising campaigns from around
the world illustrating the need to ‘ask properly’.
It is provocative, refreshing and, above all, highly instructive.
Read it, apply its lessons and it must enable you to raise
more money. Only George Smith could have written this. We
should all be glad that he has.
Tiny Essentials of Writing for Fundraising and Up Smith Creek.
‘Asking Properly, George Smith’s book on creative fundraising, is the one most likely to be stolen
from the Bluefrog library. On page 89 you'll find
his Curmudgeon's Corner, where he details the
five dumb habits that people who write for
charity often fall into. If you are interested
in great copywriting, I suggest that you get
yourself a copy.’
Mark Phillips, MD of creative agency Bluefrog, London,