Part 1: Thoughts on commission-based fundraising

What is commission-based fundraising? Someone from outside the organisation undertakes to raise funds in the name of the organisation in exchange for a flat commission on the funds raised. The cash-strapped NGO does not contribute any funds towards the costs of fundraising, does not have to increase its salary bill to employ a fundraiser and only incurs an expense after funds have been raised. In fact, usually the organisation provides no more than information and some logistical support. Sounds like a really good win-win, doesn’t it?

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