Three Years of What Gives Philanthropy and the launch of #WhatGivesWednesdays!

Happy 3rd Anniversary, What Gives Philanthropy!

I am so proud to dedicate this post today to celebrating the 3rd birthday (November 23rd) of this blog: 1095 days… 85 posts… 26 guest posts… Now that I think about it, the word “proud” hardly does it justice. I am delighted that I’ve continued to truck along with this blog for three years now, and that I’ve had so many of you reading what we – and I mean we – put out there for you. Thank you.

On the blog’s 2nd anniversary, I recommitted to excellence, but on its 1st birthday, I took the opportunity to change things up. This year, I’m going to do that again. It’s time for a change.

Why??? For two reasons. Firstly, it is healthy to mix your life up and try to take your endeavours to a new level when you have the opportunity to. Secondly, because Paul Nazareth told me to.

I’m partly kidding, but only partly. Paul Nazareth is a mentor of mine who I absolutely admire. I was lucky enough to see him for a coffee back in September and he encouraged me to do two things: (1) seek new opportunities for my blog, and (2) find a niche for myself. Now I didn’t want to arbitrarily assign myself a niche, so with his guidance, some introspecting, and by seeking advice from other friends/peers, my potential niche – or at least an area of interest – made itself clear: young donors. Or, how I’d prefer to refer to them as: young (non)donors.

I don’t want to go too far into the topic of young (non)donors yet, but here’s what I do want to tell you. We have a new initiative here at #whatgiveswednesday. This is going to be a year-long project to begin with, and we’ll see from there. We all know that we can’t ignore our youngest constituency, and we’re starting to learn a little more about them, but it’s still a bit of a mystery. My mission – and I hope you choose to accept it with me – is to crack this mystery!

Every other Wednesday (on the weeks I don’t already post), there will be a post by me or a guest blogger focused exclusively on young (non)donors. Why do they give? More importantly, why don’t they give??? What’s important to them? How can we engage them best now to ensure they stay engaged in the future?

Do not fear, the regular Friday posts will continue, but next week on Wednesday (November 26), you’ll see the first #whatgiveswednesday post and we’ll get started on our year-long mission.

Thank you for reading and I can’t wait to see what transpires in year four!

…oh! One other thing: posts will from here on in will never be longer than 500 words. I love that The Annual Giving Network always keeps their blog posts short and sweet, so I’m committed to doing that, too!


Written by Maeve Strathy


Maeve is the Founder of What Gives Philanthropy and has been working in educational fundraising for the past seven years. Click here to learn more about Maeve.

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