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21 GIFs Every Fundraising Professional Understands

Nonprofit fundraising can be a rollercoaster of emotions, to say the least. Here are 21 moments that capture your fundraising experience. Get ready for all the feels.

1. When a recurring donor’s credit card expires and never gets updated.

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2. When you’re in the middle of crafting an appeal and hit send too early.

3. When an anonymous donor makes a $1,000 gift.

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4. When your board didn’t think peer-to-peer fundraising would work, and you raise $20,000 with your first campaign.

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5. When there’s an hour left and you’re 95 percent to your campaign goal.

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6. When you read volunteer surveys saying they weren’t informed about the correct attire or nature of the project.

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“Maybe you didn’t get my last five emails.”

7. When a celebrity makes a personal fundraising page on behalf of your organization.

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8. When you’re dealing with restricted funding.

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9. When your guests bring their friends to your fundraiser.

10. When you’re about to handwrite hundreds of thank you letters.

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11. When a donor wants to pay in bitcoin.

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12. When there’s an audiovisual glitch at your fundraising event.

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13. When your campaign video gets way more views and shares than you expected.

14. When you spend hours on tedious data entry across multiple fundraising systems.

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15. When a 7-year-old raises $40,000 on behalf of your organization.

16. When a board member finally creates a personal fundraising page.

17. When you attend three staff meetings in a row about the same topic…only to get looped into a fourth.

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18. When you blow your campaign goal out of the water with your new fundraising software.

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19. When a grant application is simple and doesn’t require 20 separate attachments for 20 different things.

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20. When you land an awesome sponsorship.

21. When you meet someone impacted by your work, face to face.

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Which ones were your favorites? Or add your other favorite fundraising GIFs to the list in the comments below!

  • Kimberly Guzman


    • Elizabeth Chung

      Hahaha thanks for reading and enjoying, Kimberly!! Glad this resonated 😉

  • Jennifer Simmons

    This is about as real as it gets.

    • Elizabeth Chung

      Jennifer, so glad to hear this hit the mark for you. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Sirin HassanDamdelen

    Enjoyed it very much. Perfect way to end my Monday 🙂

    • Elizabeth Chung

      Thanks for reading, and for the kind words, Sirin!

  • Brice


    Great story! I came across this article and thought to reach out.

    I publish training material to help Catholic organisations improve their fundraising skills.

    The website is catholicfundraiser.net.

    It might make a nice addition to this page or your work to raise funds for Catholic causes. Either way, keep up the great work!

    PS – Also sharing this across all my networks.

  • Nazarkhan K

    #Awesome. The simplest way to understand “Fundraising”

    • Elizabeth Chung

      Thanks for reading! Glad you agree 🙂

  • Rachel Cox

    There is a tumblr page called “When You Work at a Nonprofit” and it is like this article x100. Spot on, as usual!

    • Elizabeth Chung

      Love that tumblr page, Rachel! Thanks for that, we always love new resources to check out. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Number 8 is so relatable to our ministry!! Made me LOL..

    Ellel Ministries USA

  • Medina Senior Center

    Spot on in all cases ~ thanks for understanding and capturing perfectly!

    • Elizabeth Chung

      Good to hear! Glad you enjoyed!


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