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Comment author: RyanCarey 17 September 2015 05:09:14PM 0 points [-]

Another interesting consideration is that not all of the funds raised by fundraising organisations are attributable to the existence of that organisation per se. A lot of the funds would have been raised by the organisation's founders, who would be enthusiastic networkers and fundraisers even if their organisation did not exist (and even moreso if it someday ceased to exist). Moreover, the ease of fundraising for an organisation like AMF is easier if they are better-funded, such that they use these funds to give themselves a good reputation and deliver positive results. I wonder how sensitive the results of your analysis would be to considerations about i) direct funding improving the ease of fundraising and ii) some funds raised being attributable to the existence of fundraising individuals rather than the organisations they establish.