Get to KNOW your Donors! You are not in the fundraising business! You are in the relationship business! Ask open-ended questions. Be polite. If […]
“Eating a croissant, walking down the streets of Paris.”
“Living off of my lottery winnings.”
Did you ever have a boss who took credit for your work? For instance, you spend days and nights producing a grant that will […]
If there is corruption at your nonprofit, who can you go to? Who helps you get a fair salary for your fundraising experience? Where […]
“But,” Ms. Pelosi continued, “the American people need it. Why are we here? We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress. We’re here to do the job for the American people,
Do you come to work with a sigh?
Do you daydream about working at other nonprofits, or getting out of the field entirely?
Do you seem to have lost your motivation?
Do you search for other jobs at work?
What are you assuming about your donors? About your members and constituents? What are you assuming about the culture of people you are helping, versus the people you ask for support?
“The fundraising letter comes in the form of a “survey,” a frequently used device for partisan fundraising, but this one has a twist: calling itself the “Congressional District Census,” the letter comes in an envelope starkly printed with the words, “DO NOT DESTROY OFFICIAL DOCUMENT”
When you go in for that nonprofit job interview, pretend you’re Sherlock Holmes. Nothing escapes you. Look around. Is this environment going to support you and your goals? What kind of question is that? Isn’t everyone scrambling to find a job? Even if you are scrambling, and you feel that you HAVE TO take the job, these questions are here to help you decide if this job is going to be a difficult one.
In this economic downturn, how are you responding? How quickly are your funders responding? How about your donors?
I just sat down and read the first chapter of “The Starfish and the Spider.” Talk about an inspiring book! You can read it here, too. This book, written in 2007, is relevant today in thinking about four things.
1. File sharing
2. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan
3. Montezuma, Cortez, the Apaches
4. Grassroots movements
Do you want a bigger salary? This is a how-to video for women to negotiate salaries from Ramit Sethi of http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/. It shows key negotiation tactics for how you can get a better salary in your next job. Often we, as women, do not negotiate for the salary we really want. Here’s how you can move beyond that.
Managing Others Development is a crucial department for any nonprofit organization. Not only are development staff tasked with getting all money for the organization, […]