Let me tell you a short, sad story. Once upon a time there was a nonprofit executive director that wanted to send out an appeal letter. He engaged a consultant to write the appeal letter for him. The consultant did so. He showed it to the board. They said, play your cards right and we’ll… [Keep Reading]
The mission of the Fundraising Career Conference is to help fundraising people build their careers. Ultimately our conference will help small nonprofits retain fundraising staff, waste less money, and have more fun. The state of the industry is a mess! With the Haas Jr. Fund Underdeveloped report, plus Penelope Burk’s excellent “Donor Centered… [Keep Reading]
Here’s my first post about Brene Brown’s incredible 2012 book, Daring Greatly. This week I want to talk about what you can do to be a better nonprofit manager, using the concept of vulnerability. Chances are, if you’re supervising someone, they are very much afraid that you’re going to drop a shame trip on them…. [Keep Reading]
Have you heard about the 15 protests in Seattle? What are they all about? In a nutshell, people are asking corporations to raise the minimum wage to $15. Which is still below where it was in the 1970s, but we have to start somewhere. According to the graph above (via Truthdig), minimum wage should… [Keep Reading]
Do you have too much on your plate? What is behind this? Recently I was reading the One-Life Solution by Dr. Henry Cloud. What is the ONE LIFE Solution? Boundaries. Dr Cloud writes, “Boundaries provide the structure to your character that will make everything else work.” What do boundaries have to do with fundraising? EVERYTHING…. [Keep Reading]
Do you work in a silo? Do you not really know your co-workers? Are your staff meetings just interminable? Are you wondering how to get more support in your nonprofit work environment, but unsure of who to ask for help? Or do you feel like even if you ask, no one will help? Are you… [Keep Reading]
Recently I read an excellent book called “Give and Take” Why is it excellent? Because it talks about what to do when you’re stressed out and tired and you just can’t take it anymore. You have to kind of get to the middle of the book to get to this part though. Page 176 to… [Keep Reading]
Fundraising professional, have you ever been fired from a fundraising job?
If you’re a nonprofit leader, have you had some turnover in your fundraising staff lately?
Are you trying to hire a new fundraising person now?
What if… the real common denominator in fundraising staff turnover was not bad hiring practices, but conditions beyond the fundraiser’s control?
Maybe we’re mercenaries. Maybe we’re interlopers in the “pure” world of program services. Maybe we’re a salesperson, to be treated with disdain. Or maybe we’re a mysterious money bag, to be treated with awe and a little fear. I’ve seen all of these responses and more, when I go in to work at nonprofits.
We often make more than program staff. And of course, they feel resentful about that.
We, in turn, feel resentful if senior leadership do not fundraise enough, and we are not being paid to raise all or most of the money.