Have you ever given your power away to someone or something without realizing you were doing it?
Well, I have, and it taught me a lot about how to step back from a situation, and look at it with a pair of critical eyes.
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.
If you’ve ever had a crazy fundraising job, you need to read this post.
Here’s a secret blog post from October 2009, that I put on my private blog, before I had started Wild Woman Fundraising.com. It was just after I finished a crazy job, and so many things on this list rang true for me.
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WHY IS THAT?
This post will tell you why. And what happens when people with no nonprofit experience try to do nonprofit executive level jobs.
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Have you ever had a workplace so toxic, that you have to process everything that happens with your coworkers, excoriating the wrong-doers until you feel better?
Think about your old or current workplace.
How your emotions have gone from soaring hope to plunging despair in an instant.
How you kept asking yourself, why why am I going to this job that I hate?
Why can’t I find a new job that’s better?
Or even, “Why am I looking for a new job at all? All jobs are the same!”