I recently finished Donor Centered Leadership by Penelope Burk of the Cygnus Research Group. Have you read this book yet? If the $95 price tag puts you off, let me just tell you that this book is based on 30 years of research with over 2,000 people, and it’s got the facts and figures to… [Keep Reading]
What does it take? I have long been a proponent of the two page resume, but I recently read something in Donor Centered Leadership by Penelope Burk which changed my mind. In this book, Burk talks about the 7 things an employer is looking at when assessing your resume. Have you held progressively responsible… [Keep Reading]
Did you ever wish someone had taught you in high school how to interview, apply for jobs, and succeed in your first 90 days of a job? Like, was that trigonometry class really so much more important than this? I, like most of you, fell into fundraising. When I started working full time at nonprofits,… [Keep Reading]
[raw] [/raw] You may know Pamela Slim from her book, “Escape from Cubicle Nation” but today we’ll be talking about her new book, “Body of Work.” I read this book and loved it, and the questions we’ll ask today are based on some of what you will learn when you buy this book. Note to… [Keep Reading]
I have read a LOT of career guidebooks. Heck. I’ve even written one myself! The trouble with books like “How to be, do, or have anything you want” or “What color is your parachute” is that they make certain assumptions about you. Namely, that you know what you’re going for. But what if you… [Keep Reading]
I, like most of you, fell into fundraising. When I started working full time at nonprofits, there were HUGE gaps in my knowledge. Ever heard the saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know?” Well, we all don’t know what we don’t know. I’ve been in fundraising over ten years. Started out as a fundraising… [Keep Reading]
Today you might have read this 5 star review of my new book from Joanne Fritz at Nonprofit.About.com. Here is a small piece of the review: According to a recent report from CompassPoint, Underdeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, fundraisers are too often set up for failure by a system that is… [Keep Reading]
Have you been burned out by a job? Would you like to learn how to make the best of a nervewracking situation? Since the average tenure of a fundraiser in a nonprofit organization in America is 18-24 months, then chances are you’re going to be looking for a job soon, if you’re not already. It’s… [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?
“I’m using every ounce of my will, my intelligence, my heart and my soul.” Can you say that when you wake up every day, and go to work? If not, Alice Walker has some advice for you. We are often distracted from effective direct action by the project of improving ourselves, of… [Keep Reading]
I’m so thankful for Margaret Battistelli for tracking me down and letting me contribute the front page feature to Fundraising Success Magazine. Thank you Margaret! You should go check it out. It’s here: http://www.fundraisingsuccessmag.com/magazine/fundraising-success/ If you’ve read the article, and you’re like, okay, what’s the next step? What if you’re like, “I want to… [Keep Reading]