Part I of III – Why is There So Much Turnover Among Development Officers – and What Can be Done About It?

Is your organization’s lead fundraising position a revolving door? You’re not alone.  Our field is marked by some of the highest turnover of any profession.  That’s true for organizations of every size and sector. A few facts: Good fundraisers are ambitious, outgoing people; they naturally attract new opportunities. There is always a high market demand [...]

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Part II of III – How can you discern if this is the right position for you?

Why is There So Much Turnover Among Development Officers – and What Can You Do About It? PART II of III:  How can you discern if this is the right position for you? “Fit” is as much the candidate’s responsibility as it is the recruiter’s or hiring manager’s.  A position may sound prestigious, or interesting, [...]

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Part III of III- What I look for when hiring development professionals – Six Practices that Ensure the Right Fit

PART III of III - What I look for when hiring development professionals -  Six Practices that Ensure the Right Fit In my early 30’s I was recruited to become V.P. of Advancement for a large, multi-site $85 million association.  I took on a much-expanded portfolio, in an unfamiliar city, serving an organization in major [...]

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What Do Great Fundraisers and Journalists Have in Common?

It wasn’t until I became a consultant that I realized the parallels between great fundraisers and great journalists.  Over the years, as I have interviewed board members, staff and donor prospects I always think about how the very best journalists conduct their interviews; instilling confidence and openness that allows the person being interviewed to engage [...]

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