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Development Officer Turnover: Why it Happens and What Can be Done (Part I of III)

Is your organization’s lead fundraising position a revolving door? Here's what you can do about development officer turnover. 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 [...]

By |2023-05-16T22:36:39+00:00August 17th, 2016|Development Professionals|0 Comments

Development Officer Turnover: Is This the Right Position? (Part II of III )

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, [...]

By |2023-05-16T22:38:40+00:00August 18th, 2016|Development Professionals|0 Comments

Hire Development Professionals Who Stay: 6 Right-Fit Practices (Part III of III)

Experiencing a lot of development officer turnover? Hire Development Professionals who stay. Learn what I look for when hiring development professionals (PART III of III in our series on development officer turnover) 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 [...]

By |2023-05-16T22:39:30+00:00August 18th, 2016|Development Professionals|0 Comments

When a Board Culture Must Change: Creating an Effective Board

If this headline grabbed you then you are in good company with the many non-profit leaders who want something different or more from their board. Board culture: it’s one of our sector’s great challenges. Strong non-profit boards are vital, but remarkably hard to develop. The good news is that the problem doesn’t lie in a [...]

By |2023-05-16T22:40:42+00:00March 19th, 2016|Development Professionals|0 Comments

11 Things 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 [...]

By |2023-05-16T22:41:26+00:00August 18th, 2016|Development Professionals|0 Comments

7 Reasons Why Your Donors Have Stopped Giving To You

Strategies for boards and staff to keep your donors from slipping away. Why do organizations let donor relationships lapse when it costs so much to secure new ones?   Consider these real-life scenarios: Your campaign committee is reviewing a list of generous past donors: “Whatever happened to (pick a name)? He was so committed to [...]

By |2023-05-16T22:42:17+00:00January 17th, 2016|Development Professionals|0 Comments

Do political campaigns affect charitable giving?

Could nonprofits suffer a loss of image – and charitable giving — by being confused with the “social welfare organizations” designed to funnel contributions into electing politicians and affecting legislation? I am concerned. If you are like me, you have been turned down for a charitable gift by a donor prospect who is “tapped out” [...]

By |2023-05-16T22:43:13+00:00February 19th, 2016|Development Professionals|0 Comments

Ramifications to Philanthropy When Potential Donors Die Without A Will

“I don’t wanna die. I’d rather dance my life away.” Prince died without a will. It’s hard to believe for a man with such business savvy, surrounded by teams of lawyers and business managers. It’s more regrettable for a man with compassion who understood some of the grimmest realities of life. Had he given thought [...]

By |2023-05-16T22:44:16+00:00May 1st, 2016|Development Professionals|0 Comments