Sometimes when a fundraiser seems to be doing well, but they’re not meeting their metrics, it’s worth looking at the rest of the organization.
A well-run non-profit has a leader who clearly understands that there are three critical legs to the non-profit stool – functions that must be carefully balanced for the organization to be effective…
If you want success as a major gift fundraiser, you have to be focused and accountable to the work you are doing. Weekly meetings with management will help you to do that.
Perhaps you, someone you manage or your boss is a scatterbrain. You can choose to live with it and eventually witness failure and ongoing frustration; or you can understand that person and help develop a system of discipline, structure and focus that will lead to success.
The gift of labor is a precious thing; it should be valued and stewarded both because it is the right thing to do and because the giving of time is closely tied to the giving of money.
When hiring a new professional fundraiser, find out if she’s sales-oriented, has good communication skills, and accepts accountability. Oh, and does she care about your cause?