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?
When you’re doing what really matters in major gifts, you get a desired organizational outcome (donors retained, upgraded and giving), and you get a donor’s desired outcome (to make a difference).
This year, more and more non-profits will get back to the business of really fulfilling their mission and focusing on making more good happen on the planet, rather than obsessing about the overhead.
So many people who claim to be in service to humankind but behave in ways that prove they are only serving themselves. Treat donors as partners in your nonprofit, not just as sources of cash.