As important as it is to have the right Development Director or Major Gifts Officer, when it comes to maintaining an effective fundraising department, it is absolutely essential to have the right Development Assistant.
To be more effective, we suggest that you seek to hire for attitude and train for skills.
There is a misconception about what goes into fundraising that can sometimes keep organizational stakeholders (such as board members, or dedicated volunteers) feeling a little skittish about getting involved—that fundraising is all about asking for money.
Yes, of course fundraising includes asking for money, but a development department’s work is so much more than that.
Conflict is a part of everyday life, but when it comes to Board Members or donors, it is easy for that conflict to become especially fraught. It can be challenging to walk the line between expressing and adhering to your organizational values while simultaneously trying to keep an important stakeholder happy. Here are a few suggestions for strategies to strike that ever important balance.
Building relationships with donors is the goal of your donor engagement strategy. These 6 tips will help you keep in touch to begin this essential relationship!
Wondering what your nonprofit has to gain from fundraising research and consulting? See these 4 major ways they will help your nonprofit reach its goals.
Is your organization ready to scale up and increase fundraising capacity? A nonprofit development consultant can chart out the most sustainable ways to grow.
If there’s one thing we advocate for on the Donorly Blog, it’s donor data tracking. We’re interested in data hygiene, the uses for fundraising, communications, and sales data, and choosing the CRM that’s right for you. Of course, none of that matters if you’re not staffed to successfully keep your data organized and clean in the right tool, in a way that is actually useful to you.
Learning how to do prospect research can be tricky for younger nonprofits. Thankfully there are only 3 main strategies for uncovering actionable results.
Standard workplace expectations in the United States suggest that employees give employers a requisite “two weeks notice” before leaving their current position and moving on to their next job opportunity. This goes far beyond the world of nonprofit fundraising, of course, but the implications for a development department can be detrimental given the time that it takes to conduct a thorough search and recruitment process.
Depending on your organization’s sources of earned revenue, your work might live and die on how effectively your development department reaches its contributed revenue goals each year. That’s no small burden on your team of fundraisers, especially if communication gets murky and not everyone is on the same page about what kinds of numbers they are working toward.
The right prospect research consultant can make a huge difference for your campaign. There are 5 main factors to consider as you narrow down your choices.
Investing in your development staff takes on many forms. It means compensating them appropriately through salary and benefits; putting resources toward their ongoing professional development; and making sure that they have the tools and back-office support they need in order to do their job well.