The job of the smart fundraiser is inspiring passionate philanthropy to make people’s lives better. I know you’re smart, because you’re reading this article! But none of us is born with a fundraising gene. And no one ever really teaches us how to write a smart fundraising appeal. We copy from our predecessors. Or maybe read…Details
“racism requires our silence to perform its wicked dance bigotry carries a golden watch to put us all under its trance prejudice is an old world sailor who tied our tongues into a knot intolerance is an un-blindfolded firing squad who can’t wait to take their shot we say that we’ve changed and now…Details
I find a widespread misunderstanding about the notion of what constitutes being donor-centered. It derives from two misconceptions:
- Assuming people don’t want to be asked.
- Spending all your time on cultivation, assuming folks don’t need an ask and will simply give spontaneously as a result of being wooed.
Both of these rationales short-change your would-be donors.
FIRST: Donors want to be asked because they’re starved for the love that comes from voluntary giving and receiving. Donors have love to give, but don’t always have an object towards which to direct their affection.
SECOND: Donors need to be asked because when they’re not, they don’t know how much you need their help. Consequently, giving feels a bit empty. Almost a bit like a crap shoot. Donors want to invest their money where they feel confident it will be most appreciated and will do the most good.
Let’s delve into both of these misconceptions more deeply, putting them into a donor-centered context.
In other words, what are your would-be donors feeling?
Donors are Love-Starved
Does thinking about how to market to Millennials (who already are the largest segment in the workplace, will be 50% of the U.S. workforce in the next two years, and who will be 75% by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) fill you with anxiety, because it’s just one more thing to add to your overflowing list?
Fear no more!
Today I’m going to tell you how you can have it all – and with very little extra work.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not dissing a multi-generational strategy. If you can manage to treat different types of donors differently, you absolutely will get the biggest bang for your buck by so doing. However…Details
In my last article I offered 7 out of 9 interview secrets to prepare for your next fundraising job. Today I’ve got 2 more biggies!
- Pump yourself up
- Ask others to pump you up
- Strike a Super Hero pose
- Refresh your research and review the job description
- Prepare talking points
- Demonstrate how you’re a good cultural fit
- Avoid talking salary at first interview
- Prepare ahead to answer common questions
- Prepare ahead to ask important questions
Together, these 9 secrets are all you need to ace your next interview and land the job of your dreams.
This is suitable for a Chrismukkah celebration, which is what my family will be celebrating this year. Yes, latkes and brisket on Christmas day. Something for everyone. (Although no matzah; that’s for Passover). But there will be plenty of dough of all types. May your year-end be imbued with the spirit of philanthropy, and filled with…Details