As frontline fundraisers, we know that the best practice is to build a prospect's relationship with the organization rather than with us as individuals. We do this so that if and when we depart from our roles, the donor will likely maintain their philanthropic relationship with the organization. However, we can acknowledge that we naturally develop relationships with one another – it's only natural! So, what can organizations do to minimize the risk of diminished relationships when a staff member departs?
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During National Women’s History Month, let’s take the time to remember and acknowledge women history makers and think about how we are inciting change for women in today’s environment. In addition to leading the fight for gender equality, women are actively combating racism, prejudice, lack of access, and other systemic aggressions. These factors emphasize the need for intersectionality in the work toward equity and justice.
It’s the new year, hiring is in full swing, and organizations are preparing to welcome and onboard new employees at every level.
There’s no doubt, we’re living through The Great Resignation. When an organization has great onboarding practices, 69% of employees are expected to stay for at least three years!
After an unprecedented and unpredictable 2020, what’s in store for 2021? Our executive team came together to share their reflections, forecasts, and advice for the coming year.
Read on for Peter, Julia, and Kate’s perspective on the effects of the pandemic, the racial justice movement, the economic downturn, and more.
2020 brought more changes to the nonprofit hiring and talent management landscape than any other year in recent history. What can we expect in 2021? We spoke with three of our Executive Search team members to learn what they are watching as we move forward.
Keep reading for our conversation with Kris, Marian, and Dan. We discussed the future of remote work, how racial justice has influenced nonprofit hiring, what skills will be in demand in 2021, and more.
According to Giving USA 2020: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, U.S. charitable giving reached $449.64 billion in 2019, a 4.2 percent increase in current dollars over 2018. Total giving in 2017, 2018, and 2019 represent the three highest levels on record.
In 2019, individuals drove this generosity, buoyed by a robust economic environment. The S&P 500 soared 28.9 percent over 2018, while disposable personal income increased 4.3 percent and GDP grew 4.1 percent, all in current dollars. These three economic indicators are closely tied to charitable giving, paving the way for strong growth in giving in 2019.
Major gift work is demanding. As a frontline fundraiser, you need to stay laser-focused on donors to build relationships, meet goals, and fund vital programs. It’s difficult to take a step back and look at the big picture—but that context can make you a better fundraiser.
How is the sector changing? What developments are impacting who gives and how they show their generosity? Do we need to change the way we raise money in response?
We distilled five of the most important trends shaping the fundraising landscape into a quick overview for our busy audience. Read on for our roundup, plus one strategy per trend to help you adapt.
Major giving is built on relationships. The process of developing trust and rapport between a major gift officer and a donor takes time—cultivating a major gift is typically an 18 to 24-month process. But it’s not uncommon for fundraisers to leave their job before they reach the two-year mark. Why are fundraisers so quick to jump ship, and what can nonprofits do to recruit and retain top talent?
This article explores the issue of high fundraiser turnover and lays out a framework for hiring and keeping high-performing fundraisers.
At the start of each year, we sit down with our Executive Search team to talk trends in nonprofit hiring and talent management. What’s in store for 2020? Our team members Kris McFeely, Marian DeBerry, and Dan Nevez weighed in.
Keep reading to explore what developments they’re watching, from in-demand skills to recession concerns, high fundraiser turnover to a focus on equity.