Building Your Board of Advisors: Effective Career Mentoring

We talk about how mentoring is the key to a successful fundraising career, but we don’t actually teach how to do it. That changes today. In leading the 2017 AFP Leadership Academy session Building Your Board of Advisors: Effective Career Mentoring, Kenneth C. Frisch and Benjamin Mohler explore effective ways professionals can engage in mentoring as part […]

Burning Bridges, a Two-way Road

Opting to burn bridges does not give license to name, blame, and shame. We’ve all heard the adage “don’t burn your bridges.” As you leave positions for new opportunities in your career, don’t fear the specter of burning bridges. Sometimes they’re a good thing. To date, I have removed four professional colleagues from my address book, social media connections, and blocked them […]

Titles for Fundraisers Revisited

Not long ago I bookmarked a blog posting by David Lawson asking the question, “philanthropy, when did it become about fundraising?” In his post on Working Philanthropy, Lawson correlates the role of fundraising and a healthy nonprofit organization to the legacy of Steve Jobs. “Fundraising is a necessary part of philanthropy, but it in no way should […]

Reconsidering the Titles We Give Professional Fundraisers

Within the profession we use awkward terminology to refer to the relationship donors share with the person that represents their connection with the organization (e.g. development director and major gifts officer). Neither of these titles reflect the balance professional fundraisers negotiate between donor intent and organizational need… a highly difficult task in light of donor advised funds, restricted gifts, and performance-driven grant making. These titles also fail to address the other aspects of the fundraising profession, the trust relationship.

CFRE Updates Certification Requirements

CFRE International sent me an E-mail yesterday announcing two revisions to the policies for initial and re-certification. I wasn’t able to locate this announcement on the CFRE website so here is the information for anybody considering to obtain this professional fundraising credential (I recommend you do, as do others). 1) Earning Continuing Education credits. Applicants […]