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 […]

The Nonprofit Development Companion – Development and Fundraising are NOT Interchangeable [Book Review]

The Nonprofit Development Companion: A Workbook for Fundraising Success (The AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series) has a wealth of information which I have recently found helpful in crafting a fundraising plan in light of the all encompassing development plan. This is because this book clearly delineates the differences between “development” and “fundraising.” While attending a recent […]

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.

How Long Will it Take You to Raise the Money?

Is this (insert urgent need here) worth alienating the donor most likely to fund the request? Why wasn’t this in our original budget? If we pay upfront for somebody to write grant requests, how do we keep them accountable for meeting performance benchmarks?