Development directors for non-profit organizations are often laden with the responsibility to determine how to raise greater and greater amounts of money to help balance their organizations’ ever-growing budget. The most popular and traditional means employed is to increase the goal of the annual appeal. For a number of reasons—the economy, reduced governmental funding, weak stock market or just plain apathy, to name a few—the annual fund approach just isn't working anymore.
Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign consultants, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, fundraising consultants, national consulting firm benefits, Professional Skill Building, professional skill building
Are you a visionary? Or do you prefer to spend your time in the here and now, solving problems and getting on with things? Achieving a balance between 'dreaming' about a desired future state and living in the current state is difficult. Many of us have a strong inclination towards one or the other...very few of us are able to achieve and sustain a balance between the two.
Fundraising is a profession that requires a broad variety of skills. As development professionals, we must have a great deal of poise, polish, and tact. We have very personal discussions with prospects about very significant investments in our organizations. Much of our success relies upon impressing the prospect with our professionalism and forging a true friendship between them and the organization.
Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, Fundraising Principles, professional development, professional fundraisers, Professional Skill Building, professional skill building
Savvy fundraising professionals realize that for their organization to be successful in garnering funds, leadership must come from the top. It is also true that financial development is but one facet of a CEO’s overall performance profile. A beginning point in helping the CEO become a successful fundraiser is to understand what priority the board of directors places on fundraising in its evaluation of CEO performance.
Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Board Development, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles, leadership skills, organizational development, Professional Skill Building, professional skill building, strategic planning
Are you a Chief Development Officer, Vice President of Advancement, or perhaps a Director of Development and Public Affairs? Are you being asked to help manage and direct other aspects of your institution? Is getting all your work done becoming more and more difficult, or even impossible? The answer may be closer than you think—perhaps sitting in the next room.