Case of the Mondays

Did you receive a raise last year? The University of San Diego reported in their 2016 State of Nonprofits publication that in 2015, there was an 18% increase of total nonprofit wages.   Sadly, if you are a fundraiser, your salary stayed flat according to the AFP Salary Survey 2015. The mean (average) salary for fundraisers…

Director of Development Compensation

The Association of Fundraising Professionals released their Compensation and Benefits Study 2013. According to the report, fundraisers make a: Median salary of $71,100 Mean (average) salary of $82,028 Top 25 percent of fundraisers earn more than $97,000 Bottom 25 percent earn $53,000 or less The good news is that average salaries for fundraisers increased in…

New Year’s Resolution: Set Fundraising Goals

The New Year provides an opportunity to reflect on last year’s fundraising efforts and how to make this upcoming year’s fundraising even better than the last. The economy is starting to turn around and giving to charities is on the rise. So, use this New Year to set your fundraising goals. 1. Set a Goal….

Gone Fundraiser.

“We just can’t find good development directors, and when we do make a hire, they don’t perform well or they leave too soon!” In the past six months, I have had a couple of nonprofits approach me to reconfigure their development departments. Both have had an absence of a Director of Development for over a…

How do your tweets and status updates impact your job?

With today’s day and age, everyone is online. All the time. We use social media for our personal and professional lives. LinkedIn is all about our professional connections and listing our work experience. And Facebook is for posting photos funny quips, rants, raves and photos of just about anything. Or is it? If you are…

The Clothes Make the Fundraiser

  In this month’s San Diego Magazine, Tim Gunn (Fashion Guru and host of Project Runway) was quoted:   I always say, “I’d much rather be overdressed [than underdressed]. Better to be overdressed and showing respect for whatever the occasion!”   In the fundraising world, it pays to be and look professional.  Your job as…

Oxygen Mask or Self-Care is critical

The nonprofit sector is a unique arena – critical in its work, passionate in its culture, exhilarating in its reward. While the benefits of nonprofit work are unmatched, the sector also brings with it a unique kind of pressure and anxiety, which in our best moments propel us, and in our worst make us forget…