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…

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…

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…

The 3 skills of an effective fundraiser

I was recently asked what three skills were needed to be an effective fundraising professional. I thought about the fundraisers I admire and often try to emulate. These were the fundraisers who have effectively built incredible relationships with wealthy philanthropists and knew when and how to call on them when the organization needed their support. These…

Engaging Gen X and Y: Young Entrepreneurs, Invisible Children

  “We went to Africa looking for adventure and we discovered a tragedy where children were being used as weapons.” The tension between generations in the nonprofit workplace has spurred some Gen X and Yers to start their own nonprofits.  Often these young entrepreneurs are inspired at an early age to make a change or…

Book Post #1: Nonprofit Education 101

Lately, I have been reading and researching about nonprofit academic programs for the book (aka Fundraising Across Generations) from undergrad to certificates to masters degree. Did you know that today there are over 292 colleges that offer courses focused on the management of nonprofit organizations and 168 of these programs offer a graduate degree with…

Part 5: How to Become a Nonprofit Professional

Transitioning from the for-profit to the nonprofit sector If you are transitioning from the for-profit to nonprofit sector, I would recommend volunteering for nonprofits.  You will gain invaluable networking with the nonprofit staff and also with the other volunteers who are most likely movers and shakers in the nonprofit world.  Volunteer to work on an…