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Development Staff: An Endangered Species Pt. 5

How to find a great development director? Throughout this blog series, I have discussed the decline of the Development Director, which has been coming for a long time and is a serious issue. This section focuses on what can be done to recruit good people from outside your organization and keep them! Option 1: Do a traditional search but look for non-traditional candidates. Look for people who are passionate about the work of your organization. Skills can be taught, but passion is either there or it’s not. Best practices show that nonprofits must invest in job training and provide access to a mentor or coach: Tell potential candidates this in the job posting! Some of the best fundraisers are

Development Staff: An Endangered Species Pt. 4

How can nonprofits prevent the extinction of good Development Directors? In our last blog, I explained that the decline of the Development Director has been coming for a long time and is a serious issue. Let’s say that you want to promote someone from within for the position. This section focuses on what can be done within an organization to keep good people. Here are five ways to retain your amazing Development Director: 1. Manage expectations and be realistic - Most Executive Directors approach the hiring of a Development Director with the expectation that the person will raise most of the funds necessary to keep the ship afloat. No one person can do everything, so keep expectations realis

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