January 23, 2013

Report: Hard times for fund raisers

LA Times A key finding is that half the chief fundraisers -- or “development directors” as they're known in the nonprofit world -- expect to leave their current jobs within two years due to an assortment of pressures, including a frequent feeling that they’re out on a limb because they're expected to produce results without having enough backup from bosses and boards that haven’t managed to put effective, systematic fundraising plans and approaches in place.

Only 58% of the development directors rated their organizations’ fundraising as “effective” or “very effective,” compared with 83% of the chief executives, and nearly a third of the fundraisers said they’d been given “unrealistic” goals.

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