Thank you to those who contacted me in response to A Fundraiser Bill of Rights. I had no idea it would create such a response – and uncover a wonderful report. Read on…
I received a note from Simone Joyaux in praise of the bill of rights, and she kindly directed me to this 2013 report, UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. It highlights the need for organizations to fundamentally change the way they lead and resource fund development to create a workplace that supports fundraising success. The report contains the results of a joint project between CompassPoint and The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.
“Fundraising can’t be a priority for just one individual. It has to be a priority, and a shared responsibility, for the board, the executive director and the staff alike.” Linda Wood Senior Director, Leadership and Grantmaking The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Is it really such a novel idea that in order for charities to be successful in raising funds, everyone – staff and volunteers – need to play their part? With such a high turnover rate of fundraising staff, and the resulting costs in donor relations, staff time and budgets, surely this is an area that needs our attention.
The goal of this report is to serve as a ‘conversation starter,’ so what are you waiting for? Dive in.