An Interview With Christine Orman, resource development manager, ReRun
FS: What advice would you give to organizations similar to yours, in size and annual operating budget?
CO: Invest in your volunteers. Spend the initial time, energy and planning that is needed to cultivate strong relationships with them; groom them to be able to represent your organization. Don’t wear out your welcome, of course, just be aware of the fact that volunteers come to you because of your mission, but they stay with you because of the relationships they forge with members of your organization.
FS: How many employees do you have?
CO: None. We have two individuals, myself being one, who are compensated as independent contractors.
FS: Do you have any employees strictly devoted to fundraising?
CO: No, but I am responsible for resource development, which includes fundraising. Otherwise, the board members and many volunteers all help with fundraising.