7 Steps to Retain Your Fundraisers
Step 5: Attain fair systems
Resource allocation and reward systems are important to fundraisers. Absence of institutional support or lack of systems is identified as a cause for resignation. Fundraisers need resources in order to garner resources. Meet with your fundraising team to identify areas that should be resourced. When adopting fundraising goals, exhibit sensitivity. Integrate fairness in performance measurement and compensation. Fundraisers reveal this metric helps them discern their worth to the organization.
Step 6: Acquire and assign qualified people
Fundraisers rely heavily on others. Competent and emotionally mature team members can increase the satisfaction of a fundraiser. Recruit seasoned fundraisers based upon demonstrated success. Once you define the organizational structure, give careful consideration to staffing, particularly management. Do not assume a successful fundraiser wants to manage others or the department. Recruit to augment the skills of existing fundraisers and to support future organizational goals.
Step 7: Agree to professional development
Fundraisers want to sharpen skills. Since fundraisers craft strategies around proven techniques, they value exposure to verified best practices as well as innovative techniques and technology. Encourage, promote and resource professional development for fundraising professionals at all levels.
Tycely Williams, CFRE, is president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington D.C. Metro Area Chapter and director of major fifts for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @tycely