Making the Right Choices as Fundraising Professionals
Choose to build our profession. Fundraising is still evolving as a profession. We have come a long way. But we have a long way to go for our profession to have the respect that our work deserves. Provide your organizations the value they deserve and get involved in organizations like the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, North American YMCA Development Organization and Association for Healthcare Philanthropy that help build you and build our profession.
Choose to mentor others. Help people fulfill their potential in our field. Do this on a regular basis and you will build a great legacy.
Choose to honor donors. They are who we really work for — help them achieve fulfillment, significance and the joy of giving. Treat them with the respect that you want as a donor. Remember that regardless of the size or timing of the gift that they are special people with whom you are honored to partner to accomplish great things.
Looking for Jeff? You'll find him either on the lake, laughing with good friends, or helping nonprofits develop to their full potential.
Jeff believes that successful fundraising is built on a bedrock of relevant, consistent messaging; sound practices; the nurturing of relationships; and impeccable stewardship. And that organizations that adhere to those standards serve as beacons to others that aspire to them. The Bedrocks & Beacons blog will provide strategic information to help nonprofits be both.
Jeff has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience and is a member of the NonProfit PRO Editorial Advisory Board.