Principles of Fundraising, IMHO (Part 3)
You may consider this short-sighted or just plain wrong, but it's the reality we live with. Are you prepared to explain your overhead percentage to a donor in a factual, non-defensive manner?
Principle 12: When you stop learning, you may as well stop.
Whether it is attending a conference, reading this blog (yea, you!), picking up the latest book on fundraising, viewing a webinar (and paying attention to it), pursuing formal education, or talking to fundraisers who are more experienced ... keep learning. If what you learn doesn't relate specifically to fundraising, ask yourself if there is any takeaway that you can apply.
I'll let Mark Twain have the last word: "Supposing is good, but finding out is better."
Pamela consults with nonprofits, helping them develop their fundraising strategy and writing copy to achieve their goals. Additionally, she teaches fundraising at two universities, hoping to inspire the next generation of fundraisers to be passionate about the profession. Previously, Pamela led the fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations. Pamela is a member of the Advisory Panel for Rogare, the fundraising think tank at Plymouth University’s Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, a CFRE, a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and Dominican University, and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from California Southern University. Contact Pamela at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @pjbarden.