The average tenure of a fundraising professional at a nonprofit is 12-18 months. That means that if you’re in a fundraising job now, odds are you’ll have another 2-3 jobs in the next 5 years. That means you need to get savvy on how to get the right fundraising job for you. This book will help you find the right fundraising job.
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Wild Woman Fundraising
It’s hard to find useful fundraising career advice. People just say “Stick with it! You’ll be rewarded!”
But according to the Bridgespan Group, most nonprofit staff are NOT being groomed for leadership, and only 33% of the time do people from inside the nonprofit even attempt to fill senior leadership level positions.
More than that, according to the 2013 Compasspoint Underdeveloped Report, 21% of development directors in small nonprofits are looking to move out of their current position, and 29% expect to leave the field of fundraising in the next 5 years.
That means that if you’re in your first fundraising job now, odds are you’ll have another 2-3 jobs in the next 5 years. That means you need to get savvy on how to get the right fundraising job for you. Don’t get stuck in a bad situation! But how can you recognize a bad situation? This book will show you how, right in the interview.
This book represents the culmination of all of my years of experience looking for fundraising jobs, from how to create a killer cover letter to how to ace the interview. From speaking your truth at work (and calling out dysfunctional organizational culture), to how to succeed in your first 80 days.
How do I know all of this? Because girl I have been there!
I have been a development assistant, a development associate, a development officer and a development director, as well as a co-founder of a nonprofit and a development consultant. I’ve run big galas, career fairs, auctions, outreach festivals. I’ve written appeal letters and gotten grants. I’ve designed annual reports, marketing materials, and more.
In this book, you will get advice and materials that are easy to use and created especially for you, the busy fundraising professional.
- How to create a compelling cover letter that gets results
- How to relate unrelated experience on your resume.
- How to ask good interview questions to find out if your boss will be a bully.
- Case studies of how people stepped into leadership roles at nonprofits.
- The three conversations you MUST have with your boss to be successful.
- How to negotiate for a higher nonprofit salary, AND MORE!
I wrote this book because I am tired of you not getting paid enough.
I am tired of you working nights and weekends. I am tired of you doing volunteer work because someone has convinced you it will help you get hired.
I am tired of you sitting by and hoping someone will notice how incredible and hardworking you are. I am tired of seeing you get your ass kicked because no one taught you better.
So I wrote you a book. It has a spine, and by the time you’re done reading, so will you.
You'll see the heady heights, how to be a Chief Development Officer, how to be an executive director or even a nonprofit consultant.
My interview questions will save you so much heartache as you weed out which jobs are right for you.
You'll learn about the psychological reasons you may want to get involved with nonprofits.
In short, when you're done with this book, you'll learn how to name and claim what is going on in the interview and on the job, and empower yourself in the nonprofit workplace.