March 21, 2013

How Fundraisers Can Find Satisfaction on the Job

Tonika Garibaldi

Rosetta Thurman

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Half of fundraisers say they’d like to quit their jobs within two years, according to a recent study. Forty percent might leave fundraising altogether.

But while many fundraisers say they are unhappy with their positions, Rosetta Thurman, co-author of How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career, says it's possible to create a better situation if you:

  • Know what you’re getting into. Before decide whether to take a new job, ask lots of questions about how the fundraising office works.
  • Invest in professional development. Ask the charity to pay for training opportunities you need to do your job well.
  • Know when it’s time to leave. Rather than jump ship at the first sign of trouble, step up to your leadership role and help the organization grow stronger.

In this episode of Fundraising Fundamentals, Ms. Thurman and Tony Martignetti, the host, discuss these and other ideas that can help make fundraisers happier and more successful in their jobs.

Tony Martignetti, a consultant, author, blogger, and host of Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio, talks with nonprofit leaders and consultants about how organizations can more effectively raise money, build better relationships with boards and supporters, and manage volunteers. Look for new installments once a month.