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From: Emily Haynes
Subject: Have Frank Conversations With Your Fundraisers Now — Here's Why
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The job market for nonprofit fundraisers is hot right now. That high demand is a warning sign for charitable organizations, says Lori Kipnis, managing director at Nonprofit HR, a talent-management firm. “There’s high risk that top talent will be poached or will voluntarily exit,” she says.
Managers of development professionals can stave off attrition by initiating frank conversations with their fundraisers, often called “stay conversations.” The questions asked should be similar to those posed during an exit interview, Kipnis says, such as “How are you utilizing your time? What would you want us to know about how we can support [you]?”
The goal is to resolve pain points before they cause a fundraiser to quit — and now is the time for leaders to have these conversations with their fundraisers. Fall is often when fundraisers put out feelers for new roles, with an eye toward making a job transition in the new year. By opening channels of communications now and keeping them alive, leaders can make sure top talent wants to stay. For more tips on how to make your fundraising staff feels valued and engaged, read How to Hang On to Fundraisers in a Hot Job Market.
Plus, a new Senate bill, Accelerating Charitable Efforts Act, could affect charities, foundations, and donors. Our editor, Stacy Palmer, convened five experts to discuss the pros and cons of the legislation. Watch their debate in Speeding Up Charitable Gifts: What a New Senate Bill Would Do.
Higher Education FundraisingUniversities could create fundraising competitions to encourage fans to give during live sports matches. Here’s how.
FundraisingWith Covid-19 cases skyrocketing, some nonprofits are reconsidering how to host their supporters at events this fall and beyond. Some plan to continue with in-person gatherings and require proof of vaccination. Others are sticking to the virtual realm.
Social MediaCharity leaders are using it to get the word out about their work and to connect with influential people, but they caution it must be used wisely.
VideoLiz Thompson, a major donor, and Abby Falik, CEO of Global Citizen Year, discussed how women’s giving differs from men’s and offered advice on how fundraisers can best cultivate women donors.
Fundraising LeadershipLeaders should initiate frequent and frank conversations with employees to stay on top of their concerns, make sure DEI efforts are genuine, and provide clarity on any shifts to a group’s mission.
Tip of the Week
When seeking diverse donors, make a long-term commitment to this work. Consider hiring an outside expert to help you approach it in a careful and authentic way, says Chantal Bonitto, a veteran fundraiser who started an inclusive philanthropy program at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “There are many times that organizations focus on this work, fail fast, and drop it,” she says. “This is a long game, not a short game. And if anyone wants to do this as a short game, just don’t do it,” Bonitto says. Learn more in How to Create a Culture of Inclusive Fundraising and find nearly 1,200 advice articles and tools online.
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