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A Guide to Hiring Fundraisers

Your nonprofit is only as good as its employees.

When searching for new fundraisers, organizations should evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their current staff and determine what areas they need to improve or expand.

“You have to be able to very clearly understand the assets you’re looking for in a person to fill the position,” says Gary Laermer, chief development officer at the YMCA of Greater New York. “Not only are you looking for an effective communicator, you have to effectively communicate what it is you’re looking to identify.”

Whether your organization wants to hire its first director of development, expand the fundraising staff, or fill a vacant position, finding someone who is right for your organization may not be an easy task.

The supply of qualified fundraisers is smaller than demand. More than half of nonprofit executives reported that their most recent search for a director of development failed to bring in a sufficient number of candidates with the right mix of skills and experience for the job, according to a 2013 report by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr., Fund.

Below are links to content from The Chronicle that will help you make the best hires for your crucial fundraising positions.