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How to Hire and Retain Talented Fundraisers

Keeping top fundraisers on the job is a challenge for most development leaders. Competition for the best and brightest is intense. Research shows that fundraisers often stay on the job less than two years; many are lured away by competing organizations.

Jeanne Jachim oversees a team that raises millions each year for a health system in Seattle. She has not had a fundraiser come to her with a competing offer in more than a decade. She attributes her track record to a four-pronged approach to managing that gives people autonomy, access to leaders, recognition, and support.

Barb Coury, who oversees fundraising for the Red Cross in Indiana, stresses the importance of hiring fundraisers who will work as a team. She makes a point to foster collegiality and ensures that employees receive thorough training and good compensation.

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