July 26, 2016

Podcast: When Nonprofit Size Matters in Fundraising Careers

Are you a major-gifts specialist or a development all-rounder? Want more face time with donors, or less? These and many other factors, including your personality type and the kind of career you want, play into a decision to sign on with a small, scrappy nonprofit or a large, established organization.

In this episode of Fundraising Fundamentals, Roger Craver, chief editor of fundraising blog The Agitator, identifies the pros and cons of working for a big or a small nonprofit, drawing on his decades of experience building campaigns for Common Cause, the National Organization for Women, and many more nonprofits of all sizes.

And he freely shares his own biases: While larger nonprofits have more resources, Mr. Craver says, they are less likely to take risks than smaller charities, whose survival can depend on fundraisers trying new things and donning multiple hats. "In large organizations," he says, "specialization usually turns into rust."

Listen to the full interview below, and read The Chronicle’special report on fundraisers’ career choices.

Tony Martignetti is the host of Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio and he video blogs at He 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.