You know what it takes. Strong fundraisers communicate and listen well. They must be patient and persistent. They also must be team players and represent the organization effectively among supporters and potential partners. Finally, they must deliver results.
To set you up for success and help you avoid common mistakes, here are some resources from The Chronicle to help you strengthen your skills as a development professional.
Professional Skills for New Fundraisers
First-time fundraisers fresh out of college often need guidance on how to represent their nonprofit well and successfully relate to donors. This session is designed to help young fundraisers who want to sharpen donor-relations skills, adopt effective time-management habits, and hone communication skills.
October 03, 2013
Ask an Expert: New Fundraiser Lacks Experience, a Budget, and Organizational Support
The fundraiser works in isolation from the rest of the development staff and has no donor contacts.
August 11, 2014
Young Fundraisers Are Ambitious and Impatient but Need Training
Clashes over technology and communication have become a source of intergenerational tension in many development offices.
March 21, 2013
How Fundraisers Can Find Satisfaction on the Job
Rosetta Thurman, a careers consultant, offers advice on steps that development officers can take to increase their success and happiness on the job.
July 20, 2011
A Job Hunter Gets Advice on Landing Her First Job in Philanthropy
Members of The Chronicle's LinkedIn group offer advice to a recent graduate who wants to start a career as a grant maker.
July 11, 2012