December 10, 2015

Advice for New Fundraisers

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.

This combination of traits and skills may seem like an intimidating mix to master both for recent college graduates as well as those entering the fundraising profession as a second or third career.

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.

December 01, 2015

Experienced Fundraisers Reflect on Their First Big Asks

The Chronicle asked veteran fundraisers about their first solicitations and what they’ve learned since then.

March 12, 2015

Advice: How I Caught the Fundraising Bug

A consultant and author recalls botching his first "ask" but then falling in love with his new career.

April 08, 2015

Advice for New Fundraisers

Fundraisers at the Association of Fundraising Professionals conference in Baltimore reveal what they wish they’d known at the start of their careers.


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

Take Chances and Accept Failure: Advice From a Veteran Fundraiser

Learn from experience, but try not to fail more than once at the same thing, says the winner of the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award.

Tool Kit
February 27, 2015

A Guide to Hiring Fundraisers

What to consider when expanding your team, filling a vacancy, or even hiring your first full-time fundraiser.