How to Hire a Great Fundraiser

How to Hire a Great Fundraiser

Every day with an open fundraising position is a day your nonprofit is losing out on cultivating donors and bringing in revenue.

Have you been having a hard time finding a great fundraiser? If you say yes, you’re not alone.

In the nonprofit world it is always a buyer’s market for a fundraiser looking for a job. There are many, many more organizations that need to hire a great fundraiser than there are fundraisers. That’s just the way it is.

Don’t believe me?

As of November 12, 2014, the Chronicle of Philanthropy had 459 fundraising position postings listed from the last 30 days. had 2,292 fundraising jobs posted!

Of course, it’s even worse than that. These websites don’t even count the jobs that are only passed on by word of mouth or by recruiters that choose not to post widely.

Competition for good fundraisers is fierce, and in major markets like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. where there are large concentrations of nonprofits, it can be excruciating to find good people.

And this might be the most critical thing for your nonprofit. Every day with an open fundraising position is a day your nonprofit is losing out on cultivating donors and bringing in revenue.

You do need revenue, right?

So what can you do to successfully recruit the very best fundraiser out there? The one that’s going to reel in the big fish and help bring your nonprofit to the next level?

I only recently joined Joan Garry Consulting. Before that, I worked in development leadership positions at nonprofits like Amnesty International USA, Millennium Promise, Malaria No More, and GMHC.

So I’ve been in your shoes and learned a few things about what it takes to attract a fundraiser who, frankly, has lots of options.

I want to share with you what I’ve learned. Here are my top tips.Continue Reading

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