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The Executive Director-Development Director Relationship for executive directors work relationships

     Today, we’re talking about how to approach your relationship with your development director. As I state in my book The Sustainable High ROI Fundraising System:

     “Often, the executive director-development director relationship is somewhat...

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Affording Talent on a Shoestring Budget financial management for executive directors work relationships

     So, how do you afford to hire development staff who are skilled, qualified, and experienced, especially if you are a small to midsized nonprofit? Don’t these types of candidates apply to the jobs that pay well, usually found in big organizations?

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Counteracting the Great Resignation—Part II for executive directors work relationships

     In today’s job market, it’s not easy to replace lost workers. Fifty-three percent of nonprofit executive directors say they cannot find enough qualified employees to fill their open positions. You need the job opportunity and recruitment experience to be...

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Counteracting the Great Resignation—Part I for executive directors work relationships

     In addition to a decreased capacity in service delivery, nonprofits are paying a high financial price because of The Great Resignation. On average, it costs 90-200 percent of an employee's salary to replace them.

     The first line of defense is to...

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Defining Executive Director-Development Director Fundraising Responsibilities for executive directors work relationships

As I explain in The Sustainable High ROI Fundraising System, “Although your fundraising staff are responsible for implementing specific fundraising activities, you also bear some responsibility for how well your development staff performs. You work in tandem as a team. You, the executive...

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How to Overcome Board Fundraising Resistance board relations for executive directors

As I state in The Sustainable High ROI Fundraising System, “Fundraising is a charged word, and there are different perceptions of what it means. Many of them are negative and tinged with the fear of asking for money. Board members are no different. In my experience, most board members...

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How To Get Board Members to Take Their First Fundraising Step board relations for executive directors

As I muse in my latest book The Sustainable High ROI Fundraising System:

Ever heard anything like the following from your board members? I have.

  • “If we could only get more grants.”
  • “Agency X raised $100,000 through its event. Why can’t we do the same thing?”
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To Get Board Members to Fundraise, Help Them Lead by Example board relations for executive directors

Actions speak louder than words. As we pointed out in Overcoming Why Board Members Don’t Fundraise, one of the reasons why board members don’t engage in raising funds is they don’t have a good role model to learn from. And people need role models. If you expect your board to...

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To Get Board Members to Fundraise, Give Them Tasks that Result in Appreciation board relations for executive directors

We all want to be acknowledged and appreciated. It is a human need to be recognized and validated. You can meet that need by incorporating opportunities for board members to be thanked for their efforts when you design your fundraising program.

Your Personal Efforts

You, as an executive director,...

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