5 Ways to Make the Case for the Back Office in Fundraising

Perhaps the easiest answer is to acknowledge that leadership rarely has a fundraising background. But leaders are more likely to interact with the frontline officers. Their experience with fundraising is seeing and perhaps participating only in the cultivation and asking process. Their line of sight to the rest of the organization is limited. And it … Continue reading 5 Ways to Make the Case for the Back Office in Fundraising

How to Identify and Support Future Leaders at Your Nonprofit

All nonprofits have growth in mind. When you grow your organization, you raise more funds. You increase your impact on the community. And you spread the word far and wide about your admirable mission. The recipe for growth requires one vital ingredient you already have access to. This ingredient is leadership. You are likely an … Continue reading How to Identify and Support Future Leaders at Your Nonprofit

Identity and Blackness in Prospect Development

You may know Joan Ogwumike as the author for the past four years of the blog, A Researcher’s Diary, but she is also the writer of the Apra-Illinois blog as well as Prospect Research Associate at the Obama Foundation. Although small in number, Black prospect development professionals deserve an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge pertaining to diversity, inclusion … Continue reading Identity and Blackness in Prospect Development

Which Staff Member Has the Biggest Impact on Fundraising?

Which staff member in a fundraising office has the potential to the biggest, long-term impact? The Major Gift Officer? Sure. They bring in big gifts. Chief Development Officer? Absolutely. They have the ultimate responsibility. Planned Giving,Annual Fund, Special Events - any of these? All revenue generators. Sure. But who has the potential to have the … Continue reading Which Staff Member Has the Biggest Impact on Fundraising?