22 Jul On Behalf Of The Planet, Thank You For Being A Fundraiser
For the past three years, I have worked with all sorts of charities all hoping to make the world a better place in some way. Although the causes they work for may be diverse, one thing they do all have in common is a desire to recruit the very best fundraising talent in order to achieve their organisations objectives.
There is nothing easy about being a Fundraiser, it can feel like a pretty lonely place when you don’t win that pitch, or the trust application you’ve been working on doesn’t come off, or the event you were holding didn’t draw the numbers due to rain etc. No time for licking wounds, you have to dust yourself off and get back out there. In some ways, this this is no different to any other sector where Sales and Marketing Managers make a pitch or Project and Event Managers stage an event. The difference with fundraising is that unlike other sectors, there is no bonus incentive scheme if you hit that target. The incentive IS hitting the target and bringing in the income that will make a difference to someone’s health, or to our planet and the animals that live on it or the arts that inspire us. That is why you should be proud of being a Fundraiser, or proud of the Fundraisers in your team.
The Fundraisers I work with are self motivated, target driven, passionate, focused, able to multi task, professional, quick to adapt their communication style to suit any number of audiences and have the ability to search and seek out an opportunity where others would fail to see one.