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Interviewing Fundraising Candidates – Getting it Right
We all know the challenge of finding the right candidate to fill our important fundraising vacancies, including the pitfalls of the interview process.  The April 9, 2017 NY Times article, “The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews,” supports beliefs I have had, for many years as a fundraising employer and recruiter, about this process. The research […]
Brand / Position Career Planning Phenomenon
A colleague shared with me the other day an interesting career trajectory phenomenon.  He started his advancement career in annual giving at a prestigious university.  He then took a higher level position at a less prominent university followed by a senior position at a second tier institution. When he tried to make a lateral move to […]
Due Diligence on a Potential Employer
By Larry Raff In Career & Recruitment, Insights Posted February 15, 2015 0 Comments
  In my last blog Deception of Confidence I addressed cautionary considerations and tactics when sizing up an advancement officer candidate.  There are many tools at your disposal to do this.  After reading the post, a colleague, who is seeking a new position, asked what about sizing up an organization or advancement team that candidates […]
The Deception of Confidence
By Larry Raff In Career & Recruitment, Insights Posted January 31, 2015 0 Comments
  How many times have you met someone who just exudes confidence and competency, and later you find out or realize the individual is neither.  In your role as an advancement officer, you are often in a position to size up potential volunteers, donors, bosses and new or would-be staff members. We have all seen […]
Reference Checking…Critically Important to Your Organization
I am often amazed to hear about people being hired to top-level advancement positions whom I know to be vastly unqualified to do the job.  We have all seen this happen.  There is no doubt that some people are very skilled at interviewing and getting jobs, but they inevitably crash and burn because they are […]
Managing the Messiah Moment
The new chief advancement officer or CEO or consultant is not the “savior”, and managing this expectation must be done boldly and early.  How many times have you heard it from volunteers or the organization CEO… “Once so and so starts we’ll start raising the money we need.” It is often said in development committee […]
Congratulations to Lori Freeman – Winner of the planMGO-Master Gift Officer Fellowship
Master Gift Officer.  Just the words alone conjure up confidence, optimism, energy, and success.  And the phrase embodies what we all strive for:  demonstrating the highest level of ability, talent, and dedication within the development profession. Today, the job title is not on the tip of the tongue of most nonprofit fundraising professionals or organizations, […]
To the Entrepreneurs Among Us
The career of advancement truly offers something for anyone interested in following their passion to make a difference. In addition to the numerous nonprofit verticals – including health care, education, arts and culture, social services, and social justice – the field also offers many work opportunities in which to apply our personal gifts, skills, and […]
Sevens, Eights, Nines, and Tens
    What’s your number?  I once heard a wise person say “Sevens hire fives and sixes, and Eights higher nines and tens.”  Admittedly, this is a somewhat crude way to express the point that high achievers are willing to work with subordinates and colleagues who may be smarter, harder working, more knowledgeable and gifted […]
Be In the Moment…to Get Hired
Professional success.  For many fundraising executives, that means a constant inching upward on the career ladder.  Clearly, ambition, drive, and motivation are critical factors in moving the needle for ourselves as well as our organizations.  And, as executive recruiters, we are always on the lookout for advancement candidates willing and able to lead with energy, […]
The Job Tenure Myth
It has become common lore that the average tenure of a fundraiser is 24 months.  Is it true? As an executive recruiter for advancement professionals, I have to say that the majority of resumes we receive for positions we represent, typically vice presidents, director of development or major gift officers, reflect this average. 24 – […]

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