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Where Are The Mentors?
Success… some folks are born with a natural tendency for it, but in reality most of us need a little help to achieve it.  This is especially true when it comes to career development in the world of non-profit fundraising.  Being in my third decade in the advancement profession, I got to thinking recently about […]
Entertaining Endowments
I recently had the privilege being a panelist at an event focused on exploring the issues surrounding endowments.  The forum, sponsored by the Boston area Foundation for MetroWest, was attended by regional board members from nonprofits with a range of missions and budgets of $500,000 through $5+ million.  A common denominator among attendees was their […]
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 – […]
Building a Philanthropy Relationship Network
Don’t you know all the people who have money?  This is both wishful thinking and sometimes the refrain from a non-profit CEO or volunteer during a job interview. Every successful philanthropy development enterprise must utilize the personal and business networks of board members, volunteers and staff in order to find and build connections with potential […]
Moving the Needle in 2011
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Insights Posted January 12, 2011 0 Comments
We’re knocking on the door of a new decade that we all hope will be better than the last one. Those of us who have devoted our professional careers to the third sector probably started our journey in the hope we could “move the needle” for a movement, a cause, an organization, a person.  And […]

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