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Beware, all ye who enter—a checklist for avoiding a no-win job (Part Two)
By Lilya Wagner
If your future employing organization asks how many millions you’ve raised, respond with a question. How many millions has the organization raised each year? If you’re asked whether you bring an impressive Rolodex with you, be suspicious. Explain you’re not a pied piper with a line of major donors following you. Try to clarify that it takes a while to identify a major donor, and even longer to bring such donations to fruition.
If you can’t see records of donor interaction, fundraising reports, database information, find out if you’re expected to establish such infrastructure. If so, will it be understood that these tasks take time and you can’t launch into full-scale fundraising immediately, therefore delaying the anticipated and desired results.
If there is no fundraising plan in place, then ask if there is an organizational plan. If there is none, discreetly find out why. Is this a seat-of-the-pants organization, which may mean you could have a hard time pulling together the right information to make a strong case? Read more >>
Much can be accomplished for nonprofit organizations of all types if sound fundraising principles are followed, and practice is based on successful experience. Fundraising is an organized practice, a logical process—one that takes time and careful thought to implement.
Whether you are fundraising for a church, school, hospital, ministry, or other nonprofit, this handbook can help. Read it to learn about grant proposals, capital campaigns, annual funds, donor relations, transparency and accountability, and more.
Successful Fundraising – Second Edition
Are you planning a building project-a new church, school building, or Community Service Building?
Does it seem like your campaign for funds goes on forever? Are your members or constituents tired of talking about money? If you have these questions and probably many others, this book is for you…
Successful Fundraising, the PSI-produced fundraising handbook first published approximately two years ago, has been updated and revised, and additional chapters are now included in the 2015 edition. This handbook is available through Advent Source and is affordable at approximately a $19.95 price.
The new chapters are in response to many inquiries regarding topics such as grant proposal writing, the effect of fundraising on tithe and offerings, in-kind and non-philanthropic support, recognition, and several other topics. The handbook continues to be widely used and valued, according to feedback from PSI clients. This expanded version will contain the original chapters which have been updated and revised.
Although originally designed to be a resource for pastors, churches and their organizations, the handbook has proven to be a valuable resource for most other Adventist organizations. Along with it comes PSI advice and consulting (on-site, if possible), additional resource materials, and other programs described on PSI’s website, www.philanthropicservice.com.
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