Fundraisers tend to stay in a job less than two years, research shows, and it can take six months or longer to fill key positions. Yet 84 percent of nonprofits say they do not have a retention strategy, according to one survey. That adds up to lots of lost revenue, ongoing training expenses for new employees, and perhaps worst of all, the loss of institutional memory.
How do some organizations hold on to their best fundraisers?
Join the Chronicle and expert guests to get strategies for creating a work environment that engenders high morale, reduces turnover, and helps your organization thrive.
You'll learn from Jeanne Jachim, president of the Virginia Mason Foundation, the fundraising arm of a medical center in Seattle that garnered $18 million in philanthropic support last year. Two of her four fundraisers have worked for the organization for more than 10 years. Jachim will share her four-pronged approach to creating a culture in which gift officers feel fulfilled and valued. She'll also explain how to measure more than just dollars raised when evaluating fundraisers and share ways to validate your staff without spending a lot.
You'll also hear directly from Randa Safady, a vice chancellor at The University of Texas System, who developed the UT Center for Enhancing Philanthropy to recruit and retain top fundraising talent. She'll offer tips for hiring well, building ties with your HR department, and convincing leaders to invest in fundraising. Safady will also share ways to support the growth and development of advancement professionals even if you don't have a large budget.
What Will You Learn?
- How to hire fundraisers who identify with your mission
- Ways to create a culture that fosters job satisfaction, motivates fundraisers, and inspires loyalty
- How to define fundraising excellence with measures other than money
- How to help everyone on your team set and reach career goals
Who Should Attend?
- Chief executive officers, presidents, and executive directors
- Chief fundraising officers and development directors
Originally Aired: August 16, 2018
This webinar is worth one CFRE credit.