What will your fundraiser say when the headhunter calls next week?

Unless you have been living in a cave or under rock for the last couple of months, you’re aware that the labor market is hot as hiring freezes are over and the great resignation is being talked about in all types of industries. My conversation today with Wendy was all about how nonprofits are navigating this phenomenon and how leaders can ensure their people aren’t bailing on them. Wendy has devoted her entire career to serving nonprofit organizations and continues to do so as the managing partner at Boyden’s Boston Office.

Here’s a question nonprofit leaders can ask themselves. If Wendy calls your fundraiser next week, what will they say to her? Perhaps they will say, “No, I’m not interested in making a change right now.” Or maybe they are going to say, “Yes, get me out of this crazy place as quickly as possible.” All of this really comes down to your employee retention strategy that Wendy insists shouldn’t be all that different from your donor retention strategy. Those on both sides of the charitable gift exchange want to be treated like living, breathing human beings and acknowledged for more than that how well they give or receive a check. If you’re worried about your one of your fundraisers bailing on you or you’ve got a vacancy to fill, this one’s for you.

As always, we are especially grateful to our friends at CueBack for sponsoring The Fundraising Talent Podcast. And if you’d like download Responsive’s latest edition of Carefully & Critically, just click here

 

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