Friday Inspirations, Episode 5 :)

Feb 16, 2018

Happy Friday, Generous Changers!

This week we've been so inspired by the amazing nonprofit leaders in our Fundraisers' University and Fundraisers' Monthly. These hard-working humans exemplify servant leadership and remind us that we learn so much more - in every single interaction - when we ask great questions.

Quote we're digging: 

"What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question." -Jonas Salk

We're watching: Simon Sinek talking about leadership on Marie TV.  This is seriously good stuff. Heart of the matter: those with leadership roles are responsible for their people (more than "production"). If leadership is at all an obsession for you, as it is for us, give it a watch.

Bonus takeaway: just seeing a generous act provides a jolt of oxytocin, a happy hormone!

We're reading: The Coaching Habit. We cannot refer people to this book too much. The subtitle says it all: "Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?:

Feb 06, 2018

Retention.

It's a big hairy issue in fundraising - one that's made up of a ton of other big hairy issues: time, money, engagement, productivity, training, management and culture.

Why should you care?

If you lead a nonprofit - money & time (and time is money!).

  • According to research by Penelope Burk, it costs a minimum of $127,650 to replace a fundraiser.
  • The average tenure of a front-line fundraiser is 2 years, but it takes at least 10 to 12 months for fundraisers to feel up to speed in a new role.

If you're a manager - you have the power!

  • 50% of employees who quit cite their manager as the reason.
  • Managers account for 70% of the variance in employee engagement. (No surprise: Engaged employees are happier and more productive.)
  • In short, great management makes all the difference,
  • But, nonprofits provide little to no training for fundraising managers.

If you're a fundraiser - you want to succeed.

  • You're driven by meaning & mission.
  • You get little to no training....
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