Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fear and Loathing in the Fundraising Office

Fundraising can be one of the most nerve-wracking jobs out there--at least that's what respondents to the latest AFP Quick Poll say.  The NonProfit Times just published a new story about that poll; here is an excerpt from it:

More than one-quarter (26%) of fundraising professionals are apprehensive about trying to get their boards involved in the process while 25% fear calling a perspective donor. Some 18% of fundraisers are most anxious when making an ask of a major donor, whereas 12% find writing a grant application as the most challenging aspect of the jobs.

These are among the results from the latest “Quick Poll” from the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) website asking fundraisers to indentify which part of the job makes them the most queasy. With information collected from 838 respondents and conducted in the months of March and early April, the poll was able to show that like most professions, fundraisers encounter tasks that fill them with anxiety on a daily basis.

Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP believes that fundraisers feared talking to boards because of a boards’ unfamiliarity with fundraising in general. “Board members play an important role in fundraising because they are great spokespersons for the charity they serve and they can speak with authority on the impact of the organization,” Watt said via a prepared statement. “However, many board members focus more on the fiscal management and operations aspects of their responsibilities, and it can be challenging for fundraisers to get them involved in raising money.”
 
You can read the full article by visiting The NonProfit Time's website.

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