A University Offers Flexibility and Financial Rewards to Keep Fundraisers Happy

A University Offers Flexibility and Financial Rewards to Keep Fundraisers Happy 1

Jeff Amberg, for The Chronicle

Shon Herrick says about a third of his 35-member staff at Furman University takes advantage of flextime or work-at-home options.

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Jeff Amberg, for The Chronicle

Shon Herrick says about a third of his 35-member staff at Furman University takes advantage of flextime or work-at-home options.

At Furman University, financial incentives and a willingness to accommodate workers with flexible schedules has created an unusually cohesive fundraising department and success at securing gifts.

Financial incentives within the development department encourage fundraisers to meet individual and departmentwide goals, says Shon Herrick, the university’s associate vice president for development. Staff members who seek big gifts and annual-fund donations, for example, use a score