• July 23, 2014

How to Avoid Fundraiser Turnover

Tuesday, January 29, at noon U.S. Eastern time

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Half of chief fundraisers plan to leave their jobs within two years or less—and many nonprofit leaders worry that this "revolving door" mentality is hurting their ability to raise money, according to a new study.

Why do so many fundraisers leave their jobs after a short time? Do nonprofit leaders have unrealistic expectations? What can they do to avoid vacancies that are difficult to fill?

Read the transcript below of a live online discussion about the challenges facing fundraisers and nonprofit leaders, including practical strategies for creating a positive work environment that inspires loyalty among fundraisers and helps organizations meet revenue goals.

The Guests:

Marla Cornelius is a senior project director at Compass Point Nonprofit Services and co-author of the study, “Underdeveloped: a National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising,” conducted with the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund.

Julie Rickert is vice president for development at the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco. During her four years in that role, no fundraisers have left her staff. She has more than 20 years of fundraising experience that includes leading annual-fund campaigns and capital campaigns.

The Moderator:

Raymund Flandez is a staff writer at The Chronicle of Philanthropy who covers fundraising trends.

The Chronicle’s live discussions do not require registration. Simply return to this page at noon Eastern time on the day of the scheduled discussion and click on the box below to participate. If you cannot participate during the live event, the full transcript will be available afterward in the box below.

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