It's not easy.
Sometimes in my career people have told me that maybe I should lower my expectations.
My expectations are not that crazy:
Hire the best fundraisers.
Create the most exciting, healthy fundraising team.
Rock it with relationship building.
Build lifelong relationships with donors, funders, community leaders and business partners.
Bring the brand to the entire community.
Excellence in everything we do. Superb communication. Respect. Integrity. Keeping our eyes on the prize not only around fundraising but also on the mission of our organization.
Having honest conversations with staff, the team and donors is crucial.
I look for all of this when hiring new team members. I look for passion for our mission and for fundraising, successes in fundraising campaigns, relationships within the community and a personality that shows me they are ready to join an incredible fundraising team.
Our team had a development retreat yesterday and as I looked around the room all I could do was smile at all of the passion and professionalism in the room.
It's possible to create an amazing fundraising team. Make sure you have the right people in the right positions. Empower your team. Support them and listen to them.
And then go out there and rock it!
Thanks for reading!