I think about this often.
As a fundraising professional.
As a leader of a team of fundraising professionals.
As a person who is responsible for raising funds so program people can do their jobs.
As a human being who is completely passionate about making positive change in the world and intensely passionate for the mission of the agency I fundraise for.
What makes an awesome fundraising team?
People who give a shit about the mission.
People who have some sense of a work ethic.
People who aren't afraid to talk about the mission.
People who aren't afraid to build relationships.
People who aren't afraid to make a financial ask.
People who realize there is no box.
People who care about more than just themselves.
People who are creative.
People who can listen.
People who have the ability to set their own personal ego aside.
People who can lead if their in a leading position and who can mange if they are in a managing position.
This is a start.
We as fundraisers are changing the world. Our success makes a difference in whether or not the program folks can do their job, which in our case is saving and changing lives.
An awesome development/fundraising team is vital.
Thanks for reading.