I’ve been in fundraising a long time. For as long as I can remember, we talk about the turnover in development staff – 18-24 months. Here’s my take:
- Fundraisers leave because their organization is not supporting them.
- Fundraisers leave because they want to make more money and 2-3% increases don’t cut it for very long and effective bonus/incentive plans are few and far between.
#1 we can change:
- Hold everyone accountable, set goals and help them get there
- Better and clear portfolio management
- Support for success
- Assist with challenges
- Create a TEAM!
The other half of this question…..what’s wrong with fundraisers moving around so much? Next post has my thoughts.