A fated fundraiser?
February 28, 2012 6:51 AM Subscribe
I have lost my faith in full-time fundraising and would like to transition out of it. Here are some ways I have figured out doing this. Help me pick one?
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (1 answer total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I worked in full-time fundraising for three years straight before getting a management position in sales that I enjoyed but it paid no money. I am now in a full-time fundraising role and absolutely hate the daily amount of shit I get from staff in terms of expectations of funds raised by this point (just at the end of month five of a six-month contract). I have raised about a fifth of their ludicrous goal in a very short time and have decided I am not going to continue working at this charity.
I would like to transition to online fundraising and work on new and interesting ways to raise money online. I have some research experience and a raft of voluntary experience.
The problem is that people see I am good at major gift fundraising and want me to do that. Getting employers interested in someone for a dual-purpose role is difficult. I am at the point where I feel like I would need to write a book to get attention. I am sick of going through agencies.
I am looking steadily at academia for the answer. I have started contacting dozens of departments and talking with professors about researching fundraising methods in the media. It presents an interesting opportunity but I also know that I may not have the opportunity to teach until after I do my PhD.
The third option is to teach now. I am thinking of directly seeking clients who want to learn fundraising in an environment where they are coached to implement alongside an experienced professional. I think this would entail some kind of Tony Robbins moment.
Anyway what do you think? My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to suggest anything privately.