I want to be a fundraiser, but I don't know how...
February 22, 2014 6:13 PM Subscribe
I want to transition out of the world of marketing into a career in development/nonprofit fundraising. I have dusted off my resume and have started applying for annual fund jobs, and I've scored a phone interview early this upcoming week. Please give me a crash course into the world of development/nonprofit fundraising and help me not screw this up!
posted by SkylitDrawl to Work & Money (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The job is for nonprofit that I am already extremely familiar with, so I feel very comfortable with and passionate about the mission of the nonprofit. I am more concerned with feeling confident about the job itself, so that I can confidently tell my interviewer what I know about the job should he ask. The description for the job focused on managing the nonprofit's phone solicitation program, writing communications, maintaining the donor information database, and creating detailed donation reports. In my cover letter, I detailed my experience with Lead Generation phone programs (strategic phone scripting, keep calling motivation high, etc), and writing marketing field communications and reports.
The hiring manager seems to think I am at least qualified enough to give a phone interview to, but I actually know nothing at all about fundraising or development. My concern is that there may be other applicants with much more experience in nonprofit fundraising/development than I have (really just possibly translatable marketing experiences), so it is very important to me that I appear knowledgeable in the interview. I have a handful of days to basically get a crash course on how this field works. I have purchased and read Fundraising as a Career: What Are You Crazy? and that has helped some, but I want to do as much as I can to be prepared. Will past experiences in marketing help me at all in a development role? Is spinning my Marketing Coordinator experiences enough to get me this job? I also have created and leveraged a lot of successful direct mail pieces and I know that some development offices use those to solicit donations - should I bring this knowledge up at all in an interview? I REALLY want this job, but am worried I am woefully underqualified. I know that the only way for me to NOT come off as insecure and anxious about this is to be prepared as possible BEFORE this phone interview, so anything AT ALL that you can throw at me would be incredibly helpful in my research and preparation. Thanks!