Have candid conversations with your fundraisers now – here’s why
The job market for nonprofit fundraisers is hot right now. This high demand is a harbinger for charities, says Lori Kipnis, managing director of Nonprofit HR, a talent management company. “There is a high risk that the best talent will be poached or leave voluntarily,” she says.
Managers of development professionals can avoid attrition by initiating candid conversations with their fundraisers, often referred to as “stay conversations”. The questions asked should be similar to those asked in an exit interview, says Kipnis, such as “How do you use your time? What would you like us to know about how we can support [you]? “
The goal is to solve pain points before they cause a fundraiser to quit – and now is the time for leaders to have those conversations with their fundraisers. Fall is often the time when fundraisers come up with new roles, with a view to transitioning jobs into the new year. By opening up channels of communication now and keeping them alive, leaders can ensure the best talent wants to stay. For more tips on how to make your fundraising staff feel valued and engaged, read How to Hang on to Fundraisers in a Dynamic Job Market.
In addition, a new Senate bill, the Accelerating Charitable Efforts Act, could affect charities, foundations and donors. Our editor, Stacy Palmer, brought together five experts to discuss the pros and cons of the legislation. Watch their debate in Speeding Up Charitable Giving: What a New Senate Bill Would Do.