What are you passionate about?
One of the traits I immediately see when looking at someone I consider to be an amazing fundraiser is the amount of passion they have for the cause they fundraise for.
It makes sense. Work for an agency that serves in an area that you are very passionate about and your passion is bound to support your fundraising efforts. This has certainly proven true for myself. Yet it’s also true that passion alone might not be enough. I also need purpose.
There are many in our field who are in fundraising for some other purpose other than being able to allow their non-profit mission to totally rock.. Perhaps they believe it’s a good stepping stone to something else or perhaps they needed a break from the corporate world and this position fits for them at this time. These scenarios don’t really benefit the agency, and they could detract from successful fundraising. There is little we as fundraising professionals can do about this except ask more questions when hiring and keep the passion alive on our teams.
I would personally much rather have someone on my team who is hugely passionate about the cause, and whose constant actions and thinking will be focused and purposeful on the success of their work, not thinking into the future about what might come next. Focus is huge in fundraising.
I have met all types of fundraisers since I entered this world and those making the biggest change have passion and purpose.
Just something to think about when considering a new staff member or when thinking about what makes for success in fundraising.
It’s also something to think about when you are thinking about a move. It’s always something good to consider when taking a look at yourself in the mirror, whether for a new position or your current one.
Thanks for reading!