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Big Deal Nonprofit Jobs + The Biggest Fundraising Mistake 🥊
The biggest fundraising mistake is in your mind and more nonprofit jobs you can be proud of.
In this Issue
Your biggest fundraising mistake is in your mind
The Generosity Network
News: Nonprofit Decision-Making; Inflation is Down, but Nonprofits Still Feel It; Summer Slide
Big deal jobs from Harlem Children’s Zone, Obama Foundation, and Teach for America
The Formation Ventures team is looking for a Head of Product Management, a new critical senior role at Run the Future, which will lead our growing product team. The person in this role will oversee product strategy and design, impact alignment, and execution of our product development and learning cycles.
If I didn’t have a job, I would be working here. I can vouch for the leadership and their mission is powerful. If you apply, tell them The Punch Up sent you.
The biggest mistakes I see fundraisers make is treating the work as transactional, instead of relational.
Fundraising is about building relationships, not transactions.
Too often, fundraisers rely on prestige or wealth to connect with donors. But anyone can build meaningful relationships with supporters. Go beyond stereotypes and traditional notions. Find diverse ways to engage donors.
Don't treat donors like ATMs. Focusing solely on financial transactions disregards the power of authentic connections. Seek shared values and mutual benefits.
Relationships are fundraising's core. Connect personally with donors aligned with your mission. Share stories that convey real impact. Emphasize how you help people.
Be transparent and honest. Openly discuss goals, challenges, and successes. This builds donor trust and investment in your work.
Cultivate long-term partnerships. Make donors feel valued beyond one-time gifts. Turn them into advocates who introduce others and offer ongoing support.
Don't reduce fundraising to transactions. Approach it as building authentic relationships. Share your why. Connect emotionally. Unlock possibilities through genuine human connections.
My Favorite Fundraising Book
The Generosity Network focuses on what elite nonprofit fundraisers do to be successful. There’s a discussion about mindsets, compelling storytelling, and building a culture of philanthropy. I highly recommend it to anyone who aspires to nonprofit leadership.
The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raising by Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey Walker
In the News…
“How Nonprofit Leaders Can Improve Their Organization's Decision-Making Processes”- Forbes, July 10, 2023. 13 Forbes Nonprofit Council members each share one small action a nonprofit leader can take to begin improving the decision-making processes within their organization.
“Inflation Is Easing, but Nonprofits Still Feel a Crunch” - Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 10, 2023. Inflation has shown signs of easing, and the labor market has begun to cool slightly in recent months, offering a glimmer of hope for economic stability. However, nonprofits are still grappling with the persistent challenges of recruiting talent and coping with higher-than-normal prices.
“School’s Out. Should You Worry About the ‘Summer Slide’?” - Scientific American, July 10, 2023. The good news is that the summer slide is often overstated. Evidence is decidedly mixed on whether it really exists, and education researchers say that summer is an opportunity. Whether or not kids lose learning during the summer, they rarely gain it—but the hot days out of school can be a golden window for kids struggling to catch up, especially in the context of pandemic learning loss.
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