Building a Great Fundraising Operations Team

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Building a Great Fundraising Operations Team (May 3, 2011) What are the characteristics to look for in a fundraising operations staff member--someone who will quickly become a valued asset to your team, however they are involved in the fundraising process? Author Christopher Cannon, CFRE, lays out ten top attributes to look for, and more, from his new book, An Executive's Guide to Fundraising Operations . With all the technology being used in fundraising today and all of the necessary steps in researching donors and processing gifts, there is a whole world happening beneath the top layer of fundraising. Called by Cannon "fundraising operations," he wrote his book to guide fundraising executives in the ways to best harness the operations side of fundraising. In this article he discusses the ways to find and cultivate great operations staff members. First, Cannon describes what he considers to be the top ten qualities of a great operations staff member. Ten Characteristics of a Great Fundraising Operations Team Member 1. Communication, interpretation and translation skills . This is the most basic skill. Clearly discussing needs and resources important to team members is an essential skill. The ability to listen, understand and translate discussions with end users is critical. 2. Technical aptitude . Someone who understands relational databases or programming code in general can likely learn your organization's details. Without such aptitude, the team member will struggle. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course PUBLIC ADM 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UNF.

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