All Laced Up: Think You’re Cut Out For Fundraising? Take This Quiz

by Ellisha Caplan

Question 1Have you got what it takes to be a great fundraiser? Here are a few questions to help you think it through:

1)      Are you passionate about the cause?
If the answer is yes, you’re on the right track.  Some of the best spokespeople for nonprofits are the people who care about them the most.

2)      Are you ethical?
Donors want to know that they can rely on you to be a good steward of their funds, and holding to a code of ethics, such as the AFP’s Code of Ethics, is helpful in making sure you are living up to the values your donors would expect from you.

3)      Are you willing to stand up for what matters to you?
You don’t need to get on a soapbox to stand up for what matters to you, but you do need to educate yourself about your cause and be willing and able to speak intelligently about it to others when the moment arises!

4)      Are you a good listener?
Good listeners make awesome fundraisers!  They are able to really hear and respond to a donor’s interests and concerns in a way that makes the donor feel good and ultimately strengthens the relationship between the donor and the organization.  (Tip: Taking an improv class is an amazing and fun way to hone your active listening skills!)

5)      Do you give in easily?
Hopefully you answered ‘no’ to this question!  Good fundraisers understand that building relationships with donors and getting to ‘yes’ can take some time.  That means being persistent (and consistent) in your efforts!

6)      Are you flexible?
No bending over backwards necessary, but good fundraisers often find themselves setting meetings and events before or after the ‘normal’ 9 to 5 workday.  (And making time for yoga, or running, or whatever keeps you feeling balanced is important to keeping you happy in this kind of existence!)

Well, how’d you do?  If you answered yes to every question but #5, you’ll be a great fundraiser for your cause! Still want some help?  Well, that’s why Shoestring Solutions for Non-Profits exists!  We’d love to talk to you about how to engage with your donors and the greater community.

Photo credit: Betsy Weber

Shoestring Solutions for Nonprofits is passionate about helping small nonprofits meet their mission.  All Laced Up is just a taste of how we can help you gain traction with your constituents, raise funds, and make the most impact with limited resources.  Questions?  Contact us:

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