What Are We Doing: Fundraising or Development?

Since starting my job at Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation more than 25 years ago, I’ve been explaining what I do. That’s natural; since my title included “development,” and many people weren’t sure what I was “developing.” Throughout my career, my titles have included “development” and “advancement” in several iterations (associate, director of, officer). To… Read More

What 3 Things?

I was meeting with an Executive Director and a newly hired Development Director to work on a development plan for their organization. The development director had extensive experience in the for-profit sector and had volunteered with the organization. However, this was his first adventure in professional fundraising. As we wrapped up our meeting, the ED… Read More

Letter to a New Development Director

A colleague just got a great new development job. I started thinking of what I would tell him if he asked me (and he hasn’t but since this is a great outlet for unsolicited advice I thought I would share). Dear friend, Congratulations on your new position! Fundraising is an extremely challenging and immensely rewarding… Read More