Every industry has employees who are naturally better suited for their positions than others. After 30 plus years of assisting fundraisers of all types all over the world, I can assure you that the nonprofit sector is no different. Many fundraisers are perfectly placed in the ideal career for their talents, but a larger percentage than you might think are probably in the wrong profession.
Major gift fundraising, in particular, requires “extroverted people lovers.” It requires an outgoing personality, a love of building and nurturing relationships, having personal, one-on-one conversations regularly and no fear of the ask.
Try the following five statements regarding daily preferences out to see where you might fall in the spectrum of “perfect career fit” down to “what was I thinking.”
1. I always reach for the phone to place a call rather than doing anything on my computer.