For almost 25 years I have worked for non profits to start with as volunteer and as a paid worker, both in the UK and now for the past 15 years in Michigan, USA. I do this work because I am passionate about helping others obtain programs, supplies or survival tools who can’t do it for themselves. I am blessed to be in this profession but its not an easy or stable profession to be in. For success you have to give 100% and therefore I am never not working. Not only strategically finding fund raising opportunities but utilizing every opportunity in my life looking for the ideal prospect or/and donation. Sadly, not many non profit CEO’s or and Boards absolutely don’t understand that fundraisers are not sales people, they are not selling products, they are selling an emotion. The time and the skill/s that are needed to not only locate donors but to plan, implement and ask for funds. Therefore many, many fundraisers do not last more than 2 years in the same job and this is because of the pressure. It’s a lot of work and very stressful having to try and educate and fulfill what your bosses unrealistically want. $2m in donations in 6 months!! Yes, that is what many expect and unless you are lucky or they have a huge list of major donors waiting, it doesn’t happen that quick.
I absolutely love my job raising money, for example, to provide more free specialist therapies for children who are in dire need of them and their family cannot afford to pay.
I really need some of your expertise and help to put in to perspective for me the constant “inner voices,” of feeling insecure in my present job. How do I take each day as it comes, how do I communicate and express my self clearly and effectively to my CEO and Board to obtain their full understanding and realistic support to give me a day of feeling secure and take a realistic deep breath. All my great skills, qualifications and successes have got me the jobs but it still doesn’t stop the constant pressure and feeling that I am not expressing/communicating Please give me the opportunity to learn some important and much needed skills, so I can improve my professional and personal life.