by Angela E. White
Are you in a "hot career"? In a recent article on top careers, U.S. News picked "fundraiser" as one of the hottest careers of 2010. The article defines fundraising as a "career that is more involved than going door to door asking for money. It is more about developing relationships with donors." I think that most of us would agree that our work is more about building relationships than it is going door to door.
However, I welcome your thoughts on the next statement in the article: "The need for money during this downturn is going to be ever more important and will help to solidify a fundraisers position in the coming years. If you are looking for a job which is full of security and challenges Fundraising is IT!"
Hmmm...full of challenges, yes; full of security, not so sure! I think that the economic recession (and now recovery) has caused some nonprofits to focus on short-term gains at the expense of long-term relationship building - and this doesn't translate into security for either the fundraiser or the constituents' relationship with your organization.
Let me know what you think by posting your responses in the JGA comments section below.