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I have a confession: I’m a fundraiser and I hate the phone

I have a confession: I’m a fundraiser and I hate the phone

I have this distinct memory from my childhood. It was pizza night at home. My mom handed me the phone and forced me to make the call for delivery. My stomach tightened. I somehow managed to stammer my way through the order. It didn’t kill me. But I don’t think it made...
The Two-Person Charity

The Two-Person Charity

There’s small charities, and then there’s small charities. One of my first jobs in the sector was working for a teensy start-up charity. It was a direct service agency providing one-on-one counselling services and group workshops for people navigating the legal...
6 Things I Learned When I Started Working for a Charity

6 Things I Learned When I Started Working for a Charity

I stumbled out of the graduation ceremony, into the bright sunlight, and blinked hard. I was now officially an adult. An unemployed adult. After much hand-wringing and anxiety over what to do with the rest of my life, I brushed off my resume and started looking for...
That time my Executive Director hung up on a donor

That time my Executive Director hung up on a donor

Early in my career I worked as a fundraiser for a small charity. We had a small but established fundraising program with around a thousand annual donors who gave consistently through our newsletter program. Despite the success of the fundraising program, and the fact...
5 Red Flags that Made Me Reconsider a Dream Job

5 Red Flags that Made Me Reconsider a Dream Job

The job seemed perfect. A director level position in a social justice organization. The role would be challenging but I knew I could get it done. And it was a chance to work with a highly-regarded leader in the sector. To this day, I’m grateful I wasn’t selected. I...