Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fundraising staffing a matter of need - Crain's Detroit Business

Fundraising staffing a matter of need - Crain's Detroit Business: "he vast difference in employee numbers — from one to 550 at the seven nonprofits surveyed for this story — relies on the amount of private and public dollars rolling in and whether there are endowments. (Crain's Detroit Business contacted 12 nonprofits — three in four sectors — universities, arts foundations, medical foundations and social services foundations. Three of them chose not to provide numbers on development staff size or be interviewed. Two more answered part of the survey, but were not receptive to being interviewed.)

Surprisingly, the solo fundraising employee (see story) can corral $1 million if he or she knows how to obtain government grants. Typically, social service agencies' gifts are smaller, while a university might receive a $6 million endowment.

"A lot of nonprofits are small," said Paula Brown, head of the Detroit chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and executive director and fundraiser for Reading Works in Detroit. "Once an organization gets its legs and starts growing, they can (hire) fundraising staff.""

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