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Most people enter the fundraising field because it is an environment that serves human needs–needs that are not served by the other sectors, business and government.  People want to heal, to educate, to preserve cultures, to shelter the abused, to inspire, or to preserve.  But in order to succeed in fundraising as a career, you have to believe in the mission of the organization you serve.

Other objectives can certainly be worthwhile, such as career advancement, involvement in a specific field of interest, working in a field that has such significant impact on nonprofit causes, but belief in the causes that a fundraising professional serves is of primary importance.  Fundraising should touch souls, the professional’s as well as those who are served.

It’s true there are hours spent in painstaking research, preparation that goes into every “ask” from proposal writing to one-on-one solicitation, the planning for each successful event, the writing of materials such as  letters, the cultivation steps so vital for each market, the juggling of constituents’ wants and demands, the complexities of managing volunteers and working with the board.  The list could go and can be mind-numbing.

But at the end of each day, the  professional has engaged in a journey worth sharing because, whether or not the results of that day’s efforts are visible, the professional can take pride in the nature of the work.   Fundraising or development, as some prefer to call it, is a fundamental part of the process that makes institutions successful.  The genuinely committed  professional feels a “calling” to the work of fundraising.  The satisfaction is derived from results, often intangible as well as those that aren’t visible for some time in the future, not from recognition.

Fundraising is a great career.

The skills required are adaptable to your field of interest and commitment, and the types of organizations in that field. Preparation for a career in fundraising can include academic programs, continuing education opportunities, reading materials, and professional organizations. Check out the information on this site and for further help, call PSI at 301.680.6133. We will be glad to get you started and customize your learning experience.

This is your time to shine.

Development professionals should do more than just survive in a competitive marketplace; they must create career satisfaction and success.

Your Future in Fundraising

Fundraising doesn’t take place in a vacuum. It is an essential function in the entire scope of the nonprofit sector, which is supported by philanthropy. And philanthropy is a highly significant part of the fabric of American society, providing opportunities for fulfillment, meeting needs, addressing crises and disasters, and building sustainability for the future. A fundraising professional is the manager of a process that brings together a sense of caring with needs that must be met.

Whether you’re a professional fundraiser, you’re considering a career in fundraising, or you’re beginning your first fundraising project, this book provides information that can help you meet your goals. Read this book to learn about:

  • An Overview of an Ongoing Fundraising Program or Department
  • Skills and Qualities of the Aspiring Professional and Fundraising Positions to Match
  • Embarking on a Fundraising Career
  • Fundraising Professional Development Pipeline
  • Are We There Yet? Tracking the Path of Professionalism in Fundraising
  • Leading from any Level–the Fundraiser’s Challenge and Opportunity
  • Tracing the Development of Fundraising in the U.S.
  • Avoiding the No-Win Job
  • The Globalization of Fundraising

If you are considering engaging in fundraising for your church, school, or a non-profit organization, this book provides an overview of the wide range of possibilities for philanthropic action.

Your Future in Fundraising, by Dr. Lilya Wagner, is now available as a free download here:

More Fundraisers Needed—PSI Develops Strategies to Meet the Need

Several times each month PSI is approached by organizations needing to hire a fundraiser. Regrettably, such individuals aren’t in plentiful supply in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Although PSI does its best to fill the need by providing scholarships for training, posting resumes and job notices, and coaching fundraisers at any level, there still aren’t enough persons to fill the need.

Because of this, PSI is focusing in 2015 on expanding the numbers of available personnel who can undertake and carry out fundraising programs at any organizations, whether a media ministry, a higher education institution, a healthcare organization, or any other cause. One of the first steps in this effort has been to write and publish a career handbook, available through AdventSource. This handbook, written by PSI’s director, Dr. Lilya Wagner, is a mini-version of her book, Careers in Fundraising, published some years ago by Wiley, and is an up-to-date, relevant and customized handbook for use by Seventh-day Adventist organizations.

Your Career in Fundraising contains the following topics:

  •  An Overview of an Ongoing Fundraising Program or Department
  • Skills and Qualities of the Aspiring Professional and Fundraising Positions to Match
  • Embarking on a Fundraising Career\
  • Fundraising Professional Development Pipeline
  • Are We There Yet? Tracking the Path of Professionalism in Fundraising
  • Leading from any Level–the Fundraisers Challenge and Opportunity
  • Tracing the Development of Fundraising in the U.S. Avoiding the No-Win Job
  • The Globalization of Fundraising

In addition to this handbook, PSI fosters the growth and development of fundraisers by providing a mentoring program, posting job ads and resumes, webinars and podcasts on a wide range of fundraising topics, and personal consultant as requested. Please peruse PSI’s website, www.philanthropicservice.com, for more information on these resources.

Although the handbook, Your Career in Fundraising, is primarily for persons wishing to do fundraising on a part- or full-time basis, this volume will be of interest and useful for volunteers and others as well—anyone who wishes to engage in fundraising in a professional way. As Dr. Lilya Wagner, PSI director, often says, “You don’t have to be a professional fundraiser to do fundraising, but you have to do it professionally!” The handbook is available for purchase through AdventSource.org. Please write us for any further information on fundraising as a professional activity, or as a career.

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