This is sadly the case for many charitable organisations, resulting in limited or misguided investment in fundraising, perpetuating a wariness of fundraising when results are not as expected.
It can also mean that support from other departments is limited, as the standard for internal communication comes from the top. If Directors aren’t talking to each other and non-Fundraising senior staff do not understand the importance of fundraising, then your potential to succeed will be severely hampered.
When we hire a fundraiser we are responsible for choosing the person who will succeed for us. We can’t afford to benchmark against the candidates who turn up for interview, we must know the benchmarks already so that we know what success looks like before it walks through the door and introduces itself.
We do not work on a commission basis. Nor will we work on a no-win-no-fee basis. There are lots of reasons for that – it is frowned upon by our sector body, it offers temptation for poor practice, it exploits the weak, it misunderstands the fundamental team effort that is fundraising.