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Hire? Fire? Invest? How to Strengthen Your Development Department

October 12th, 2021
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Building a productive development department involves finding the right person to lead it. Executive Directors face many considerations finding and retaining the right candidate. It is important to set reasonable goals and expectations and, in this age of racial reckoning, recruit candidates who reflect the community being served. 

In this workshop, we will discuss the challenges that have resulted in high turnover, protracted vacancies, and lack of job satisfaction in the development department. We will also address how those challenges are magnified for fundraisers of color; how to build a “bias-free” development department; and how to position your development director for long-term success.  

Participants will explore mindset and behavior shifts (both personal and organizational) that support DEI hiring and learn marketing and outreach strategies that will help them reach candidates from diverse backgrounds.

This session is targeted to executive and board leaders with hiring and recruiting responsibilities.

Our Presenter

David McGoy, CFRE, ASSIST Development Coaching

David McGoy is a writer, consultant, trainer, presenter, and coach with more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, development, governance, and philanthropy. As the Founder and President of ASSIST Development Consulting, he works with the leaders of small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations and has established a strong track record of helping organizations raise funds and build capacity. He has trained and presented on fundraising and governance topics for CANDID (formerly The Foundation Center), the US Soccer Foundation, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Up2Us Sports, Minnesota Council on Nonprofits, Grassroots Fundraising Journal, Jr. NBA, and several New York-based nonprofits. He also provides coaching to nonprofit Executive Directors and development professionals, helping them lean into their fundraising responsibilities, grow into their roles, and achieve their professional goals.

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