First Time Fundraising Leader?

Are you a first-time fundraising leader, and feeling a little nervous? We’re here to help!

New leaders

Here are 10 basic leadership tips to get you started.

  1. Accept that you still have a lot to learn
    • Even though you may have worked hard to land this new leadership position and may have the expertise, it is common to feel as though you lack self-confidence in your ability to lead. Be prepared to learn from others, including your new fundraising team!
  2. Communicate clearly
    • Always keep your team informed of your fundraising goals, priorities and deadlines. To do this, effective communication is essential. Try to always provide clear direction and welcome questions.
  3. Encourage feedback
    • It is common for employees to be unwilling to speak up about certain issues unless asked. Be sure ask for opinions on important fundraising topics, while maintaining an open door policy. This shows the team that you’re willing to listen to their concerns and ideas, as well as provide help with any problems.
  4. Set a good example
    • Be sure to act upon the same level of professionalism and dedication that you expect from others. For example, if you expect the team to be upbeat and friendly, then be sure you’re upbeat and friendly as well!
  5. Offer recognition
    • By recognizing efforts and achievements of your teams work, you are building their confidence and encouraging future contributions to fundraising success.
  6. Be decisive
    • As a new fundraising leader, you need to learn to make decisions and stick to them. People don’t feel comfortable with a leader who is always changing their mind.
  7. Help your team see the “big picture”
    • Take some time to explain to your team what their fundraising assignments are and how they fit into the team’s goals and objectives.
  8. Create an environment full of constant learning and development
    • Keep encouraging your team to explore new fundraising methods to reach their individual goals, as well as team goals. Allow them to make mistakes, learn from them, and be sure to reward new ideas.
  9. Provide professional guidance
    • As a leader, you are also a mentor. This means making yourself available to your fundraising team and showing interest in their developments. Your team will appreciate your commitment to their progress!
  10. Be patient with yourself
    • Becoming a strong leader takes time, especially as you adjust to a new position. Don’t be afraid to seek guidance when you need it. Doing so will enhance your leadership abilities and help you progress toward becoming a great leader!

      Buzz, The Fundraising Fly
      *Brought to you by Butter Braid® Brand Fundraising

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