Whether it's for a political party or the Little League, many people like the idea of being a fundraiser, except for one thing: "I could never ask for money." Fact is, only a small percentage of a development (fundraising) director's time is spent on "the ask." In fact, the ask is often easy if you've built a relationship with the donor and made the donor's involvement in the organization pleasant. Most of a development director's time is spent recruiting, training, and motivating volunteers, developing a database of donors, overseeing E-mail and phone campaigns, and running fundraising events, like a splashy gala. The best development directors naturally inspire trust. They're intelligent but low key and comfortable being self-effacing—that makes donors feel as though they're a cut above. Low-pressure, polished sales executives do well as development directors.
National: $76,200. More pay data by metropolitan area
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