Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking at AFP Vancouver‘s breakfast event as part of a panel discussing the issue of retention in our profession.
In an environment where high turnover has become the norm, we have to find ways to encourage good people to stay. Advancement within the organization was identified as one of the ways to keep talent. Instilling a culture of ongoing professional development in an organization is part of that. However, employees should not expect that it will all be organized and handed to them. We have to be proactive about our own professional development. Identify where you want to be, discuss with your manager what pieces are missing, and then strategically work on developing those areas.
One of the points that were brought up was training in management. Often strong fundraisers get promoted to management positions with little experience leading people. Some audience members suggested management and leadership programs at the Justice Institute and at Vantage Point. I also found some certificate programs (including non-profit management certificates) at SFU.
And here are some more professional development opportunities that came across my desk…
- How to Engage your Board in Fundraising and Development, The Nonprofit Search Group, Free Webinar, April 13, 2018, Online
- The Future of Planned Giving – The 10 Critical Planned Giving Challenges and How to Overcome Them, AFP Vancouver – Fraser Valley Breakfast, April 19, 2018, Langley
- Donor Advised Funds – The Basics, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 26, 2018, Online
- Fraser Valley Summit, Greater Things, May 24, 2018, Langley
- Western Canada Fundraising Conference, May 30 to June 1, 2018, Vancouver
- Fundraising Day, AFP Toronto, June 1, 2018, Toronto