Welcome to What Gives???: a blog dedicated to topics surrounding fundraising, philanthropy, charities, the not-for-profit sector, who gives, why give…
I thought I’d use my first post to introduce myself – my name is Maeve and I identify as a fundraiser. I say “identify” because my job title is not “Fundraiser”, nor is that all I do, but that’s who I am and that’s what I love to do – fundraising! I currently work in educational fundraising, combined with a healthy dose of alumni relations in my portfolio, and as such, quite a bit of event planning as well.
I’ve been in fundraising now for nearly five years, give or take a few months. I started out in a university phonathon program as a student caller. What began as a means for some extra cash transformed into a full-blown passion. After raising over $7,000 for Annual Giving as a caller, I was hooked, and was then promoted to a supervisory position. I held that position for over three years; I trained callers, coached callers, and motivated callers. I calculated caller statistics, helped define goals, and advised callers on how to improve. I documented all supervisory procedures to promote succession planning and helped bring in a new group of supervisors. I lived and breathed the university phonathon, and also tried to earn my undergraduate degree when I wasn’t in the call centre. Then I graduated, and it was time to move on to the real world.
As I said, I still work in educational fundraising, but now in an independent school instead of a university. Moreover, I’m working less so in annual giving and more in supporting a capital campaign. That said, in a small shop like this, I get to do a little of everything… reunion giving, alumni relations, endowment reporting, alumni communications, major giving… the list goes on!
The fact is — I love fundraising! I’m fascinated by the psychology of it, I’m energized by the passion involved in the field, and I’m excited to continue on in my career, learning more and more as I go.
SO – welcome to “What Gives???”, thanks for reading my first post, and please stay tuned for more!!!
Written by Maeve Strathy
Maeve is the Founder of What Gives Philanthropy and has been working in educational fundraising for the past 6 years. Click here to learn more about Maeve.