When you need an answer to a fundraising question, who do you ask? Whose fundraising advice do you take?
Whether you’re looking for a coach, a consultant, or just signing up for an electronic newsletter, it can be tough to choose the right person.
Hundreds of people are out there giving advice and sharing their knowledge. How do you decide who to listen to?
Here are some tips for finding the best source of help for you and your nonprofit organization.
1. Find someone you can follow who has experience in the size or the kind of organization you are working with. They’ll have the “been there, done that” information you need.
2. Find someone who resonates with you. Listen to your gut when you’re choosing a fundraising advisor. We all run across people from time to time who we really like and can hear what they’re telling us.
3. Find someone who is going to be around for the long haul. Stay away from anyone who appears “fly by night” and might be here today, but close up shop next month.
What else? I’d love to hear from you how you choose the people you follow.