Small wonder that the average tenure of a development director is only slightly longer than the lifespan of a fruit fly.
If donors are walking ATMs to many executive directors, then development directors are bounty hunters. And too often, scapegoats.
Great piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy this week succinctly titled “Development Directors are not Miracle Workers.” In it, author Rick Moyers lists six things that must be present in an organization for a development director to succeed. Most of them involve ED and Board commitment and engagement.
Another important reminder of the rarity, and the critical importance, of a healthy culture of philanthropy.