Most job postings for fundraisers tend to look roughly the same: the ideal candidate should have these skills, this amount of experience, and these qualifications. But what sets candidates apart in the philanthropic sector isn’t listed on a resume or LinkedIn. It’s their emotional intelligence.
And, for fundraisers, emotional intelligence isn’t about getting along with the rest of the office, it determines their ability to develop deep relationships with donors and inspire giving.
Finding amazing fundraising talent with great emotional intelligence is hard, and getting harder. In fact, a Chronicle of Philanthropy report finds that 51% of fundraisers plan to leave their job by next year.
Is there a way to combat this attrition and even support fundraisers in ways that attract the emotionally intelligent to the position, rather than from it?
Let’s look at the reasons that fundraisers say they’re job hunting outside of the profession. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s report:
- Fundraisers said they felt “tremendous pressure to succeed.”
- Fundraisers said they “often feel unappreciated.”
It’s no wonder why. We are consistently asking fundraisers to do more with the same or fewer resources every year. And, the busy work that goes into being a productive fundraiser far too often outweighs the time that fundraisers get to spend in front of donors, developing relationships, and inspiring giving towards missions in which they believe (AKA the parts of the job that require emotional intelligence).
"If AI allows us to truly understand ourselves, it will be because it liberates us from the mechanical drudgery of routine tasks and allows us to focus on our humanity and compassionate connections between us."
Kai-Fu Lee, one of the world's leading artificial intelligence experts, recently penned an article in the New York Times calling for an intersection between humans and technology. The premise was simple: technology allows human to be truly human. He quotes, "If AI allows us to truly understand ourselves, it will be because it liberates us from the mechanical drudgery of routine tasks and allows us to focus on our humanity and compassionate connections between us."
AI, specifically fundraiser enablement solutions that are powered by AI, help to flip this paradigm. Because AI fundraiser enablement is specifically created for the profession, solutions have been proven to expand the working capacity of fundraisers by 4x; greatly decrease the time spent doing office work, consulting the CRM, and other non-donor facing activities; and increase the number of donors they have relationships with.
How is that type of workforce expansion possible? Schedule time to talk to a Gravyty specialist and see how AI can enable your fundraisers to excel at the job they were hired to do.