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What Does a Non Profit Fundraising Professional Cost?

A non profit fundraising professional may or may not be worth the fee they charge. There are some pitfalls that you can tumble into if you don’t know how to go about hiring a true professional that will help you get real results. Just about anyone can call themselves a professional and print up business cards but how do you know that the person you’re hiring is really in the game?

There are several ways to go about hiring a non profit fundraising professional. One of the things that you can look for is what kind of program they represent, how well does that program hold up under scrutiny, and does that program tend to have better than average results? Looking into a program that is represented by a professional will help to give you a great deal of insight into what you’re getting and what to expect.

Does the program have a track record of proving its promised results more often than not? This is very important because you don’t want to hire a professional who is going to try to sell you on an idea that has a long history of flopping. That’s a waste of time, effort, and money and will only cause aggravation. There are programs that can show you exactly how well they have done for their clients over the years and this can give you more peace of mind.

Of course, you want to get more from a non profit fundraising professional than just a quick fix. If you hire the right professional you’ll receive a lot more than just a quick fix. You will be taught exactly how the program can have such a great success rate. That way you and your organization will be able to implement the ideas and the structure over and over again. Once you have your system into place it really should be an easy thing to keep the ball rolling forward.

What is your professional going to teach you? Ultimately he or she should be teaching you principles, concepts, and plans that help some programs excel at fundraising. When this happens your entire organization benefits over a period of years. This is a lot different from just being taught how to promote a single event. Your event needs to be successful but overall your organization needs to be successful.

Some professionals will shy away from teaching you the process to self sufficient successful events because they feel you will not have a reason to hire them again. You won’t. You will not need their services in the near future because they taught your organization how to be self sufficient. It certainly doesn’t hurt to bring the same consultant back every couple of years to gain more from their knowledge and learn how the field of fundraising has changed. But if you choose to stay on the track you’re on you can certainly do that and still find successes.

A non profit fundraising will cost what they are worth. Some will charge a percentage of the overall earnings of an event. Some will try to charge a high fee right up front. Never think to question any kind of practice that requires you to hand over thousands of dollars before you even get to see what you’re getting for your money.

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