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A Fundraiser’s Resume

Posted on the 25 July 2014 by Paullanning @paullanning

A Fundraiser’s ResumePaulLanning:

Absolutely agree with Linda Spencer‘s post on her Living for Purpose blog about what every fundraiser’s resume should include. My firm reviews numerous resumes for major gift officer and executive director positions, and far too often they lack some of these basic elements. This is a terrific primer for anyone looking at polishing a resume in preparation for a job search in the nonprofit world…

A Fundraiser’s ResumeOriginally posted on Living For Purpose™:


We live in a world of hyper change. The benefits of that can be wonderful because advances in technology and science help make our lives easier and better, but sometimes it is very difficult because we all have to constantly reinvent ourselves and live in a world where absolutely anything can happen. Nothing is certain or can be taken for granted. We now live in a world where people who thought they had stability are finding out the hard way that there is no consistency.

I was a consultant for the last 10 years of my 20 year career as a fundraiser and I was used to the mentality of “feast or famine”, or as they say crudely in sales, “eating what you kill”. The ebbs and flows of business development and clients was common place for me, and for that I am exceedingly grateful because it provided me with…

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