Monday, November 27

They have 165 fundraisers?

The Boston Globe ran an Associated Press article on the trend by Boston area hospitals to bulk up on the number of fundraisers in their development department. While it doesn't make the explicit conclusions that hiring more fundraisers helps nonprofits raise more money... it came close enough for me.

Dana-Farber, which has tripled its development staff in the past 10 years to 165 employees, raised $203 million in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The total was its best ever and more than double the dollars raised in 2001. The institute also got its largest donation ever this year -- a $50 million unrestricted gift from trustees Richard and Susan Smith for a new research and patient care building.
Do we get any readers at Don't Tell the Donor from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute? If so, drop me an email. I'd love to know how you all run development staff meetings.

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