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How to create a 'star file'

By James Hurley

Demand for fundraisers has exceeded pre-recession levels. Community colleges are beginning to invest in major gifts to replace other sources of revenue that have been cut or reduced (e.g., state appropriations, tax revenue). Simultaneously, nonprofits and four-year institutions are doubling down in the major gifts fundraising space. This environment has created a seller’s market in which highly qualified gift officers can choose between an abundance of employment opportunities.

In order to gain an advantage in the bidding war for talent, community colleges need to improve their recruiting efforts if they are going to successfully attract high-quality fundraisers. The first step in successfully filling a fundraiser vacancy is adequately preparing before one occurs.

Hiring a new MGO? First, understand who you're looking for.

The competition for top fundraisers has never been higher. We can help you identify top MGO prospects by focusing on the key traits common to the highest performing fundraisers. Download our infographic to learn more.

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