Mind the Gap!: Fundraisers and their nonprofit organisational leaders do think differently and this difference matters

Scaife, Wendy A., Williamson, Alexandra, & McDonald, Katie (2014) Mind the Gap!: Fundraisers and their nonprofit organisational leaders do think differently and this difference matters. In Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research 14th Biennial Conference, 18th-20th November 2014, Christchurch, New Zealand. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Australian fundraisers and their organisational leaders (CEOs and board members) diverge sometimes in how they think about fundraising. In fact, eight key differences emerged in the recent Australian study that sparked this paper. A strong fundraising/leadership accord in attitudes toward fundraising would seem to be important, especially in tightened funding regimes. Both demand and competition for funding beyond the government dollar is growing. Many organisations are moving into community fundraising for the first time due to imperilled government funding. The sophistication of all donation sources is likewise on the rise. These factors add complexity to the fundraising role and to the task of boards and CEOs in managing fundraising strategy and activity. Some variances in professional outlook might be predictable between fundraisers and fundraising organisation leaders. However, the differences found in our study are in areas that potentially affect the organisation’s ability to fill its mission. It is advisable then to ‘mind the gap’ and also to explore it.

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ID Code: 87504
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Philanthropy, Fundraising, Australian fundraisers, Community fundraising
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [Please Consult the Authors]
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2015 23:32
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015 23:32

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