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Traits Of A Successful Annual Fund Manager

December 3rd, 2009
  1. Recognizes that the devil is in the details, but always keeps an eye on the big picture.
  2. Good at delegating, even better at managing-up.
  3. Familiar with FCC guidelines on telemarketing to mobile phones.
  4. Knows how much (and why) postage has increased over the past decade.
  5. Appreciates that social media isn’t just for young people.
  6. Expects 100% Annual Fund participation from their board.
  7. Has a sense of humor.
  8. Starts every donor conversation with two words: thank you.
  9. Understands the difference between data mining and predictive modeling.
  10. Realizes the #1 reason people give to charity is because they’re asked.

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