It’s really been awhile, and big changes have happened in my life. After 7 amazing years in Israel, I have relocated to the US (greater NY area). It is an exciting transition time for me as I start this new chapter in my life!
In terms of the non-profit world, a topic I would like to explore is the idea of accepting a commission as a fundraiser, either as full or partial compensation for your work.
In the non-profit world in Israel, the common view is that accepting commission is incorrect and even unethical. If an organization wants to be professional, they need to pay the fundraiser/grant writer a salary that is independent from the donations. Many smaller, start-up non-profits do not understand this concept. In their opinion, why should they pay someone if they are not “bringing in results”?
This is a tricky topic. It is especially sensitive because often the process of soliciting donations and grants can be a lengthy process. In my opinion (and the majority of the non-profit field in Israel), a person should be compensated for the time s/he works. The bottom line is, what is more important: the person’s time, or the results? Ideally the time invested will lead to donations, but if it doesn’t, does the person not deserve to receive any payment for his/her work and the time invested?
I’ve been out of the game in the US for awhile. I imagine that it is the same here, but I am curious to hear about your experiences. Please share your thoughts! I look forward to your comments.