I received an email the other day from a man who was in a fundraising class I taught a few years ago. I remember well his enthusiasm for fundraising as he planned to transition from a career in the aerospace industry to the nonprofit arena. He was already an active volunteer and was passionate about helping nonprofit organizations raise funds. That is what led him to my class.
Today he has completed his education and volunteers with a program for which he helped secure funding. But he has not yet been hired as a fundraiser. Why? My sense is that many nonprofit organizations today want to hire twentysomethings. After all, they know social media and can quickly build an active presence on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or whatever the latest social media fad is.