“Studies have shown that the top 20 percent of fundraisers work with prospect researchers twice as often as all other fundraisers, proving that a strong partnership between gift officers and prospect researchers is a powerful tool for reaching fundraising targets.”
– Joshua Birkholz, principle at Bentz Whaley Flessner, national fundraising consultancy
Achieving robust collaboration between a gift officer and prospect researcher requires identifying and maximizing each department’s strengths and expertise, as well as bridging differences in communication and work flow.
This program, co-presented by WIDGB and New England Development Research Association (NEDRA), is targeted toward gift officers and prospect researchers and designed to share tips and advice on how researchers can enhance their approach to best collaborate with the front line—and vice versa.
This program will:
- Share case studies in best practices on developing and enhancing the relationship between researchers and gift officers.
- Explore the challenges and opportunities in building lines of communication and collaboration between gift officers and researchers.
- Highlight the complexities of relationships between research and frontline between shops of different sizes and sectors.
Audience/Target Market: Major Gift Officers, Prospect Researchers, those interested in career development in these two areas.