Are you the only professional fundraiser in your organization? That's the way it is for many -- probably most -- fundraisers.
That can be hard. Worst of all is the isolation it can mean. I can hardly imagine it, having spent most of my career at agencies where I had lots of smart, dedicated colleagues to talk with and learn from.
If you're alone, check out this post at the Veritus Group Blog: The Power of Being Connected. They suggest these ways of getting connected:
- Join a local AFP chapter. They (and other specialized organizations) are pretty much everywhere.
- Reach out to colleagues in a similar field.
- Talk to your own colleagues at work.
- Reach out to blog subscribers.
- Go to conferences
Being connected makes you better at your work. Be mindful of your need to have professional colleagues in your life.