How to Get out of Fundraising and into Something you like More!

So you’ve been in fundraising for four, five, six, twenty years.

You know more ways to ask for money than there are stars in the sky.

You’ve had good bosses and you’ve had bad bosses.
You’ve seen honest nonprofits and corrupt nonprofits.
You’ve gotten board members to give, and you’ve gotten volunteers to give.
You’ve seen grants be accepted and grants be rejected.
You’ve written over 10,000 thank you notes.
You’ve seen staff and volunteers come and go.
You’ve made great friends and gotten big gifts.
You’ve been fired, you’ve been hired.

Now you’re done. What do you want to do now?

If you thrive on change and doing something different every day, I highly recommend going into business for yourself. How do you choose what field you’ll go into?

Try these books on for size. They can help you get to know your passions and how to monetize them.

“Making a Living Without a Job”-Barbara Winter
“Zen and the Art of Making a Living” –Laurence Boldt
“How to Be, Do, or Have Anything You Want” –Laurence Boldt
“One Person, Multiple Careers” –Marci Alboher

If you still want to work for someone else, your current skills may translate well into

  • Marketing,
  • Editing,
  • Event planning,
  • Graphic design,
  • Direct mail firms,
  • Social media,
  • Corporate social responsibility,
  • Executive director,
  • Social media community manager,
  • Writing,
  • Researching,
  • Outreach,
  • Conflict management,
  • Community organizing, or a completely unrelated field!

Check out,, or for some jobs in different fields. You never know what you’re going to find!

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