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How an Interim Director of Development Can Keep Your Nonprofit Afloat

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Your Director of Development has just resigned. Whether it’s the third person from your development team to resign this year or your DOD has been an employee for 10 years, this might be a good time to hire an interim. Before hiring someone new to fill the role, your organization may need to take some time to re-evaluate the position to determine the needs of the organization at this time.

Because the Director of Development position is usually an integral part of the leadership of the organization and works closely with the board and other high-level volunteers, hiring an Interim Director of Development is not something to be taken lightly. Staff turnover at this level can be detrimental to the ongoing progress of meeting mission needs. However, an interim director should be equipped with the experience and expertise to keep the wheels turning while pointing to needed changes or new opportunities.  

Prior to hiring an interim director, you’ll need to consider these things:

  • Build a timeline. This position might be hired to finish a project or to help with routine needs for an amount of time. Though the role can be open-ended, it’s usually best to have a plan in place for hiring a permanent replacement.
  • Determine the most pressing needs of the development program. The job description for an interim won’t be the same as that of a permanent position. This person likely won’t be there long enough to establish long-term relationships with donors but will be able to manage staff and timelines, letter writing, proofreading, event planning, and even make strategic visits and gift requests on behalf of the organization.
  • As an interim role on the leadership team, this person will need to be welcomed to the organization and given the authority to manage staff, make decisions, contact the board (after a brief introduction), and reach out to donors.
  • Brief the interim person on the culture and mission of the organization, helping them to understand and interpret language and actions immediately.  

An interim Director of Development can offer stability to overwhelmed staff members, build a path for success for the incoming permanent hire, put donors at ease during the transition period, give time to get just the right person and bring new insights into the organization.  
Interested in learning more? Write On Fundraising’s Director of Development on Demand program can provide the interim support your development team needs to “keep the wheels on the bus” while you make the best possible permanent director hire for your organization. Schedule a complimentary consultation with a member of our team today to see if Write On is a good fit for your program! Email info@writeonfundraising.com or call 888-308-0087.

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Jonathan Weber-Mendez is a nonprofit fundraising professional with a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. Since 2018, Jonathan has served Write On Fundraising in multiple capacities working with both our nonprofit partners and staff to fulfill the company’s mission. As Director of Mission Impact, Jonathan helps equip staff with the education and resources needed to provide equity and compassion to philanthropy.

Prior to joining Write On Fundraising, Jonathan served as a staff grant writer for YWCA Tulsa and then Folds of Honor. Jonathan began his career of service in the United States Army where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom before working in the nonprofit sector.

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Melody has an extensive background in the corporate sector, having strategized and led philanthropic initiatives, managed financial analysis, and bridged the gaps between companies and nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways. Today, Melody leads Write On’s entire grants department, analyzing efficiency, capacity planning, and managing a diverse team of fundraisers.

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Prior to founding Write On Fundraising, Lindsay worked in executive fundraising roles for several large nonprofits including the Alzheimer’s Association, YWCA, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With more than $100 million raised for worthy causes, Lindsay works to build capacity for nonprofits and is deeply committed to developing upstream fundraising methodologies that bring greater equity to philanthropy.

Lindsay lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband, Aaron, and two young children, Oliver and Leo. When she’s not fundraising and speaking, she can usually be found curled up with a good book, hiking with her family, or trying her hand at a new recipe.