How to Recognize a 5-Star Fundraiser

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Finding – and being – a 5-star fundraiser is absolutely critical for today’s nonprofits. It’s also really challenging.


Often people starting their fundraising career and those hiring fundraising staff have a hard time identifying the qualities necessary for successful fundraisers. How do you find someone with the right combination of characteristics? Are the traits intrinsic or can they be developed? Do you need to have years and years of fundraising experience or can you bring these skills from another field? Join Emma Kieran for an interactive discussion on the traits necessary for fundraising success and how to both find and cultivate them.
This session is designed for new and experienced fundraising professionals and nonprofit leaders who are interested in learning about identifying and cultivating top traits for development professionals.
Emma Kieran, Principal, Pilot Peak Consulting
Bringing more than 15 years of professional and volunteer fundraising experience, Emma started Pilot Peak Consulting in 2014. She has worked with over 50 nonprofits in her career on a broad range of projects from planning to implementation, coaching and interim services. Previously, Emma was the Vice President for Fundraising and Development at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI) and a consultant with Changing Our World (CW).
Emma holds an MPA from American University in Nonprofit Management and a BA from Connecticut College, and is currently working on her MA in Organizational Psychology at Columbia University. In her free time, Emma is an avid marathoner and three-time Ironman triathlete. Her volunteer work is largely spent volunteering for her alma mater, The Ellis School for Girls, and for Girls on the Run.