Cashing out: Fund development director turnover in nonprofit organizations

by McConnell, Brian L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 137 pages; 3605126


Critical to the financial success of nonprofit organizations is fund development. The responsibility of raising funds in the nonprofit sector rests with executive directors and fund development directors hired to raise financial support. Previous research suggests conflicting results about turnover of fund development employees in the nonprofit sector. Specifically, the average length of employment for a nonprofit fund development director is 3.5 years. The data suggests the average is too short to demonstrate effective donor relations and significant revenue generation. With the Meyer, Allen, and Smith's (1993) multi-dimensional survey the study surveyed nonprofit fundraisers to examine the relationships between organizational commitment (predictor variable) and turnover intentions (criterion variable) among nonprofit membership organizations of a state council. Multivariate statistical methods were employed for data analysis. The results of the research study compliment the limited literature for the nonprofit sector and may provide nonprofit leaders with practical information to retain employees in the fund development profession.

AdviserRay Borges
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Public administration; Occupational psychology
Publication Number3605126

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