Recruiting staff – what do you ask … ?

Almost all employment processes include checking name, date of birth, address, employment history and, of course reference checks. There’s also the usual interview questions about goals and aspirations, what the applicant likes and doesn’t like in a role, what their greatest achievement has been – all the “usual”.

But, what questioning is done around why the applicant really wants the job, what they feel about the sector, what organisations (if any) they support and why?

If you’re looking for someone who “fits” your organization, surely you’d want to know that they are to some degree philanthropic, community minded at least.

Sure there might be some casual conversation around community, nonprofits etc, but wouldn’t it be better if applicants were asked outright about their involvement etc in the community?

Yes, some applicants will be people who have or are currently working in the community, so there’s a given that they do have some “involvement”, but simply working for a community organization doesn’t mean the person is “community minded.”

So, next time you’re conducting interviews – ask “are there organizations you support in the community?” – “what organizations do you support?”

You Don’t Need New Donors

I’d been pondering “do you need new donors” for some time and, was about to write my thoughts on this when I came across “6 Ways to Raise More Money without New Donors!” which Michael Rosen penned (typed)  

Sure you do need to replenish the pot, some donors stop gifting for various reasons, lets term it “natural attrition” – but many donors are in for the long haul, these should be nurtured, done right your need to “replenish” – even with natural attrition, will lessen.

Altruism or Redemption?

The story of the Wall Street Tycoon taking his life, after giving away his “fortunes” to charitable causes has raised some interesting debate.

Some people have suggested he merely gave away his “fortune” (Read: Ill-gotten Gains) to ease his conscience.

Others have suggested it’s a sign of wanting to help others.

Who’s to judge, he gave away all he had, he helped others – or are there really sinister reasons why millionaires and billionaires give away their fortunes; are they trying to “buy” peace and ease their inner conscience / peace?

I guess it comes down to “judge not lest ye be judged”