How to Speak Fundraiser

Recently, my sister who also happens to be a active board member and has served on multiple boards, reminded me that it can be difficult for new board members to learn the nonprofit lingo. Uh oh, I thought.

I know I've been guilty of having barreled through a training without stoping to translate the fundraising language with which I'm so comfortable, but other are not.

Apologies to all of you who might have been a little confused in one of my sessions as I threw around words like cultivation, stewardship, campaign, major donor, recognition and on and on. I will do better in the future. In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy a glossary of standard fundraising terms, which you can find here. After reading this, you too, will be able to speak fundraiser.