Co-Founder and CEO of The Adventure Project, ( a nonprofit "adding venture" capital to support entrepreneurs in developing countries. Former charity: water executive and UNICEF consultant. Lover of people and good deeds.

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Hi MashStories!

I completely agree with Tom. Most donors, at the end, want to connect with the founder(s). Especially early on.

But, I will say if you are looking to hire, I would recommend you ask potential candidates how much funding they have previously secured (themselves), what is the size of their network, the type/quality of connections they have (check LinkedIn). Also, it depends on if you want a growth hacker (small gifts online) or a major gift officer. Usually, those are/can be two different people. Major gifts is all about relationships and grants, social is all about conversions and engagement. Hope that's helpful!! Good luck.

PS: This is my fav fundraising book:

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