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Fundraisers worried about job security and bullying

Fundraisers worried about job security and bullying

Fundraisers are feeling undervalued, worrying about their jobs and more are reporting being bullied, according to a survey.

Only 42% of fundraisers are not concerned about their jobs compared to 49% last year and 14% report they have been bulled in the last 12 months – up 2% on last year. Generally among all charity staff morale is lower and workers are less engaged with their organisations.

The Charity Pulse 2010 – Voluntary Sector Staff Satisfaction Survey conducted by Birdsong Charity Consulting and Third Sector also highlighted a number of areas where fundraisers’ opinions of people management have declined since the recession began. Only just over half (51%0 feel they get the support they need to do their job well, down 14% from three years ago. They feel less appreciated and are less happy with the way that poor performance is handled. There are fewer opportunities for personal development at charities with only 43% thinking their organisations offer a good level of development.

This year respondents were asked which aspects of organisational culture are most important. Over all charity staff the most important aspects were: well-managed and professional; respects and values people; gets things done. Fundraisers, however, also disproportionately value cultures that are: inspiring and exciting; entrepreneurial; fun. Fundraising managers also prefer a culture that is challenging, whereas other fundraisers tend to attach more importance to an environment that is calm and relaxed and free from fear and blame.

There is more information available on the survey at www.bird-song.co.uk

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