Posts Tagged ‘Multi-generation’

Toss your crusty plan and embrace a fresh approach

If you’re like some Boomers and Traditionalists, you may be asking “What’s all the fuss about Millennials?” If you’re a Gen X-er, you may be tired of hearing all the fuss since you’re sandwiched between Boomers and Millennials—both very large and vocal. No matter when you were born, if it was prior to 1979, you have to put away your crusty plan because the “next greatest generation” is here.

We’ve recently featured Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement by Kari Dunn Saratovsky and Derrick Feldmann in our summary library of recommended reading. Cause for Change is a compelling read about reasons for including Millennials in your strategic planning. It not only reinforces what we’ve read in Fundraising and the Next Generation, it provides a framework we introduced in my last post.

When I asked Saratovsky and Feldmann about some of these crusty attitudes and the rationale for engaging Millennials rather than asking them to adapt, Dunn-Saratovsky answered in the following way:

CausePlanet: If older generations (Boomers and Traditionalists) ask why they should accommodate Millennials’ workplace preferences versus asking Millennials to adapt to current organizational culture, what is the rationale you would recommend our readers share?

Dunn-Saratovsky: The Millennial Generation is now the largest age group, outnumbering even our Baby Boomer parents. The majority of Millennials came of age during the first decade of the 21st Century and it was at this same time that rapid advancements in technology were also taking place.

But beyond just a comfort and familiarity with technology, Millennials are bringing a different set of values and characteristics into the workplace and creating a change in how work gets done. Millennials tend to work more effectively in teams and oppose hierarchical structures; they crave transparency and feedback, good or bad; and want to challenge the status quo and exercise their entrepreneurial spirit. These changes in the workplace if embraced by organizational leadership can help all generations come together, ultimately leading to stronger organizations and better performance in the community.

Millennials’ social mindset is also a significant factor. A report released last year by Net Impact showed most Millennials said having a job that makes a social impact on the world is an important life goal. In fact, students said it was more important than having children, a prestigious career, being wealthy, or being a community leader —ranking only below financial security and marriage. This mindset is something that is important for organizations to recognize as Millennials are taking jobs that may pay less but have a greater social return.

Do you discuss how to engage Millennials in your strategic plan? If not yet, why? If so, tell us about it.

Save the date for our live interview with coauthor Kara Saratovsky on September 12 at 11 a.m. CST when we discuss how to cultivate and communication with the “next greatest generation.”

CausePlanet members: Register now for our next author interview with branding expert and author, Jocelyne Daw, on Wednesday, July 31 at 11 a.m. CST. We’ll discuss her book Cause Marketing: Partner for Purpose, Passion and Profits.

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See also:

Fundraising and the Next Generation

Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia

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Join us for a “next gen” interview with Emily Davis

CausePlanet subscribers: Join us for our CausePlanet author interview series with Emily Davis on June 14 at 1 p.m. CST.  “Fundraising and the Next Generation: Tools for Engaging the Next Generation of Philanthropists” is Davis’ new book that will have you re-examining your prospect profiles.

Generation Y (a.k.a. Millennials) represent the largest population since Boomers. Cultivating these young prospects now and long term as they mature and have more to give is a revenue game changer for fundraisers. What are you doing to address this burgeoning donor constituency? Bring your questions for Davis to the interview or submit them when you register.

We look forward to touching on the book’s highlights through your questions:

• Explore how your organization can better use the next generation of volunteers to support your mission.
• Gain insight into the motivations and opinions of “next-gen” donors to help expand your fundraising focus.
• Ask hard questions and integrate strategies that better serve your organization’s mission for long-term sustainability.
• Find out how to engage your staff and volunteers in conversations about fundraising across generations.

How do CausePlanet subscribers register? Log in at the CausePlanet home page and click on the red link in the subscriber announcements page. If you have a question for Davis, don’t forget to submit one in the registration form. Subscribers can also download our new Page to Practice summary of her book beforehand. Posting soon!

Emily Davis has been working in the nonprofit sector as an executive director, staff member, consultant, founder, board member, and volunteer for over 15 years. She currently serves as the President of EDA Consulting in addition to many board and advisory roles in Colorado as well as nationally. She trains and consults on a number of different areas including board development, online communications, multigenerational philanthropy, and fundraising. Her passion for effective leadership has garnered numerous awards and nominations. Emily received her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.

Here’s what a recent author interview attendee had to say:

“Another outstanding presentation! CausePlanet has done an excellent job bringing together the experts and the audience for a genuinely interactive event packed with useful information. The opportunity to present questions beforehand and also to pose them live during the webinar is a unique feature that would enliven any topic. Absolutely recommended.

Matt Mullenix, Vice President of Public Relations, LANO

See also:

Liquid Leadership

Working Across Generations

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