September 15, 2012

I was talking with Jody of Massachusetts the other day. She’s a chief development officer. We were talking about the responsibility and obligation of the development office to ensure proper treatment of donors, fulfillment of the donor’s intent, ethics, and legal and regulatory compliance.

Jody said, “The director of development is the compliance officer for all things related to donors and fundraising.” I never used quite that phrase. I love it! Thank you, Jody.

Hey, all you development officers: Are you serving as your organization’s compliance officer? Hey, all you executive directors: Do you respect your development officer’s role as compliance officer?

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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