No One Dreams of Being a Fundraiser is an inspirational, one-of-a-kind memoir that tells the story of Mitchell Linker’s harrowing and hilarious journey from aspiring rock star to nonprofit major gifts fundraiser.
Along the way, Linker reveals how he overcame his fear of asking for money by employing a unique fundraising philosophy rooted in honesty, authenticity, curiosity and empathy.
No One Dreams of Being a Fundraiser is, however, about more than fundraising.
It’s about what happens when you follow your heart with unwavering commitment only to have it lead you to a place of hopelessness and despair. It’s about making a life-pivot and finding fulfillment and satisfaction in something new and totally unexpected. In Linker’s case, it’s the intimidating yet exhilarating world of nonprofit major gifts fundraising.
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About the Author
Mitchell Linker has been working in development for fifteen years, primarily at private college preparatory institutions. Since 2008, Linker has also served as the volunteer Development Chair of Our Companions Animal Rescue, an animal welfare organization founded by his wife Susan. Together, they have grown Our Companions Animal Rescue into a multi-million dollar domestic animal sanctuary, the only one of its kind in New England.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Dream
Part 2: Transition
Part 3: Education
Part 4: Experience and Experiences
Part 5: Explorations