Valerie Johnson, Author at Generocity Philly

Valerie Johnson

Valerie Johnson, MBA, CFRE, joined Pathways to Housing PA as director of institutional advancement in 2018. Prior to that, Valerie also worked as a fundraiser for Council for Relationships, Valley Youth House and the American Association for Cancer Research. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2012, Valerie now serves on its board of directors and co-chairs the program committee. Valerie studied marketing at Drexel University and is finally starting to come to terms with the fact that she's going to have to stop calling herself a young professional soon.

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#ProTip: Stop saying you want to give back column

Aug. 13, 2019 1:12 pm

#ProTip: Stop saying you want to give back

No cookie for you if you utter that line during an interview, says columnist Valerie Johnson. Here's why.
These 5 aspects make a good workplace — and they all point to leadership column

Jul. 24, 2019 8:44 am

These 5 aspects make a good workplace — and they all point to leadership

Columnist Valerie Johnson says, "It’s true that people leave bosses, not jobs. And often, they’re leaving a boss that didn’t share their values."
How to decide which organization gets your money column

Jun. 14, 2019 7:34 am

How to decide which organization gets your money

Columnist Valerie Johnson outlines how to get "a good read on who is doing good work, who is using donations responsibly, and who is really meeting their mission."
Do fundraisers have privileged solutions and strategies? column

May 2, 2019 4:36 pm

Do fundraisers have privileged solutions and strategies?

They are taught best practices that cater to the privileged, says columnist Valerie Johnson, but they can change them.
Fundraisers, do you have a hard time asking for help? column

Apr. 15, 2019 11:46 am

Fundraisers, do you have a hard time asking for help?

Columnist Valerie Johnson says if you’re doing it right, the ask should be the easiest part of a fundraiser's job.
Beware that your relationship with donors isn’t sabotaged by unconscious bias column

Mar. 7, 2019 2:04 pm

Beware that your relationship with donors isn’t sabotaged by unconscious bias

A recent Twitterstorm from Stephen King was a useful reminder for fundraisers: Do not make assumptions based on binary gender stereotypes. Full stop.
So, you got the job interview. Here’s how to impress your potential future boss column

Feb. 4, 2019 9:17 am

So, you got the job interview. Here’s how to impress your potential future boss

Your cover letter rocked and you're on the next step toward employment bliss. Follow these tips from recent nonprofit hiring manager Valerie Johnson to finish strong.
Please (please, please) don’t do this when applying for nonprofit jobs column

Jan. 28, 2019 9:32 am

Please (please, please) don’t do this when applying for nonprofit jobs

Or any jobs, really: Development pro and recent hiring manager Valerie Johnson dishes on her work applicant pet peeves.
Can we stop with the voting contests deciding where nonprofit funding should go? column

Jan. 2, 2019 7:30 am

Can we stop with the voting contests deciding where nonprofit funding should go?

Who is best served by the $5,000 or $10,000 up for grabs? Probably the org offering it, writes columnist and development pro Valerie Johnson.
PSA: Good fundraisers don’t always make good managers column

Nov. 27, 2018 10:30 am

PSA: Good fundraisers don’t always make good managers

Ever heard of the Peter principle? Columnist Valerie Johnson offers some hiring tips for nonprofit development teams.

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