Donorworx is a full-service face-to-face fundraising agency that takes pride in growing non-profit organizations monthly donor database with engaged and passionate donors who will stick around for the long term.
What makes donorworx special?
Quite simply the extraordinary people who join the donorworx community. Donorworx is made up of a vibrant group of people, living their lives with purpose, and using their talents to make the world a better place.
If your thinking of a new career read on to find out what its like to work for donorworx.
Charity Careers Canada: Hi Emily, Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience with donorworx?
Emily: Well, I have been working with donorworx for almost a year now and I am currently a Campaign Leader. I started on the Grocery team and then moved to retail to climb the leadership ladder and eventually became a full time campaign leader. I work mostly out of Milton, this has allowed me to travel most of southwestern Ontario representing charities that have high profiles nationally and internationally and that I care about. We work towards support for monthly giving programs which can focus on international development, poverty alleviation, healthcare and children. Knowing the organization we are representing is important. I have found working in a retail setting very rewarding as often people are very approachable and friendly.
CCC: Can you describe the logistics and organization structure of donorworx for those who want to know more?
Emily: Well there are different teams to be a part of, for example door to door, street fundraisers, grocery or retail. All do a specific job in a specific targeted location, for example my team works as a retail team in a mall. All the teams are great teams to be on and it is very situational as some people have preferences and sometimes you can be needed on a different team. donorworx is very flexible as each team has different time commitments.
Leadership is an integral part of donorworx’s structure, after 4 months I was promoted to Campaign Manager. This allowed me to receive more training and excellent leadership opportunities throughout donorworx and it is a very supportive organization to work for as they always help us to reach our full potential.
CCC: Can you describe a day in the life at donorworx?
Emily: The morning starts by opening and setting up the booth and preparing for the day ahead. Being in a good mood and being ready to engage with people is key. The goal: is to obtain a yes while you’re on the job while working with other friendly and fun people. At the end of the day we close the booth and that’s it.
CCC: Can you tell us about the role and responsibilities of a Campaign Leader?
Emily: As a Campaign Leader my role is to manage retail campaigns and constantly manage and develop my team of fundraisers.
CCC: How has working with a team and managing a team been beneficial to you?
Emily: Well each campaign leader is extremely different and so every team member gets a personalized and individualized experience. I had a great manager at the start that inspired me and asked me tough questions to pursue the “yes” while fundraising. Innovation and leadership are integral to teamwork at donorworx and we are constantly learning to grow and approach leadership and fundraising in creative ways.
CCC: Emily do you have any tips for success as a campaign leader?
Emily: Asking questions is probably my biggest piece of advice. Always ask the fundraisers how can I help you? Always being willing to learn as well, never be afraid to develop your own skills and learn from other campaign leaders what has worked for them. Lastly, have fun!
CCC: Can you name a few favourite parts of your job?
Emily: Honestly, the company as a whole and the team environment are probably my favourite parts of my job, every day is different and we can do better as well as it can be hard but our teams are always so encouraging and constantly motivating which makes it easier. To advocate with like-minded people who are just as enthusiastic to make a positive difference is a work environment.
CCC: Was there any experience that you felt benefited you in your role at donorworx?
Emily: I went to school for human right in Ottawa and donorworx has helped me further my passion as well as further my potential career interests as many of the organizations we work with aligned with my passion for human rights and international development. donorwox has let me better understand different niches of advocacy and international development that I was not exposed to before.
CCC: What have been your biggest learning’s and takeaways while working at donorworx?
Emily: When I first started and moved into retail I had a hard time trying to inspire people to get involved. I realized with the help of my manager at the time that I was assuming the no when I should have been more optimistic for the yes. Assuming the yes while in fundraising is important! Why wouldn’t somebody want to get involved and support a worthy cause? Lastly, I have learned to say yes to as many opportunities that come your way!
CCC: Our last question Emily, what is your why?
Emily: Find something that you’re passionate about! Know why you wake up every morning and what motivates you. Understand what those passions are use them to be your motivations. donorworx is an organizations that supports these values and wants to help you succeed by providing you with opportunities and benefits as you progress. donorworx has done a great job at having “lives changed” celebrations and milestones which help us celebrate our accomplishments within the organization.
have been your biggest learning’s and takeaways while working at donorworx?
When I first started and moved into retail I had a hard time trying to inspire people to get involved. I realized with the help of my manager at the time that I was assuming the no when I should have been more optimistic for the yes. Assuming the yes while in fundraising is important! Why wouldn’t somebody want to get involved and support a worthy cause? Lastly, I have learned to say yes to as many opportunities that come your way!
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