Public Outreach

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Challenging but Rewarding Work at a Difficult Organization

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Fundraiser
Current Employee - Fundraiser

I have been working at Public Outreach full-time (more than a year)

Pros

- Generally supportive environment
- Consultancy works for some of the leading NGOs and charities in the world
- Informal atmosphere
- Good opportunities to travel around the country and rapid advancement for top performers
- Evaluation techniques are very objective and evaluation process is transparent
- The initial training is great
- The organization lives by its values of being "honest, respectful and effective" -- if you ever wanted to try being a canvasser, this is the place to do it.
- In many ways working for PO is a lifestyle, not just a job

Cons

- If you are struggling at the beginning as a fundraiser, you will be gone very quickly (be aware of this if you are leaving a current job to work for PO)
- You are evaluated by the day and in many cases hour; this can create a great deal of pressure for some types of people
- Management can be dogmatic at times in applying its methods and has an anti-intellectual streak (it's best not to ask 'why')
- Not a particularity innovative organization
- Organization relies on the good intentions of its fundraisers and their passion for client causes a bit too much when making controversial decisions
- Continuing education and advanced training is weak and most that is offered is a waste of time
- In many ways working for PO is a lifestyle, not just a job

Advice to ManagementAdvice

PO has enjoyed great successes, but to continue to be successful, new methods need to be looked into. Can we become smarter fundraisers and do our job better?

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    Hard work, Rewarding Personal Growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Fundraiser in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Public Fundraiser in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Public Outreach full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    PO represents a number of awesome charities. Fundraisers work door-to-door, street or mall depending on the campaign. Coworkers are typically young, energetic, enthusiastic, idealistic and fun. It's good ground floor training for any sort of sales and if you stick at it, you will become very comfortable talking to all sorts of people. And that's a good thing.

    Cons

    It's very challenging to meet weekly "sales" quotas. Random one-time donations are not the point, what PO and their clients want are ongoing monthly donations and you have to sign up a certain amount per week.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Public Outreach full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Note: i was working as an IT Specialist in the office. Not as a canvasser.
    Great office culture (casual, friendly)
    Felt like my superiors actually cared
    Got to learn a lot
    Enjoyed work!

    Cons

    Lower pay than other companies

    Recommends
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