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Fundraising Institute Australia has developed four pillars to address professional development challenges in the nonprofit sector

As we embark on a new year, it’s worth considering your own career and profession. Dorie Clark writes in the Harvard Business Review, “To successfully move to the next level, we need to ask ourselves: How can I ensure I’m more valuable at the end of the year than I was at the beginning?”

She outlines a straightforward approach for continuing professional development, a way to plan and execute by thinking about three types of goals: learning goals, connecting goals and creating goals.  

For learning goals, the objective is to identify the gaps in your current knowledge and experience and how to close those gaps — through courses, independent reading, or listening to podcasts, for example. Connecting goals is about looking at your key relationships — both from a power perspective and a supporter perspective, and articulating one or two areas to improve these relationships. And finally, creative goals. Though most of us think of professional education and development as somewhat passive,…
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