Your First Year as Chief Advancement Officer: An Infographic Summary

Are you stepping up to a first-time role as a chief advancement officer—vice president, dean, executive director, or director of a fundraising program—in the new year? Or planning to ascend to a CAO role sometime in the future? If so, here are some quick insights, advice and admonitions about the increased responsibilities, new challenges, heightened expectations, pitfalls, competing priorities and potential rewards that you may face during your first year in this important new role. It really can be a three-ring circus–but it can also be a lot of fun!

First Year as CAO Circus Theme

Want to talk more about what it takes to be a successful chief advancement officer? Contact Bentz Whaley Flesser’s TalentED team at or (800) 921-0111. And continue to receive additional insights about building your career and achieving your full potential by following this blog.


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