Aug 30

Eric Durham: Fund Development

Seven Questions with a Spartan

BS in Business Administration and BA in Music, 2011
Current job: Senior Development Manager, JDRF

What do you love most about your job?

Creatively brainstorming ways to engage with our corporate partners to find solutions that work best for their company, while also providing an impact on promising Type 1 Diabetes research.  

What’s exciting about the future of your industry/position?

There’s no shortage of people who want to help drive JDRF’s mission forward.  Whether our volunteers are giving their time, helping to raise awareness and funds, or personally giving, if there is a need our organization has, there’s a person out there who is a good fit to help partner with JDRF. 

What do you personally find most challenging as a professional?

 Finding enough time in the day to juggle both professional and personal commitments.

What is something you did (or wish you had done) in college to prepare for this position? 

I would’ve taken classes that complement a profession in nonprofit management (hint: UNCG offers a Nonprofit Management Certificate!)

What additional trainings, certifications, professional organization members, etc. have helped you professionally?

I’m an active participant and Board member in AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals), where hundreds of nonprofit fundraisers in the Triad meet once a month to share best practices, learn from expert speakers, and hear panels with relevant content specific to nonprofit fundraising.

What should students interested in entering your field know?

Working for a cause you’re passionate about is extremely rewarding.  Seeing the impact that you create through your work through helping others is very fulfilling.  

What resources – books, blogs, websites, podcasts, etc. – would you recommend for someone interested in your field or in a position like yours? 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

For the past five years, Eric has participated in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. Last year, the 100-mile endurance event started in La Cross, WI. Eric was one of over 700 cyclists who gathered to raise over $2 million for T1 diabetes research.