Ending imposter syndrome

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For fundraising professionals, impostor syndrome may manifest as feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt when working with donors or on high-stakes projects; voluntarily taking on unachievable goals or, conversely, avoiding failure by evading new responsibilities or opportunities for career advancement; staying silent in staff meetings for fear that a self-perceived lack of knowledge or experience will label them as “frauds”; or downplaying their own success, attributing it instead to luck or efforts other than their own. The end result is that the fundraiser fails to progress and their team’s potential is stifled.

In a profession where turnover and burnout are high, it is crucial to address imposter syndrome to keep your staff thriving and advancing.

Who is it for?

Team leaders and anyone concerned they may even be experiencing imposter syndrome themselves!

Learning outcomes

  • Find out more about how imposter syndrome manifests and how to recognise it
  • Learn who it impacts and what it means for your team
  • Discover the five steps to ending imposter syndrome


Eva E. Aldrich, PhD, CAE, CFRE
President and CEO, CFRE International