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Charities fundraisers are responsible for raising money by encouraging donations from individuals and businesses.
Charities fundraisers must have excellent sales and negotiation skills.

What does a charities fundraiser do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Fundraising posts within charities and other organisations are usually paid rather than voluntary and may offer a range of benefits such as performance-based pay and a car allowance. Typical responsibilities include:

  • organising and helping with traditional fundraising activities such as sponsored or promotional events, raffles, house-to-house and street collections
  • recruiting and coordinating the work of volunteers
  • approaching individuals, schools, universities, local authorities, shops and commercial organisations for sponsorship and donations
  • developing new fundraising ideas and events

Fundraising for a charity can be an immensely satisfying job. It is particularly well-suited to those who are looking for flexible or family-friendly work.

Typical employers for charity fundraisers

Vacancies are advertised by careers services, in newspapers, in Community Care and in specialist charity sector publications such as Charity Times and Third Sector. It is advisable to make speculative applications and you may find useful information in the Voluntary Agencies Directory and Charities Digest. Local charities and volunteer bureaux can often provide work experience placements.

Qualifications and training required

There are routes into becoming a charities fundraiser for both graduates and school leavers.

For graduates, any degree is acceptable for entry into the profession. However, qualifications in the following subjects may be particularly helpful:

  • finance
  • business studies
  • management
  • marketing
  • public relations

For school leavers, a HND qualification may be beneficial, but employers generally value relevant skills and work experience more highly than academic qualifications.

To find out about other careers in charity that you can get into via a school leaver route (eg an apprenticeship or school leaver programme) see the public sector section of TARGETcareers, our website aimed at school leavers.

Key skills for charities fundraisers

  • Sales and negotiation abilities
  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Good organisation
  • Administrative skills
  • Resourcefulness
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective problem solving

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