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Charity fundraiser

Charity fundraisers organise events and activities to encourage people to donate to organisations.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £60,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. Employers are usually more interested in your skills, experience, and commitment to working in the charity sector than in your formal qualifications. You’ll usually be expected to have one of the following:

  • voluntary or paid experience of working in a charity, especially in a fundraising role
  • related experience such as advertising, events or sales and finance

You could move into fundraising from other sectors like advertising, events or sales and finance.

A degree in a relevant subject like business, marketing, media or public relations can give you an advantage.

You could also work towards the Institute of Fundraising’s Introductory Certificate in Fundraising.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • presentation skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage others
  • excellent organisation skills
  • the ability to work under pressure
  • budget management skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll raise funds using methods like organising events, corporate fundraising, direct marketing and asking individuals to donate or leave money in their will.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • researching, developing and planning fundraising ideas
  • managing door-to-door and street collections
  • recruiting and training volunteers
  • keeping records and reporting performance
  • managing charity shops and online and mail order stores
  • controlling budgets and meeting targets
  • giving talks about your charity to the public
  • writing reports and press releases

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £23,000

Experienced: £24,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £60,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work 35 to 40 hours a week. Weekend and evening work is common.

You could be home or office-based.

You may be responsible for fundraising in a local area or larger region, and travel around the area to give presentations and attend meetings.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into charity management, or become a self-employed fundraising consultant.

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Last updated: 13 December 2016