Charity fundraisers are responsible for raising money, they will do this in various ways from organising events and activities to encouraging donations from businesses and individuals. They will constantly have to think of new fund raising ideas as well as using the traditional methods and will need excellent communication skills to enable them to forge positive relationships with supporters and to help raise the awareness of the charity's work, aims and goals.
There are routes into this role for both school leavers and graduates.
For graduates a degree in any of the following subjects would be helpful although any degree may be acceptable. You will usually require 2 or 3 A levels for a degree.
- media and communications
- public relations
- business studies
For school leavers an HND qualification may be beneficial but employers will often value communication skills and work experience more highly than academic qualifications
You could do a social media and digital marketing higher apprenticeship, which could help you get into online fundraising.
Entry requirements for the apprenticeship will usually be:
4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship
Career path and progression
You could work towards a professional qualification from the Institute of Fundraising.
With experience, you could move into charity management, or become a self-employed fundraising consultant.
- Excellent communication skills
- Persistence and determination
- Good customer service skills
- The ability to use you own initiative
- Creativity to think of new ideas
- Attention to detail
- Good organisational skills
- Good sales abilities
- Sensitivity and understanding
£20,000 to £60,000