How to become Charity Fundraising Manager
What does a Charity Fundraising Manager do?
Charity fundraising managers are responsible for
managing all the various systems of raising money for
their charity, and for managing other fundraising staff
and volunteers. Activities are wide-ranging and include:
- direct marketing - working with advertisers to
target advertising campaigns, devise appropriate
adverts and analyse the success of the campaign; they
may use a variety of media to contact donors
- corporate fundraising - building relationships with
companies to find ways of raising money, such as
donations by customers or staff, or getting company
- work with donors - high-level donors are
kept up-to-date with the charity's performance and are
invited to functions and receptions; many charities
develop long-term relationships with donors through
membership schemes which managers
- regional fundraising activities - organising
events or managing volunteers running the
- trading - this includes charity shops and mail
order; managers may be responsible for finding and
buying products, organising catalogues and order
- special events - balls, galas and first
nights; managers book theatres, liaise with advertising
agencies, send invitations, organise sponsorship and
liaise with the press
- raising awareness - giving talks
to groups of people and attending social functions;
promoting the idea of giving to charities by legacy is
another growth area.
In large charities,
fundraising managers may specialise in one or more of
these functions; in small organisations they may carry
out all of these tasks.
What's the working environment like working as a Charity Fundraising Manager?
Hours vary from 40 to 48 hours a week depending on
location. Weekend and evening work is common.
Some managers are office-based, although there is
some time spent away from the office working from
home, travelling to visit companies or attending
meetings. There may be short stays away from home.
A driving licence is often needed.
What does it take to become a Charity Fundraising Manager?
To be a charity fundraising manager, you should
- excellent interpersonal skills
written and spoken communication skills
- presentation skills - to give talks to groups of
- persuasive ability, management and
- negotiating skills and the ability to
- creativity and imagination
- organisational abilities
- the ability to
manageme accounts and budgets and to meet financial
- drive and enthusiasm and a strong
commitment to your charity’s cause.
Charity Fundraising Manager Career Opportunities
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