Charity fundraising managers organise fundraising events and other activities, and secure funds in other ways to help a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Many work for just one charity, whilst others are freelance consultants who are hired by charities as they are needed.
The work carried out by a fundraising manager varies with each organisation depending on their needs. Fundraising can include organising large-scale events, such as a charity ball or flag day, or smaller operations such as a sponsored walk. Managers also work with businesses in order to secure corporate sponsorship. A major part of their work is to prepare bids and applications for funding from trusts, lotteries etc.
Charity fundraising managers have good communication skills; they are organised, persuasive and are able to work well under pressure.
What it takes
What it takes:
Skills and knowledge you'll need
- persistence, determination and able to work under pressure
- the ability to work well with others
- persuading skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to sell products and services
- administration skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- knowledge of how organisations operate
- organisational skills
Day to day
Day to day:
Your work may involve
- researching, developing and planning fundraising activities and events
- writing bids to secure funds
- managing door-to-door and street collections
- recruiting and training fundraising 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
You could work in an office or at events.