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Fundraisers

Also called: Development Director; Direct Response Consultant; Director of Development; Executive Director of Development, Gift Planning

What they do:
Organize activities to raise funds or otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for an organization. May design and produce promotional materials. May also raise awareness of the organization's work, goals, and financial needs.
On the job, you would:
  • Identify and build relationships with potential donors.
  • Write and send letters of thanks to donors.
  • Secure commitments of participation or donation from individuals or corporate donors.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Communications
  • multimedia

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
Social
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Blackbaud CRM
  • SofterWare DonorPerfect
Data base user interface and query software
  • Foundatino Directory Online (FDO)
  • Structured query language SQL
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$51,580
per year, on average
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