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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.


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


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
  • 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


  • 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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Microsoft Dynamics Hot Technology
  • SofterWare DonorPerfect
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software Hot Technology
  • Structured query language SQL Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology


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

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