A director of fundraising for a non-profit organization comes up with plans to gain funds in order to carry out the mission of the NPO and keep it running. The director of fundraising should create an overall fundraising plan that details how funds will be raised for the coming months or years. There may be fundraising goals that the director needs to achieve, and this will be a measurement of success.
The director will be in charge of executing marketing duties, such as creating advertising and promotional materials and carrying out events. The director of fundraising may also be in charge of researching, finding, and contacting donors in order to gain donations. Marketing skills are also important in order to appeal to individuals and organizations that will make donations. The director may also have to write proposals to businesses in order to offer them benefits in exchange for their donation. The director of fundraising should maintain a professional but friendly relationship with donors. The ability to carry out metrics and analyses of past fundraising results is essential. Report making skills are also important in order to document the results and present them to management.
The director of fundraising may have to carry out multiple fundraising projects simultaneously; therefore, multitasking skills are important. Since non-profit organizations involve volunteer work, the director of fundraising may also be in charge of carrying out training for these volunteers at events and in daily operations. This may be a management position. Therefore, past leadership skills, along with fundraising proficiency, may have to be proven. This position usually requires at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and years of experience.
Fundraising Director, Non-Profit Organization Tasks
- Manages the staff and budget to achieve fundraising goals.
- Directs the day-to-day activities of the fundraising staff.
- Oversees the selection and training of volunteers.
- Oversees the solicitation and stewardship programs.