A fundraiser can be employed by many types of companies, including fundraising companies that are contracting work from other organizations and non-profits and healthcare organizations.
Depending on the responsibilities of the job, some companies will not require any previous experience or education, while others may be looking for a bachelor's degree in business or communications and up to 2-3 years of previous experience. The fundraiser can work in a large variety of environments, such as outdoors in natural areas or indoors in various facilities such as hotels and hospitals. There can be a bit of light travel involved with the position. It is also possible that the fundraiser may need to lift heavy objects from time to time.
The main responsibility of the fundraiser is to raise awareness and spread the word to the public about the organization that the fundraiser is representing. This can be achieved through engaging with the public in an outdoor environment, visiting healthcare facilities, or being at public events. The fundraiser will be tasked with executing and carrying out business plans and helping to create fundraising opportunities. The fundraiser will need excellent communication skills, as they will be looking for ways to raise money and other forms of support for the organization they are backing. They may need to give presentations, meet with clients, and be able to train and recruit volunteers or other coordinators as needed. The fundraiser will usually report to a supervisor or director and will need to keep a fiscal record.
Assists in the management of special events.
Trains, supervises, and coaches volunteers.
Develops and plans key fundraising activities.
Receives pledges and funds from donors.