The person in charge of a non-profit's fundraising efforts is typically a fundraising manager. This person must work in a variety of roles to help secure funding and create new initiatives to help bring in money. The fundraising manager position requires a great deal of personal interaction between the manager and the individuals or corporate entities being solicited for financial assistance. The manager must possess a clear idea of the mission of the non-profit group and fully understand its goals and processes, and they must present these concepts to those being solicited.
Typical responsibilities of a fundraising manager at a non-profit include overseeing special fundraising events, generating marketing and publicity related to these events, and encouraging volunteer participation that generates money through the solicitation of sponsorships. Fundraising managers also solicit donations from private enterprises that may use such donations for tax purposes and/or creating a positive social responsibility profile; these donations may take the form of money or as donated goods or services that the fundraising manager can use for events such as silent auctions. Additionally, fundraising managers may help their organization to secure public funding.
Fundraising managers' hours vary depending on the needs of their organization, and this may be a part-time or full-time position. It may also be a volunteer position. In the case of paid work as a fundraising manager, an organization will typically prefer to hire someone with a strong business networking background and an ability to organize a variety of money-generating approaches.
Fundraising Manager Tasks
Manages the identification and cultivation of potential donors.
Oversees press releases and announcements necessary for event success.
Recruits and trains volunteers for events.
Manages the development of projects that attract funding.