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Working As A Development Coordinator

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Getting Information
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $62,334

    Average Salary

What Does A Development Coordinator Do

Fundraisers organize events and campaigns to raise money and other donations for an organization. They may design promotional materials and increase awareness of an organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.

Duties

Fundraisers typically do the following:

  • Research prospective donors
  • Create a strong fundraising message that appeals to potential donors
  • Identify and contact potential donors
  • Use online platforms, such as crowdsourcing, to raise donations
  • Organize a campaign or event to solicit donations
  • Maintain records of donor information
  • Evaluate the success of previous fundraising events
  • Train volunteers in fundraising procedures and practices
  • Ensure that all legal reporting requirements are satisfied

Fundraisers plan and oversee campaigns and events to raise money and other kinds of donations for an organization. They ensure that campaigns are effective by researching potential donors ahead of time and examining records of those who have given in the past. Many of the organizations that employ fundraisers rely heavily on donations to run their operations.

Many states require “charitable soliciting organizations” to register with a state agency. The National Association of State Charity Officials provides advice to charities, as well as links to each state’s charity office. Professional fundraisers who work as private consultants need to register with the state in which they do business. Fundraisers who work for an organization that engages in fundraising activity will not have to register individually as long as their organization is already registered.

Fundraisers who work for political campaigns must be knowledgeable about campaign finance laws, such as the contribution limits of an individual giving to a specific candidate. More information on federal campaign finance laws can be found at the Federal Election Commission. State laws can be found at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The following are examples of types of fundraisers:

Major-gifts fundraisers specialize in face-to-face interaction with donors who can give large amounts.

Planned-giving fundraisers solicit donations from those who are looking to pledge money at a future date or in installments over time. These fundraisers must have specialized training in taxes regarding gifts of stocks, bonds, charitable annuities, and real estate bequests in a will.

Direct-mailing fundraisers send out requests for donations to large numbers of people through the mail, over the phone, and online.

Events fundraisers obtain donations through charity events, including dinners, auctions, galas, and charity races such as 10Ks.

Annual campaign fundraisers solicit donations once a year for their organization. Many nonprofit organizations have annual giving campaigns.

Capital campaign fundraisers raise money for a specific project, such as the construction of a new building at a university. Capital campaigns also raise money for renovations and the creation or expansion of an endowment.

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How To Become A Development Coordinator

Fundraisers typically need a bachelor’s degree and strong communication and organizational skills. Employers generally prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.

Education

Fundraisers have a variety of academic backgrounds. However, some employers prefer candidates with bachelor’s degrees in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business, but degrees in other subjects also may be acceptable.

Several schools offer master’s degree programs in philanthropic studies or fundraising. Requirements for entering these programs generally are based on work or volunteer experience at a nonprofit or grantmaking foundation. Students may take courses in annual campaigns, planned giving, major gifts, grant proposals, and marketing.

In addition to taking relevant coursework, students can gain experience by volunteering at local charities or participating in student-led organizations.

Other Experience

Internships and previous work experience are important in obtaining a paid position as a fundraiser. Many fundraising campaigns rely on volunteers having face-to-face or over-the-phone interaction with potential donors. It is important that the fundraiser who organizes the campaign have experience with this type of work.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is voluntary, but fundraisers may obtain it to demonstrate a level of professional competency. CFRE International offers the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation for fundraisers. Candidates are required to have 5 years of work experience in fundraising, as well as 80 hours of continuing education through attendance at conferences and classroom instruction. To keep their certification valid, fundraisers must apply for renewal every 3 years.

Advancement

Fundraisers can advance to fundraising manager positions. However, some manager positions may require a master’s degree, in addition to years of work experience as a fundraiser.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Fundraisers need strong communication skills to clearly explain the message and goals of their organization so that people will make donations.

Detail oriented. Fundraisers must be detail oriented because they deal with large volumes of data, including lists of people’s names and phone numbers, and must comply with state and federal regulations. Failing to do so may result in penalties.

Leadership. Many fundraisers manage large teams of volunteers and must be able to lead them without having the usual incentive of pay at their disposal.

Organizational skills. Fundraisers manage large campaigns and events. They must have strong planning and organizational skills in order to succeed.

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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Internship 13.7%
Volunteer 4.3%
Teacher 4.1%
Assistant 3.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.0%
Director 5.0%
Internship 4.7%
Manager 4.7%
Owner 3.8%
Teacher 3.5%

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Development Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

69.1%

Male

28.9%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.7%

French

15.6%

German

3.8%

Italian

3.2%

Mandarin

3.0%

Chinese

2.6%

Arabic

2.4%

Hindi

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Russian

2.0%

Hebrew

1.8%

Korean

1.6%

Portuguese

1.4%

Urdu

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Gujarati

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Finnish

0.6%
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Development Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.4%

New York University

7.1%

Northeastern University

6.0%

Michigan State University

5.3%

Capella University

4.8%

DePaul University

4.8%

Boston University

4.5%

University of Florida

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.3%

Syracuse University

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

University of Oregon

4.1%

Iowa State University

4.1%

American University

3.8%

University of Iowa

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

West Virginia University

3.6%

Florida State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

24.4%

Communication

10.2%

Marketing

6.8%

Management

5.9%

Psychology

5.8%

Political Science

4.3%

Human Resources Management

3.9%

English

3.9%

Public Relations

3.9%

Education

3.5%

Sociology

3.5%

Social Work

3.1%

Public Administration

3.0%

Educational Leadership

2.9%

Nursing

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

History

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Journalism

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.2%

Masters

29.4%

Other

13.1%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

3.1%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Development Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Learning & Development Growth Coordinator Alphasights Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2014 $171,134
Development Coordinator Archerpoint, Inc. Lawrenceville, GA Apr 21, 2016 $112,632
Software Development Coordinator Data Meaning Services Group Vienna, VA Dec 14, 2016 $107,536
Application Development Coordinator Duck Creek Technologies LLC Hillsborough, NJ Jan 12, 2016 $102,500
SAP Abap Senior Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Hercules, CA May 12, 2014 $96,732
Onsite Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Hercules, CA Sep 03, 2014 $96,732
Onsite Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Hercules, CA Oct 01, 2015 $96,732
Performance Development Coordinator Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Odessa, TX Nov 20, 2015 $96,000
Development Coordinator Archerpoint, Inc. Lawrenceville, GA Sep 21, 2015 $95,000
Systems Development Coordinator Medical Mutual of Ohio Beachwood, OH Oct 04, 2015 $94,827
Onsite Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Hercules, CA Oct 01, 2015 $92,527
Development Coordinator Gale International LLC Cambridge, MA Jan 04, 2015 $86,798
Onsite Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Hercules, CA Sep 03, 2014 $86,732
Aquarius Software Development Lifecycle Coordinato Terarecon, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 30, 2013 $74,338
Abap Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Florham Park, NJ Sep 09, 2013 $74,288
Grading Development Coordinator Gemological Institute of America, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Jul 07, 2015 $73,382
Supplier Development Coordinator Mahle Powertrain, LLC Farmington Hills, MI Apr 07, 2014 $73,000
Abap Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Florham Park, NJ Sep 09, 2013 $72,488
Landed Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Indianapolis, IN Jan 18, 2013 $72,406
Onsite Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Melville, NY Sep 19, 2013 $71,432 -
$74,428
Development Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Bridgewater, NJ Aug 07, 2015 $70,985
International Development Coordinator Magteec Investment Company San Gabriel, CA Oct 30, 2014 $58,989
Curriculum Development Coordinator Roboterra, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 30, 2015 $58,436 -
$73,045
Development Coordinator The Pantheon Institute, LLC Eagleville, PA Oct 15, 2016 $58,165
Housing Development Coordinator Hanac Inc. New York, NY Oct 09, 2016 $55,827
Embedded Software Development Coordinator KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Iselin, NJ Sep 24, 2013 $55,290
Film Development Coordinator Amazon Corporate LLC Santa Monica, CA May 11, 2015 $53,177
Development Coordinator Sejong Alabama LLC Fort Deposit, AL Aug 01, 2016 $53,000
Coordinator, Research Analytic Development Caremark, LLC Northbrook, IL Sep 02, 2015 $52,666 -
$117,975

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  1. Donor Database
  2. Data Entry
  3. Company Website
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  • Gained proficiency in Gift Works Donor Database and Customer Relations Management software to collect overall agency data.
  • Performed data entry and data retrieval from department database.
  • Managed printed and web-based communications including updating company website and social media outlets.
  • Organized and supervised corporate activities: Christmas parties, special events and socialized within resource-limited communities.
  • Managed correspondence, proposals, reports, financial statements, presentations, phone requests, invoices, and collections.

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