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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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Hispanic or Latino9.9%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix15.0%
New York University6.1%
Michigan State University5.5%
University of Texas at Austin5.0%
Pennsylvania State University4.6%
University of Florida4.5%
Florida State University4.5%
University of Central Florida4.1%
University of Houston3.8%
Southern New Hampshire University3.8%
University of Massachusetts Amherst3.8%
University of Oregon3.8%
University of Iowa3.6%
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|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|
|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|
|Software Developer/Coordinator||Luxoft USA Inc.||Stamford, CT||Jul 24, 2015||$88,213|
|Onsite Lead Development Coordinator||IBM India Private Limited||Florham Park, NJ||Jan 04, 2016||$86,807|
|Landed Development Coordinator||IBM India Private Limited||Indianapolis, IN||Jun 21, 2013||$75,554|
|Onsite Development Coordinator||IBM India Private Limited||Mounds View, MN||Jun 21, 2016||$74,825|
|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|
|Program Developer and Coordinator||AEM-USA Foundation||Dallas, TX||Jun 09, 2016||$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|
|International Development Coordinator||Magteec Investment Company||San Gabriel, CA||Oct 30, 2014||$58,989|
|Application Developer and Coordinator||IBM India Private Ltd||Roanoke, VA||May 22, 2014||$58,926|
|Curriculum Development Coordinator||Roboterra, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 30, 2015||$58,436 -
|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|
|Instructor/Development Coordinator||Loma Linda University||Loma Linda, CA||Jan 27, 2015||$54,475|
|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|
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