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Top 50 Professional Fundraiser Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Professional Fundraiser. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Professional Fundraiser resumes they appeared on. For example, 13.3% of Professional Fundraiser resumes contained Charitable Donations as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Professional Fundraiser actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These Are The Most Important Skills For A Professional Fundraiser

1. Charitable Donations
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2. Alumni
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Here's how Alumni is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Contacted prominent alumni of the University of Idaho and facilitated the growth of many academic and athletic programs by collecting donations.
  • Worked alongside a team of professional fundraisers to contact Alumni in request of financial contributions for Florida State University.
  • Negotiated with alumni to ensure gifts for Florida International University.
  • Handled personal inquires or requests from alumni/family of alumni.
  • Acquire funds from alumni, parents of current students, and friends of the school to maintain the school's expenses.
  • Fostered positive and long- lasting relationships with alumni, parents, and friends a well as update demographic information.
  • Contacted school alumni and the parents of current students to ask for donations to the school.
  • Contacted alumni of Cleveland State University with the hopes of raising money for resources and scholarships.
  • Coordinated alumni network updates in Campus Call 3.7 to ensure accuracy of information.
  • Called alumni to raise funds for the various institutions in which they attended.
  • Secure commitments of participation or donation from Alumni of Western Illinois.
  • Consulted with hundreds of OSU Alumni about yearly donations.
  • Promote the school to Alumni who might have children.
  • Sparked school spirit in long lost alumni.
  • Managed and updated Alumni files and data.
  • Updated alumni information for school records.
  • Called alumni, patients, and residents of various organizations, to ask for donations for local hospitals and colleges .
  • Connected with Alumni of the college and learn more about their backstories.
  • Create lasting relationships with Alumni Steward fundraising efforts for the University
  • Reach out to alumni and parents to maintain strong relationships Gain skills in fundraising and communications Train and coach new employees

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3. Non-Profit Organization
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Here's how Non-Profit Organization is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Top performer, exceeding contribution metrics needed to increase sustainable revenue for contracted non-profit organizations.
  • Contacted potential donors via telephone to raise funds for non-profit organizations.
  • Raised funds for various political and non-profit organizations through phone solicitation.
  • Thanked individuals for supporting and giving money to various non-profit organizations.
  • Provided development guidance to support the work of non-profit organizations.
  • Called prospective donors and raised funds for various non-profit organizations.
  • Procured contributions for numerous non-profit organizations.
  • Collect funds for various non-profit organizations.
  • Worked on a team continually recruiting new monthly donors for charities and non-profit organizations by speaking directly to potential donors.
  • Communicated with various individuals during multiple phone calls per hour to raise money for various non-profit organizations.
  • Used telemarketing to raise funds for non-profit organizations to consistently meet $60 per hour goal
  • Motivate and facilitate supporters to maximize the funds raised for 100+ public, non-profit organizations.
  • Helped raise money for a non-profit organization which was being funded by D.A.R.E.
  • Handled up to 500 calls daily while educating the public of non-profit organizations.
  • Raised Money for Non-Profit Organizations including:.
  • Raise money for non-profit organizations, motivated supporters to maximize funds, developed strategy for supporter recruitments, formulated solutions
  • raised over fifty thousand dollars for non-profit organizations using these skills to the fullest.
  • Established a new fundraising office and team raising money for Non-Profit Organizations.
  • Raise charitable funds for a number of different non-profit organizations Renew memberships for alumni associations of many different universities.
  • Provide quality professional telephone fundraising skills for the Democratic Party and other non-profit organizations.

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4. Telephone Calls
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Here's how Telephone Calls is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Answer telephone calls from potential customers who have been solicited through advertisements.

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5. Donor Database
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Here's how Donor Database is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Build and maintained donor database; edit information, and track giving history.
  • Create or update donor databases.

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6. Customer Service
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Here's how Customer Service is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Provide customer service and inspire new supporters to donate in addition to developing and maintaining existing relationships.
  • Provided excellent customer service to customers.
  • Call center, customer service and collection accounts for outstanding business accounts for the Company.
  • Maintained keen customer service and sales acumen while upholding top production status.
  • Work for various Charities collecting donations as well as customer service.
  • Utilized skills of professionalism and customer service during sales calls.
  • Provide excellent customer service for warm and cold calls.
  • Exercised phenomenal customer service to all prospects and alumni of the university.
  • Telemarketer-Showed excellent customer service and relatability skills with the public.
  • Provide strong communication skills using multi-line phone system, and a variety of computer software programs for customer service.
  • Obtained efficient multi-tasking abilities, problem solving skills, listening skills and quality customer service.
  • Perform limited customer service during the course of the call.
  • Call Center- Customer Service Raised funding for the benefit of supporting the University of North Florida Coding phone calls

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7. Credit Card Transactions
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8. Phone Calls
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Here's how Phone Calls is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Worked through a VPN network to make thousands of phone calls remotely from the physical call center.
  • Place about 60 phone calls per day as well as research and enter new leads.
  • Make phone calls to donors to thank them for their continuous support.
  • Managed 500+ phone calls daily with high donation success rate.
  • Enter data in computer about donor and the phone calls.
  • Trained extensively on various donor situations with phone calls.
  • Make phone calls to donors to renew membership.
  • Make professional phone calls that require well developed conversation and communication skills to inspire alumni to donate to their Alma Mata.
  • Handle the processing of outbond phone calls throughout 40 states seeking willing contributors to help the fight against cancer.
  • Make phone calls, use pre approved scripts to raise money for non profit organizations.
  • Scheduled interviews - Initiated outbound phone calls to clients for contributions.

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9. Outbound Calls
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Here's how Outbound Calls is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Executed outbound calls to existing customer base resulting in 25% sales increase.
  • Completed daily outbound calls, up to 8 hours per day.
  • Placed outbound calls to obtain funds for various organizations.
  • Place outbound calls using computer system.
  • Placed a high volume of outbound calls on the behalf of Democratic and nonprofit organizations.

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10. Cold Calls
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Here's how Cold Calls is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Completed 250 daily cold calls, with an average customer commitment rate of 110%.
  • Completed daily cold calls, with an average customer conversion rate of 12%.
  • Worked with both cold calls and warm sales.
  • Pitch sales to companies or individuals Call on behalf of organizations Cold calls.

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11. Veterans
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Here's how Veterans is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Collect donations for American Veterans Relief Fund * Explain how the donations would benefit those affected
  • Perform for Veterans, Elderly, Autism, etc.
  • Received donations for Disabled Veterans, Disabled Police Officers, Missing children, Cancer victims, and The Blind.
  • Called on behalf of various organizations collecting donations to help disabled children, vietnam veterans, ect.

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12. Political Organizations
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Here's how Political Organizations is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Experienced professional fundraiser with 9 years working for non profit charities and progressive political organizations.
  • Procured donations from various non-profit & political organizations totaling over $75,000.
  • Call political supporters to raise funds for political organizations and candidates.
  • Called people on behalf of various political organizations to collect donations.
  • Call for non-profit and political organizations to raise money and awareness.
  • Led efforts to reach out potential donors to raise funds for several political organizations.
  • Raised funds for nonprofit and political organizations, raised $125,000.
  • Raised over $750,000 for various non-profits and political organizations.
  • Worked in call center to fundraise for progressive political organizations and charities
  • Contacted previous or potential contributors on behalf of nonprofits, PACs, and other political organizations to promote causes and solicit donations
  • Specialized in phone-based fundraising and database administration for political organizations: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

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13. Dare America
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Here's how Dare America is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Contracted by DARE America Duties included:Traveling to different cities to represent my Organization.

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14. Data Entry
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Here's how Data Entry is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Performed data entry to help keep records up to date and accurate.
  • Raised funds for various charities & civic organizations Responsible for verifying pledges & donations Data entry

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15. Cancer Patients
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16. Annual Fund
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Here's how Annual Fund is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Called Prospects from previous Membership Drives and Annual Funds on behalf of Non-Profit organizations to renew memberships and collect donations.
  • Worked in the office of development and alumni affairs raising money for Stockton University's annual fund.
  • Call alumni from prestigious universities to raise money for their current annual funds.
  • Achieved $8,000 in annual fund donations during first two months of employment.
  • Conducted calls regarding possible donations to the University of St. Thomas Annual Fund.
  • Call alumnus of colleges and ask for donations to annual funds.
  • Raised money for the University of Dayton annual fund.
  • Acquired over $10,000 for UAH's Annual Fund.
  • Grant proposal development Annual fund campaign created

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17. Charitable Organizations
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Here's how Charitable Organizations is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Utilized a strong call structure and multiple scripts to solicit funds for various political/charitable organizations.
  • Solicited donations on behalf of charitable organizations through placement of out-bound sales calls
  • Raise money for political campaigns and charitable organizations.
  • Acted as a consultant in connection with the solicitation of contributions for or on behalf of charitable organizations.
  • Job duties: Professional fundraiser making outbound calls for charitable organizations.

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18. Contact Information
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Here's how Contact Information is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Updated databases to record donor contact information.
  • Searched the Internet to identify the funding priorities and contact information of private philanthropic foundations.

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19. Previous Donors
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20. Olympics
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Here's how Olympics is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Collaborated with a set of team members to raise funds for non-profit organizations such as Special Olympics & Children's Wish Foundation
  • Helped to win over non-for-profit campaigns (The Nature Conservancy and Special Olympics) insuring company clientele for future business.
  • Raised money for various charitable programs such as, Easter Seals, Special Olympics, VFW, etc.
  • Call outbound to raise money for several charities MADD and also Special Olympics.
  • Raised over $4,000 toward the 2012 Summer Olympics alone!
  • Take donations for the Special Olympics.

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21. Political Campaigns
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Here's how Political Campaigns is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Raised over $1,000,000 for political campaigns and charities such as Food for the Poor.
  • Make phone calls to Republicans, Democrats etc to donate money for political campaigns.

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22. Basic Computer
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23. Sales Goals
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Here's how Sales Goals is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Help drive sales goals and achieve monthly quota figures.

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24. Firefighter
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Here's how Firefighter is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Raised funds for nonprofit law enforcement, firefighters, and memorial funds.
  • Collected donations for firefighters, police officers, and homeless War Veterans.

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25. Law Enforcement
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Here's how Law Enforcement is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Job experience and requirements included professional fundraising for Nebraska law enforcements and charities, making outbound cold calls and retention calls.
  • Job Description: Fundraiser for varied Law Enforcement groups including State Police, Sheriff's Office and Park Police Depts.

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26. Customer Information
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Here's how Customer Information is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Gathered and verified all required customer information for tracking purposes.
  • Obtained customer information and entered orders into computers.
  • Processed customer information utilizing the company software.
  • Obtain customer information such as name, address, and payment method, and enter orders into computers.
  • Updated customer information Collected payments over phone

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27. Habitat
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28. Parenthood
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29. Dccc
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Here's how Dccc is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Closed a donation of $10,000 for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
  • Raise money for Democratic organizations (DSCC DCCC HFA etc)
  • Better known as the DCCC, and DSCC.
  • Campaign Fundraising/Telemarketing Called on behalf of DSCC, DCCC, 21st Democrats, PPFA, LCV

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30. Personal Information
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Here's how Personal Information is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Contacted alumni to update/verify their personal information and raised money for the university through gifts from alumni and friends of the university
  • Take basic personal information and collect payment.

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31. Aspca
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Here's how Aspca is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Raised money for non-profit organizations (ASPCA, Children in Need)

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32. Democratic Party
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33. Potential Customers
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Here's how Potential Customers is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Obtain names and telephone numbers of potential customers from sources such as telephone directories and lists purchases from other organizations.
  • Read from scripts that described the charities in order to persuade potential customers to make a donation.
  • Conduct client or market surveys in order to obtain information about potential customers.

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34. Private Individuals
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Here's how Private Individuals is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Contacted private individuals by telephone in order to solicit sales to request donations for charitable causes.
  • Contacted businesses or private individuals by telephone in order to solicit sales for goods or services.

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35. Positive Attitude
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Here's how Positive Attitude is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Arrived on time and with a positive attitude to calling sessions.

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36. Sales Talks
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Here's how Sales Talks is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Delivered sales talks, persuaded customers to purchase a product, service, or to donate.

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37. People
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Here's how People is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Look for people who are willing to help children or families who are less fortunate in the developing countries.
  • People tend to feel more comfortable with those who they feel they can relate with.
  • Stop people face-to-face to tell a problem, solution, urgency, and close.
  • Talk to people over the phone using perseverance and persistence to overcome any objection.
  • Approach people in Center City Philadelphia to discuss the charity and its mission.
  • Recognized for being one of three people with the highest single donation amount.
  • Team Leaders -managing a staff of 10 to 12 people, to make sure there fundraising stats, reached company standards
  • Used communication techniques to reach out to many different types of people all over the United States.
  • Answered phones, cold called people to assist in fundraising for different non-profit organizatons.

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38. Credit Card Donations
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39. PBS
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Here's how PBS is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Provide outgoing calls for PBS Television exceeding campaign goals

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40. Update Records
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41. Current Events
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Here's how Current Events is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Informed donors/voters about important political information and current events.

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42. Charitable Causes
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Here's how Charitable Causes is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Facilitated 2 large scale fundraising events towards charitable causes and raised over $500.

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43. Different Organizations
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Here's how Different Organizations is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • United States professional fundraiser Maintained high call volume while demonstrating successful professional fundraising for different organizations that worked within Strategic Fundraising.

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44. Positive Relationships
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Here's how Positive Relationships is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Establish positive relationships with alumni, parents, and friends Raise money for funds supporting scholarships

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45. Computer System
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Here's how Computer System is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Act as a Team Leader to new callers; assisting in conversation performance, flow or computer systems coding.
  • Use a computer system to call on behalf of non-profit organizations and raise funds.
  • Take calls on a automatic computer system.

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46. Company Goals
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Here's how Company Goals is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Maintained quotas and company goals.

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47. Financial Support
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Here's how Financial Support is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Gained an understanding of UMBC, its organizational structure, and its annual needs for financial support.
  • Called prospective donors to request financial support and raise public awareness for client programs.
  • Secured long-term financial support from one time donors through cold calls.
  • Contacted alumni, donors, and friends of the university in an effort to garner financial support for Pepperdine University.

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48. Describe Products
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Here's how Describe Products is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Delivered prepared sales talks, reading from scripts that describe products or services.

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49. Institutional Updates
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Here's how Institutional Updates is used in Professional Fundraiser jobs:
  • Called Texas A&M alumni, provided institutional updates, stewarded fundraising efforts and updated contact information.

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50. Different Campaigns
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20 Most Common Skills For A Professional Fundraiser

Charitable Donations

16.5%

Alumni

13.3%

Non-Profit Organization

12.8%

Telephone Calls

7.1%

Donor Database

7.0%

Customer Service

6.9%

Credit Card Transactions

5.6%

Phone Calls

5.0%

Outbound Calls

4.1%

Cold Calls

2.5%

Veterans

2.3%

Political Organizations

2.3%

Dare America

2.1%

Data Entry

2.0%

Cancer Patients

1.9%

Annual Fund

1.9%

Charitable Organizations

1.7%

Contact Information

1.7%

Previous Donors

1.6%

Olympics

1.6%
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Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Professional Fundraiser

Rank Skill
1 Charitable Donations 13.3%
2 Alumni 10.7%
3 Non-Profit Organization 10.3%
4 Telephone Calls 5.7%
5 Donor Database 5.6%
6 Customer Service 5.6%
7 Credit Card Transactions 4.5%
8 Phone Calls 4.0%
9 Outbound Calls 3.3%
10 Cold Calls 2.0%
11 Veterans 1.8%
12 Political Organizations 1.8%
13 Dare America 1.7%
14 Data Entry 1.6%
15 Cancer Patients 1.5%
16 Annual Fund 1.5%
17 Charitable Organizations 1.4%
18 Contact Information 1.4%
19 Previous Donors 1.3%
20 Olympics 1.3%
21 Political Campaigns 1.3%
22 Basic Computer 1.2%
23 Sales Goals 1.2%
24 Firefighter 0.9%
25 Law Enforcement 0.8%
26 Customer Information 0.8%
27 Habitat 0.7%
28 Parenthood 0.7%
29 Dccc 0.7%
30 Personal Information 0.7%
31 Aspca 0.7%
32 Democratic Party 0.7%
33 Potential Customers 0.6%
34 Private Individuals 0.6%
35 Positive Attitude 0.6%
36 Sales Talks 0.6%
37 People 0.6%
38 Credit Card Donations 0.5%
39 PBS 0.5%
40 Update Records 0.5%
41 Current Events 0.5%
42 Charitable Causes 0.5%
43 Different Organizations 0.5%
44 Positive Relationships 0.5%
45 Computer System 0.5%
46 Company Goals 0.5%
47 Financial Support 0.5%
48 Describe Products 0.4%
49 Institutional Updates 0.4%
50 Different Campaigns 0.4%
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