Organise events and activities to encourage people to donate to causes and organisations.

What does a charity fundraiser do?

You could:

  • research, develop and plan fundraising ideas
  • manage door-to-door and street collections
  • recruit and train volunteers
  • keep records and report performance
  • manage charity shops and online and mail order stores
  • control budgets and meet targets
  • give talks about your charity to the public
  • write reports and press releases

What do I need to do to become a charity fundraiser?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of English language
  • business management skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Attention to detail
  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Discipline
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Patience
  • People management
  • Word processing

Academic route

  • You could do a degree subject relevant to working in fundraising, which may give you an advantage when applying for jobs, especially in corporate fundraising.

Academic route

  • marketing
  • media and communications
  • public relations
  • business studies
  • You could also do a university course in a subject like voluntary sector management or public service management.

Vocational route

  • You could do a fundraiser advanced apprenticeship which could help you get into online fundraising.
  • You could start out working for a charity in an admin or support role and move into fundraising once you've got more experience in the voluntary sector.
  • Volunteering is a good way to get experience in fundraising and the other sides of charity work. It's also a great way to start making contacts in the sector, which can lead to paid job opportunities.
  • You can apply directly to get into charity fundraising, if you've got relevant experience from other work, for example advertising, public relations, events, sales or finance.
  • You could do a specialist course like the Certificate or Diploma in Fundraising offered by the Institute of Fundraising. You'll normally need to be working in fundraising to do these.
  • Some of the larger charities also offer graduate training schemes.

Related subjects

  • Business studies
  • Media studies

Where to find out more

You can find out more about volunteering through the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

You can get more advice about working and training in the charity sector through the Institute of Fundraising and CharityJob.

Where could I be working?

You could work from home or in an office.

Career opportunities

You could work towards a professional qualification from the Institute of Fundraising.

With experience, you could move into charity management, or become a self-employed fundraising consultant.

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