What does a Certified Professional do?

Fundraisers are professionals who specialize in raising money for an organization or a specific cause. They might have a temporary role for a specific campaign, or they may be a permanent fundraiser who supports long-term or ongoing initiatives. Depending on the scope and seniority level of the position, they may also be called a fundraising specialist or a development officer. They develop and lead fundraising campaigns, donation drives, and other programs. They identify prospective donors, craft tailored messaging, and cultivate donor relationships with the goal of securing financial support. They play an active role in strategic planning.

Fundraisers often have a bachelor’s degree in a business discipline, although many organizations consider a track record of successful fundraising to be more important. They must have excellent donor relations skills. Marketing experience and content strategy skills are helpful.

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3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

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Senior Professional
5 Aug 2021

“Work from home was nice and the gym connected to the headquarters is really nice.”

Up FundraisingUp Fundraising
19 Aug 2021

“The pay was really competitive and I felt like I was getting paid what I was worth.”

Professional Scorer
21 Jun 2019

“I received no training just a computer tutorial and supervisors who made little time for any questions.”

26 Jun 2021

“Fiserv bpo is not a good as no career opportunities only they will treat as a slaves.”

Hewlett Packard Enterprise | HPEHewlett Packard Enterprise | HPE
Installed Base Specialist
28 Jan 2021

“It also feels as though there is no opportunity for career growth at this point.”

Sleep Number CorporationSleep Number Corporation
Sleep Professional
23 Feb 2021

“Salaried managers don't understand your concerns when you're losing money because of deliveries not being done.”

31 Jul 2019

“In the short time I have been here the team have delivered some amazing results and the team continues to grow.”

Macmillan Cancer SupportMacmillan Cancer Support
Fundraising Manager
8 Dec 2020

“Great work and mission.”

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