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.
Certified Professional Career Path
Learn how to become a Certified Professional, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.