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Fundraising Manager

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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

Fundraising Managers Career Video

About This Career

Plans, directs, or coordinates activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

This career is part of the Marketing cluster Marketing Management pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Assigns, supervises, and reviews the activities of fundraising staff.
  • Compiles or develops materials to submit to granting or other funding organizations.
  • Conducts research to identify the goals, net worth, charitable donation history, or other data related to potential donors, potential investors, or general donor markets.
  • Contacts corporate representatives, government officials, or community leaders to increase awareness of organizational causes, activities, or needs.
  • Designs and edits promotional publications, such as brochures.
  • Develops fundraising activity plans that maximize participation or contributions and minimize costs.
  • Develops strategies to encourage new or increased contributions.
  • Directs activities of external agencies, establishments, or departments that develop and implement fundraising strategies and programs.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients, government officials, and media representatives and uses these relationships to develop new fundraising opportunities.
  • Establishes goals for soliciting funds, develops policies for collection and safeguarding of contributions, and coordinates disbursement of funds.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Account Supervisor
  • Annual Giving Director
  • Development Director


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