Community & Social Services

Charity Fundraiser

Charity fundraisers increase the amount of donations to a charity by building relationships and finding new fundraising opportunities.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Charity Fundraiser do?

Charity fundraisers increase the amount of donations to a charity by building relationships and finding new fundraising opportunities.


Work activities

As a charity fundraiser, you may typically:

  • make contact with individuals or companies who may be interested in donating to your charity
  • develop and plan new and imaginative fundraising initiatives
  • organise ongoing fundraising events such as charity auctions, fun runs or door-to-door collections
  • recruit, train and inspire volunteers
  • keep records of fundraising activities and money raised
  • manage the running of retail outlets or online sales
  • increase funds by researching and targeting charitable trusts whose criteria match the charity's aims and activities
  • control budgets and meet targets for the amount of money raised
  • report your performance to managers, trustees and donors
  • raise awareness of the charity and its work, through talks, press releases or direct mail.

Key skills and interests

To become a charity fundraiser, you would need:

  • a passion for the not-for-profit sector
  • creativity and imagination
  • excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • good presentation and networking skills
  • drive and enthusiasm
  • the ability to motivate and manage others
  • excellent organisation skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would work around 35 to 40 hours a week. Weekend and evening work is common, especially in jobs that involve organising events.

Part-time work in this sector is also common, as smaller charities may not have the budget to employ a full-time fundraiser.


You could be based in an office, or may do some of your work from home. You may have to travel to give presentations and attend events and meetings.

You may also be responsible for an outbound call centre that fund raises for one or more charities.


How to become an Charity Fundraiser?

Entry Level Education

Charity fundraisers come from a wide range of backgrounds. Most charity fundraisers would have a degree, but employers would also be interested in your skills, experience and commitment to working in the not-for-profit sector. Relevant degrees would include qualifications in marketing, public relations, or communications. To get into degree courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of fundraisers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment growth will be driven by the continued need of not-for-profit organisations to collect donations in order to run their operations.

Organisations that will receive less financial support than in the past, such as colleges and universities, may need fundraisers to solicit donations to make up for shortfalls.

More non-profit organisations are focusing on cultivating an online presence and are increasingly using social media for fundraising activities. As a result, social media has created a new avenue for fundraisers to connect with potential donors and to spread their organisation’s message.


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