What does a Fundraiser 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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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
22%
2 - 4
50%
5 - 7
3%
8+
25%

Common Skill Sets

CDL
Public Speaking
PLM
Microsoft Office Suite
RSA Archer
Microsoft EXCEL
Written Communication
Database

Fundraiser Seniority Levels

Business Development Manager
32% made the transition
Sales Representative
28% made the transition
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Fundraiser Salaries

Average Base Pay

CA$38,407 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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CA$27k
Median: CA$38k
CA$55k
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