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Charity fundraiser

Charity fundraisers organise events and activities to encourage people to donate to causes and organisations.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; attending events or appointments

6%
Future employment

There will be 6% more Charity fundraiser jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • researching, developing and planning fundraising ideas
  • managing door-to-door and street collections
  • recruiting and training volunteers
  • keeping records and reporting performance
  • managing charity shops and online and mail order stores
  • controlling budgets and meeting targets
  • giving talks about your charity to the public
  • writing reports and press releases

Working environment

You could work from home or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by a professional body
University

You could do a degree subject relevant to working in fundraising, which may give you an advantage when applying for jobs, especially in corporate fundraising. Subjects include:

  • marketing
  • media and communications
  • public relations
  • business studies

You could also do a university course in a subject like voluntary sector management or public service management.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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Apprenticeship

You could do a social media and digital marketing higher apprenticeship, which could help you get into online fundraising.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Work

You could start out working for a charity in an admin or support role and move into fundraising once you've got more experience in the voluntary sector.

Volunteering and work experience

Volunteering is a good way to get experience in fundraising and the other sides of charity work. It's also a great way to start making contacts in the sector, which can lead to paid job opportunities.

You can find out more about volunteering through the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Direct application

You can apply directly to get into charity fundraising, if you've got relevant experience from other work, for example advertising, public relations, events, sales or finance.

Other routes

You could do a specialist course like the Certificate or Diploma in Fundraising offered by the Institute of Fundraising. You'll normally need to be working in fundraising to do these.

Some of the larger charities also offer graduate training schemes.

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Career tips

Employers will usually be more interested in your skills, experience and commitment to working in the charity sector than in your formal qualifications.

Further information

You can get more advice about working and training in the charity sector through the Institute of Fundraising and CharityJob.

You could work towards a professional qualification from the Institute of Fundraising.

With experience, you could move into charity management, or become a self-employed fundraising consultant.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of English language
  • business management skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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