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Fund Raiser

Overview: Fund raisers plan methods to raise money for charities, political parties, lobbyists, research institutions, universities, public radio and TV stations, etc. They decide from whom to request money and the communications used to persuade potential donators.
Duties: They plan and design methods for raising voluntary contributions to funds such as radio and TV advertising, mailing appeals, charity balls, raffles and door to door canvassing.

They work with clients, such as universities, charities and political parties to identify the amounts of funds needed and the organizations and persons most likely to contribute.

They conduct studies to determine willingness of contributors to donate monies to the funds and factors that motivate them to contribute.

They contract for services needed to implement fund raising activities such as advertising, printed materials and temporary workforce needed to contact potential donators.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of fund raisers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 due to continuing need for funds for universities, hospitals, churches, and charitable organizations.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $34,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in communications is the appropriate educational background to prepare for this occupation. However, other liberal arts studies in sociology, business administration, psychology, etc. can also qualify you for this occupation. Courses in journalism, communications media, advertising, accounting, statistics and economics will strengthen your qualifications.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.