Charity fundraiser

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become a Charity fundraiser

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • volunteering
  • applying directly


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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Volunteering and 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 (NCVO).

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.

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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.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

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.

Career path and progression

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Digital Marketing Apprentice

  • Wage : £230.77 Weekly
  • Location: Sale M33 2DH

Social Media and Marketing Apprentice

  • Wage : £150.00 Weekly
  • Location: Chesterfield S44 5HY

Courses In England

BTCC L1 Fundraising For Charities - Yr 1 of 2 (Carnival)

  • Provider: Bridgwater and Taunton College
  • Start date: 07 January 2019
  • Location: Bridgwater

Online Fundraising

  • Provider: Norfolk County Council
  • Start date: 25 January 2019
  • Location: Norwich

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