There are endless ways that you can raise funds to support children in need of the support services to lead healthy, successful lives. Whether it’s an athletic challenge, a special occasion, or your own unique creation, you can make a big difference in a child’s life…and have a great time doing it.

  • Planned Giving. Many people want to leave money to their favorite causes after they die. Planned giving helps with end-of-life bequests from donors or set up sophisticated giving instruments such as gift annuities. Planned giving is an excellent choice for attorneys, financial planners or bankers who wish to move into the nonprofit world.
  • Major Gifts. Going after big donations does require much face-to-face contact with prospective donors. Major donors need extra care and sometimes complicated negotiations. As a result, major gift positions at nonprofits command good salaries.
  • Campaign Specialist. Special campaigns such as a capital campaign move fast and require complex coordination. Developing expertise in this area means easy transfer to another organization, into consulting, or even to the head of a nonprofit.
  • Annual Giving. A big chunk of any nonprofit’s revenue comes from its annual campaign. Annual giving campaigns might involve direct mail, telephone solicitation, and online fundraising. Annual giving specialists need energy, creativity, and versatility.
  • Corporate Giving. A position in corporate giving might involve drafting a proposal for a corporate foundation, organizing a special fundraising appeal, seeking sponsorships for a particular event, or creating a cause-marketing program with a corporation. Former experience in business would prepare you well for this niche, especially if you have excellent business contacts.
  • Special Events. If you love to throw a party, this might be the ideal job for you at a nonprofit. The bigger the nonprofit, the more special events there are likely to be. You might find yourself seeking sponsorships, managing the calendar, working up the budget, coordinating volunteers, setting up a national meeting, and more.
  • Writing. Good fundraising demands good writing. If you can write well, you could specialize in grant writing, or development of fundraising materials from newsletters to direct mail letters to online fundraising appeals. Some nonprofits such as universities and hospitals even produce magazines. If you have experience in journalism or PR, you might just find a writing job for a nonprofit.
  • Social Media Coordinator. Today, nonprofits, big and small, need people who can manage a steady flow of content for social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Expertise is a must and joy for connecting with people online.
  • Research, Data Entry, and Donor Management. Are you data-driven? Have a talent for all things technical? Good at databases? Love a research challenge? Fundraising relies on information research. Fundraisers want to know all they can about individuals, foundations, and corporations that might give them money. Not to mention all the record keeping.

Fundraising can sometimes seem confusing, even scary… but it needn’t be. You see… great fundraisers aren’t born. They are made. Anyone can become a great fundraiser by learning the principles behind raising money, then practicing over and over again. While some people are naturally gifted fundraisers, for the most part, everyone in the fundraising world started off feeling confused and awkward.

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