Careers Advice

There are certain criteria that an organisation recruiting a fundraiser will be looking for. As a fundraiser, your professional development is crucial for success in fundraising and moving along your career.

Training and Qualifications

If you are a fundraiser and are interested in ways to improve your skills and knowledge, take a look at our range of training courses and qualifications. We offer professional qualifications such as a the Introductory Certificate in Fundraising and Certificate in Fundraising for fundraisers who are new to or wish to develop in the profession. The Diploma in Fundraising focuses on existing experience and skills to consolidate and expand your knowledge while the International Advanced Diploma is aimed at those wishing to lead fundraising at the highest level.



Progress your fundraising career with a range of vacancies for fundraising professionals, from many fundraising specialities, across a range of sectors and locations. Search our fundraising careers site, supported by CharityJob. 

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Fundraising Salary Survey 2016

This year’s Kage Partnership Fundraising Salary Survey 2016 has been compiled from data on over 300 fundraising vacancies, with 120 charities registered in the last 12 months (January 2015 to December 2015). As usual, the results are intended as a general guide and are based on advertised rather than actual salaries. *Please note that salaries include London weighting. Download here

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It is not only previous positions and past achievements which count, but also what you can learn for your peers. An important part of being a member of the Institute of Fundraising is networking and sharing experiences with you peers. Take a look at our National, Regional and Special Interest Group pages to find details of your local group or group covering your area of interest.

Proving your commitment and finding the right organisation comes from knowing the voluntary sector. If you don't already have voluntary sector experience, consider volunteering.


Personal Skills

A fundraiser must necessarily be flexible and adaptable. Some of the many skills required include excellent communication, ability to research, plan, and devise strategies, and be able to remain positive in stressful situations. Training can help to develop these, but to really improve your craft you must push yourself.

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