Considering Fundraising as a Career


Do you want a role which is both personally rewarding and delivers social good? If so, you may wish to consider a career in fundraising. A successful fundraiser is:

  • An excellent communicator. A key component of any fundraising role is raising awareness of your cause to others, and building good relationships with your donors, supporters and the public.   
  • A skilled researcher.Good fundraisers are also brilliant detectives.   
  • Highly organised. You need to be able to manage a varied workload in a fast paced and challenging environment.   
  • Brilliant with budgets. Working with financial targets, being good with numbers is a must. 
  • Enterprising and committed.  As a fundraiser, you should be opportunistic, and fully believe in the cause you are involved in. 


What do our members say about working in fundraising? 

"I first actively started volunteering during my time at university, alongside my course in Environmental Science. I always knew I wanted to make a difference whatever career path I took, and the third sector seemed the perfect logical step. Throughout my career, the Institute of Fundraising Scotland has been a huge support; from the easily accessible resources to meeting and learning from other fundraisers, I feel I’ve benefited greatly. I’m currently halfway through study for my Certificate in Fundraising online, and am already finding myself using the new information and skills I’ve learnt in my day job’’. 

Katy Sandford, Corporate Fundraiser, Sick Kids Friends Foundation 

"I began fundraising at a young age and enjoyed it so much that I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in the charity sector. As a student, I volunteered to gain as much experience as possible whilst I studied for my business degree. My first job was as a Community Fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, where I was introduced to the Institute of Fundraising. Through the Institute, I’ve been able to grow my professional networks, learn from my peers, and keep up-to-date with trends, all of which have been incredibly helpful in my current role as Head of Regional Development at Muscular Dystrophy UK. Being involved with the Institute on a voluntary basis has also given me wonderful experience; in 2015, I was listed as one of the top fifty most influential people in UK fundraising. I cannot imagine not working in the charity sector, and I cannot imagine not being a member of the Institute of Fundraising." 

Gary Kernahan, Head of Regional Development at Muscular Dystrophy UK

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