How to become a fundraising development officer: Stephanie's story

What’s your job?

I’m a fundraising development officer. I manage the finance side of everything at Belfast Youth Initiative including recording all the financial details, making applications for funding, then tracking all the funding that the organisation has managed to get.

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I enjoyed school and doing my GCSEs. I went on to do four A-levels in politics, religion, history and English and studied a degree in law for a year, but found that I didn’t enjoy it.

Stephanie - fundraising development officer

How did you get started in this job?

I moved home after leaving university and replied to a job advert. I started the job and enjoyed it, so stuck with it.

Best thing about your job?

I feel like I'm helping people.

Top tips

It’s about job satisfaction - how comfortable you feel in the job - and trying new roles. You may not know what you want to do until you’ve had a go at doing it.

What to expect if you want to be a fundraiser

  • Fundraiser salary: From £20,000 to £60,000
  • Fundraiser working hours: On average 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a fundraiser?

  • Entry requirements: A degree in a relevant subject like business, marketing, media or public relations can give you an advantage but there are no set requirements. Employers are usually more interested in your skills, experience and commitment to working in a similar sector. You’ll usually be expected to have voluntary or paid experience of working in a charity or related experience such as advertising, events or sales and finance. You could move into fundraising from other sectors like advertising, events or sales and finance as budget, organisation and communication skills are key.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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