Many people build a whole career as a fundraiser, developing their skills and experience, moving into managing fundraising teams and departments, or becoming experts in particularly fundraising areas. Being a fundraiser, and becoming part of the fundraising profession, is a job that is suitable for everyone. Some people are fundraisers from a young age and is their first jobs, others move into fundraising following previous experience in the private or public sectors. Whatever stage you are at in your career, or if you want to do fundraising as a volunteer, we have resources, guidance, and advice to help you in your fundraising journey.
Fundraising has recently been recognised as a formal profession alongside the likes of accountants, surveyors and lawyers. In 2020, a Royal Charter was awarded by HM The Queen to the now Chartered Institute of Fundraising which has raised the profile of careers in fundraising.
A career in fundraising can be incredibly rewarding – both personally and professionally. Anyone can become a fundraising professional, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, class, religion, belief, sex, gender, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex characteristics, age, health or other statues. We are committed to continuously improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the sector through our Change Collective Strategy.
You can enter the sector at different entry levels, whether as a school leaver, university graduate or through a career change. If you are thinking of a career in fundraising, we would strongly encourage you to undertake the following;
- Look at our Fundraising Competency Framework which shows the knowledge, skills and behavioural development you will gain from a career in the sector.
- Look at the different fundraising roles advertised through our jobs board in partnership with CharityJob, to get a flavour of the kind of roles and salaries available.
- If you are serious about a career in fundraising, consider attending or accessing online our Introduction to Fundraising Course and becoming a Chartered Institute Individual Member.
- Also check out the Level 3 Fundraising Apprenticeship which offers an entry route into the sector for those who want to gain a vocational qualification, as well as our own qualifications which you may want to consider undertaking.
We hope you decide to enter the sector, and as your professional membership body we will be here to support you every step of the way.