Fundraising Jobs - How Not to Succeed in Fundraising Jobs

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Fundraising jobs is not for everyone because not everyone is gifted with the different set of skills to become a fundraiser. Fundraisers work for companies with hundreds of donors or for some small companies where they have to make personal approach to ask people for donations for charitable causes or for their club or organization.

Fundraising jobs abound in different levels.
  • The development managers are the ones who solicit donors as well as sponsors in exchange of product promotion or advertisements by getting your name and logo featured on promotional events.
  • Bequest coordinators on the other hand are responsible for encouraging individuals to give donations and they normally start with their pre-existing donors or organization's friends who are interested in helping with their cause.
  • The donations coordinator is responsible for tracking the sources and amounts from their fundraising efforts that includes sponsorships, bequests, individual donations or partnerships. He will ensure that these donations are made tax-deductible donations.
  • Event coordinators takes care of the planning and execution of events and they are responsible for every aspect of the events like invitations, entertainment, food, and venue and they work with a variety of people, media, guests, and vendors.
  • A fundraising administrator supports the fundraising initiatives and is responsible for sponsorship packages, events, queries, and donations.
Some of the fundraising ideas are a basketball raffle, holiday flower sale, entertainment coupons, a candy sale, community fingerprint-a-Thon, bingo, or even a garage sale. If you want to make fundraising easy, collect some existing fundraising information for your organization by collecting brochures and keep a list for your references. Ask for fundraising ideas from Rotary clubs, Boy Scouts, or even Parent and Teacher organization. Check the internet to get lots of information about it then brainstorm with your organization's leader because the more unique your ideas will, the more it will get attention.

However, no matter how good your fundraising ideas are, if you don't put your mind to it and spend time researching how to make it work, you will never be able to succeed in fundraising jobs. Here are the reasons how not to succeed in this job:
  • If you are not familiar with the fundraising field and understand the basic requirements, you don't have the organizational skill, communication skills and the ability to persuade people, you will never succeed.
  • If you don't have a bachelor's degree in finance or communications and have electives in writing, psychology, business and math and a master's degree in marketing, public relations or finance.
  • If you don't have a broad set of skills for this profession and a level of responsibility in the fundraising field.
  • You don't have the motivation to succeed in this field.
  • To succeed, you must have a goal and the determination and direction to reach it.
  • You don't, answer the basic question about your job.
  • If you don't know how to survive if you were forced to live without money and still do the job for next to nothing.
  • If you don't have the proven passion and the motivation for doing your job other than money.
  • If you don't know how to create opportunities to succeed in this job.
  • If you don't know how to create job security within your given job by creating more ideas.
  • If you don't do anything to learn as much as you can about the fundraising jobs you will definitely not succeed in this job.
  • If you don't pursue your passion
  • If you don't have the right mindset about being the best in the world in whatever it is that you are doing.
  • If you don't know how to take advantage of technology.
During hard times, we all want to succeed in whatever job we are doing because this is the only way to survive the crisis. Take pride in whatever you do so that you will be able to keep your job and be happy you did.

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