You never hear a kid say, “I want to be a fundraiser when I grow up”.
Partly that’s because there’s no college major called “fundraising” and partly because children’s imaginations are captured the idea of what they will be doing. Most children have no idea what a professional fundraiser does.
Young people are motivated to do something good in the world. Many have an interest in working for non-profits but they focus on the program side of things. Few think of fundraising as an exciting way to contribute to building good in our world.
But the truth of it is that fundraising is an amazing career. Without fundraisers, many non-profits would struggle or cease to exist. Without fundraisers, the good that non-profit delivers would not be delivered. Those who benefit from those services and programs would go un-helped.
Another thing for those starting their careers to keep in mind is that fundraisers make good living and we enjoy a little bit more job security than other positions because we can directly show that there is return-on-investment to our salaries.
So, I talk about careers in fundraising all the time as a great option for young people. It’s rewarding personally and financially. There is much to be gained and much to contribute.
Jessica Cloud, CFRE
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