Entry Level Guide to Entering Fundraising: Part 2

What do day jobs in fundraising actually look like?

Now you know what each area of fundraising involves, you’re likely to have a shortlist of the ones you’d actually consider. It’s time to look at the nitty gritty – what do job descriptions look like, what does the average person in each of these areas earn to start with, and where can it take you? We’ve done the research so you don’t have to.

It’s important to bear in mind that salaries in fundraising – and, indeed, almost every industry – are wildly inconsistent. Depending on the size of your organisation, the location of the office and even the type of cause (e.g. animal, cancer, education), average salaries will vary. That said, there are still some benchmarks to consider.

TPP Recruitment, an agency specializing in ‘jobs with principles’ including fundraising and programme delivery roles, conducted a salary review by fundraising type and seniority level – you can see what they found below:

You can read the entire report by TPP Recruitment here, which also includes breakdowns of salary by region, type of cause and gender.

Our next post – “what do careers in fundraising look like?” (due 15th April) – will break down the differences between these job titles – but it’s an interesting set of data to consider even when just looking at the assistant/coordinator level and director level of each type of fundraising.

Of course, money isn’t everything.

It’s important to consider what the day to day work looks like, and whether you think that’s something you’d enjoy. For example, I know that I’m a very people-focused person – so whilst I’m aware that being a director of trust/foundation fundraising would be the most lucrative career end-goal, I wouldn’t enjoy the work.

To that end, we’ve worked to compile an example job description for an assistant level role for each of the previously discussed areas of fundraising – they’re not necessarily active job roles but they’ll give you an idea of what they look like and where you could find more:

It’s important to note at this point that just because you start in one area of fundraising doesn’t mean that you’re limited to that forever. I started as a challenge events officer and then transitioned to corporate fundraising from there – as you grow into your career it’s common to take on new styles, so don’t feel like you’re committing for life here: the aim of this post is to give you an idea of where to look first.

To work out where each of these jobs might get you, check out the next post of the Entry Level Guide to Entering Fundraising here.

If you have any questions about the contents of this article or getting a role in fundraising, get in touch here. Return to the homepage of the guide here.

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