FACE TO FACE STREET FUNDRAISERS
i have a general query. My query is that , what can ex face to face street fundraisers do with all the mighty skills they learn and pick up during thier time working as a fundraiser? where can they take thier skills and find decent careers fort themselves?
A case in point. There are fundraisers like me , who have spent nearly 5 years full time as a street face to face fundraiser. Fundraising for charities like amnesty international, Red Cross and many others. 5 years of interacting with the general public on a daily basis. The skills you acquire or need to be a successful fundraiser are : selling, confidence on a major level, persuasive skills, passion, energy, creativity, imagination, dynamism, charisma etc. Add to that team leading, managerial skills, and training people , then there are some powerful skills here which need to be utilised. Where can fundraisers like me take these skills? any advice would be very helpful.
thanks!Posted by nadeem33 on 14 January 2010 05:36 PM
You don’t mention which sector or area you’d like to work in - but if you wanted to remain in a role in the charity/third sector, you could consider filling out Working For A Charity’s online skills profile tool (http://www.wfac.org.uk/skills_profile.html), it is free and you can rate the skills you have (such as the ones you’ve mentioned above) and it links through to live jobs and suggests areas in which you could best use your skills. My immediate guess would be that you could think about doing a course in fundraising to build on the skills you have and/or consider becoming a fundraising officer, trust or legacy campaign fundraiser based in-house at a charity? I’m sure the skills you mention above would be very transferabel to any of those roles. You could also check out the institute of fundraising website (http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk) for further ideas…Posted by kelly.ventress on 16 February 2010 12:13 PM
I would think that sales would be a good role if you are interested in something like that or if you are interested in the Third Sector still, what about seeing if you could move into Major donor or corporate/account management fundraising? Best wishes KimPosted by kimmi on 06 September 2010 01:25 PM
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