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Getting satisfaction from fundraising jobs
04 September 2008
by Mike Selvon

There is more and more evidence all the time that people around the world are becoming more giving and charitable and have a greater interest in supporting a variety of voluntary charity groups in all parts of the globe. Because of this, fundraising jobs in non-profit organizations are more available than ever and this is turning into a specialized career category unto itself.

In general terms of employment numbers, the non-profit charity volunteer work arena has been responsible for creating many more jobs in the past several years than most of the other sectors in the US economy. This fundraising jobs development trend has involved a great number of people from a wide variety of industries and career fields, including many who have a great deal of experience and high levels of accomplishment in various business skills.

Many people are also moving to fundraising jobs in non-profit organizations because they have had a desire for a long time to have a career that also benefits the causes and charity volunteer work that they believe in. Often people feel they are in a dead end job and would like to be able to focus their time, talents and energy in a type of work that can truly benefit others.

For people who are interested in making a career change by taking advantage of the fundraising jobs development movement, there are several things to keep in mind that can help you to get into a fundraiser job position that might just qualify as your dream job. One of the first things to do before pursuing a fundraising position with a charity group is to know exactly what types of charity volunteer work that you are most passionate about becoming involved in.

The most desirable candidates for fundraising jobs with non-profit organizations are those who can speak passionately about the work of the non-profit group they want to work with. Gain a deep knowledge and understanding of the cause that you have fervent feelings about, whether it concerns animals, the environment, health care, immigration, starvation, disaster relief, health care, or any other area that a voluntary charity work group is endeavoring to improve. The more you know, the deeper your level of conviction about the cause.

The next step is to carefully investigate those voluntary charity organizations that seem to share your concerns, vision and dedication. Start right in the town where you live and expand your research from there, going nationwide if you need to in order to find a match with your desires. These days, there are many online fundraiser job listings that are posted by nonprofit groups on large employment websites.

Often these organizations also post their fundraising job development plans on their websites and if they don't currently have the right position for you, then you can bookmark their site so you can check on it regularly.

Doing some charity volunteer work for the voluntary charity you are thinking about working for is a very good way to get more familiar with the organization, the people who work there, and the integrity of the operation. Through your volunteer activities you can get an insider’s perspective and also get an accurate idea of how you might fit into the organization long term. If you like what you see, then you will be able to make connections with people in the agency so that when an opening for fundraising jobs in the nonprofit sector opens up, you will most likely have the first crack at it.