Career as a Fundraising Professional by Institute for Career Research

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There is a much more fluid movement between government, business and nonprofits, and this shows no sign of diminishing. You might start in a government or business position, then move to a nonprofit, then back to business. 30 GETTING STARTED NONPROFIT JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE ALL AROUND YOU, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT aware of it. Right this moment, you probably are affiliated with two or more nonprofit organizations. If you belong to a church or synagogue, or a youth group, if you collect canned goods for your local food bank or you have ever trick-or-treated for UNICEF, you are already involved with nonprofits.

If you belong to a church or synagogue, or a youth group, if you collect canned goods for your local food bank or you have ever trick-or-treated for UNICEF, you are already involved with nonprofits. The good news is that you can start gaining experience right away. Most nonprofits accept volunteers of all ages and abilities; all you have to do is sign up, participate in training and you’re on your way. In most nonprofit organizations, the majority of the employees are involved in fundraising in one away or another.

The more fundraising events you work, either as a paid employee or volunteer, the more likely you will be to land a job in the field. Anyone who works in the nonprofit sector is much more likely to hire a person who has at least some experience in the area. While you are still in college, you may be able to obtain an internship or part-time position to further develop your skills and meet other professionals working in the field. Here as elsewhere, who you know can sometimes help you advance. Short term programs are available for new graduates.

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