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Fundraisers for charity provide a vital link between the general public and needy causes both at home and abroad. People who have taken on the role are respected for their sunny natures and their dedication to furthering the lot of less fortunate individuals.
Positions for charity telephone fundraisers, street and door-to-door fundraisers require job incumbents to draw the attention of members of the public to specific causes and entice them into making one-off or ongoing donations, without leaving them with a disgruntled feeling.
Successful applicants do not need a background in the job, but an outgoing and friendly nature is a necessary attribute. People with previous sales experience and dealing with the public may find the job offers a worthwhile contribution to society.
There are job openings in most UK cities for interested candidates. Work hours often fall in the evening or at the weekend as this is the best time to approach potential donors. Posts are usually hourly paid with rates from national minimum wage up to £8.00 per hour. Some employers provide bonus schemes based on donations raised.


Charity officers or administrators work for charitable organisations. Some of their duties are related to business development, project management, public relations, strategy, marketing, finance, etc. These officers have different tasks depending on the size of the charitable organization, for instance, in smaller charities they are responsible for advise and information tasks for volunteers.

Charity officers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Organising fundraising events.
• Developing marketing activities.
• Targeting potential donors.
• Liaising with external companies.
• Preparing reports.


• Having good interpersonal skills.
• Being able to work on different projects at the same time.
• Having planning skills.
• Being creative and flexible.
• Having good administrative skills.
• Being proactive.
• Having IT skills.
• Having knowledge about marketing and public relations.
• Having competent written and spoken communication abilities.
• Being committed to organisation’s aims.


Qualification requirements for Charity officer jobs vary depending on organisation’s needs. In some cases it is only necessary to have relevant experience related to that sector. There are recommended degrees for Charity jobs including law, marketing, sociology, finance, community studies, business studies, public relations, social policy, among others.

In United Kingdom, some institutions are offering specific courses related to Charity sector. Postgraduate qualifications are optional because are not generally required by organisations.

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