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Have you ever wondered how to move up in the fundraising field?

Here’s a sample career path from fundraising recruiter Phil Gerard, on how to potentially move up in your fundraising career.

You need to look at what skills you currently have, and what skills you might need to go to that next job title.

Career Pathing Model

By Phil Gerard, Fundraising Recruiter

Sample Path

Development Associate

Education:

  • Associate or Bachelor of Arts

  • Diploma

  • Fundraising Essentials Course

Experience:

  • Some work and volunteer experience in fundraising

  • Administrative experience

to Development Coordinator

Education: Fundraising Essentials course

Experience:

  • Previous fundraising experience

  • Events experience

  • coordination experience

  • Writing experience

t o Development Officer

Education:

  • Add fundraising certificate program

  • Join AFP

  • Continue professional development through seminars, conferences and specific workshops

Experience:

  • Ask for opportunities to solicit face-to-face gifts, even in a supporting role

  • Find a mentor (i.e. to go on calls with)

to Development Manager

Education:

  • Continue professional development through seminars, conferences and specific workshops

  • Focus on management training

Experience:

  • Gain hands-on experience on all aspects of major gifts

  • Build your face-to-face experience and track-record in soliciting gifts

  • Ask for opportunities to mentor, supervise

to Development Director

Education:

  • Continue professional development through seminars, conferences and specific workshops

  • Add formal management training

Experience:

  • Get hand-on experience supervising a growing team

  • Continue to increase your experience in all aspects of major gifts

  • Increase the gift level gradually from 5 to 6 to 7-figures

For people currently in the field

My Nonprofit Career Path

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Job 3: _________________________________

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