There are endless reasons to why you should consider a future career in fundraising, this topic has been covered by many bloggers and associations. Here in this blog, I want to share with you 5 reasons to become a fundraiser and I listed them based on how I see the importance of fundraising from my point of view.
1- Great reward.
Depending on your inspiration for the cause that you are fundraising for, the beneficiaries of your organisation will always think of you as a reason of them having access to education or healthcare or whatever programmes that your organisation supports. Fundraisers in my point of view are like ' pointers towards good' and prophet Mohammad said: "The one who points toward something good gets the same reward as the one who did the good itself".
2- Saving the world.
Whether working to raise money to save some of the world's major disasters such as global warming and climate change or saving and protecting vulnerable men, women and children or providing shelters and food for refugees in many countries or any noble cause that was not mentioned here; fundraisers are trying to save the world and make it a better place.
Without good fundraisers, we wouldn't see the wonderful work done by thousands of NGOs in many developing countries, we wouldn't witness millions of children accessing primary education and having critical vaccines that protect them against endemic diseases.
3- Top 20 career opportunity.
According to US NEWS REPORT, fundraising ranked as number 17 in best business jobs. To access the report please click here
Although the report is focusing on business jobs in the USA, fundraising in some countries might be ranked even higher than # 17. Also, the fundraising industry is massive. For example in the USA alone, the amount that was given to charities in 2017 was $390.05 Billion according to a Givingusa report.
4- Amazing business network and contacts.
Do you know who you will be interacting with during your service as a fundraiser? Well, the answer is simply the generous and successful business people in your community. Your 'clients' are the people who are committed to supporting charitable and social services in your community and support you and your organisation as they actually believe in your cause. They will be investing their time and money as they believe in your mission.
You can form a strong connection with the leader of your business community and leverage on this network in your future plans as an individual. Also, you can reach out to some of them for 'free' mentorship, coaching and many other services that other people might find difficult or an impossible mission.
5- Exciting and challenging.
Fundraisers will enjoy unlimited excitement and challenges! Sometimes you have to create fundraising campaigns at the last minute to fill the funding gap, or to respond to an emergency situation, or you have to work extra hours to organise a trip for your major donor who wants to visit one of your programme countries. After all this, you will enjoy the time when you get confirmation from one of your donors on a large gift that you were not expecting. You will feel heavily rewarded when you meet the beneficiaries of your organisation and perhaps you are supporting a local education programme and a little child walks up to you and says: 'Thank you'. If you are filming this make sure you share similar stories with your donor, as you will get a new cheque when you come back!
I hope you have discovered some of the reasons that made me interested to work as a fundraiser and I really hope this will encourage you to continue the great work you are already doing if you are a fundraiser or made up your mind to join the fundraising community!