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education Updated: Nov 06, 2012 17:47 IST

The lowdown

As the name suggests, fundraisers raise money for their non-government organisations. They organise charity events, shows, exhibitions and spread awareness about the organisation and its campaigns. Hence, they become key spokespersons or faces of the organisation. They use various methods and strategies to convince prospective donors to support their cause. By doing this, they not only get a sense of satisfaction and achievement, but an opportunity to earn incentives. Some fundraisers remain in the background and handle the role of ‘servicing’. It involves sending thank you letters, receipts and tax exemption certificates, updating donors about the organisation’s upcoming plans. Basically, they ensure that every donor is appreciated for what s/he does

Schedule may vary as per the requirement
10am: Meeting for the campaign
11am: Schedule appointments
1am: Lunch break
2pm: Campaign updates on field and performance evaluation for the first half of the day
3pm: Direct dialogue in public places and scheduling appointments
6pm: Pack up

The payoff
While salaries in the non-profit organisations cannot be compared with the corporate sector, they are sufficient to sustain good living standards. In addition, you can earn incentives depending on how much funds you are able to raise. The starting salary of a fundraiser with an international organisation is around R11,000 a month. Based on performance and availability of positions in the organisation, one can move up and become a team leader in a year and a senior team leader in the next couple of years

* Passion and drive for the work
* Good communication and networking skills
* Ability to be diligent and persistent is important to keep one’s motivation levels high

Getting there
There’s no specific qualification required to be a fundraiser though a qualification in social work and management (for senior-level positions) may come handy

Institutes and URLs
* Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
* Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi
* Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi

Pros and cons
* Your efforts can sustain a worthwhile cause and change lives
* The space and freedom to try new things, which one can never experience in a corporate job
* Work may involve considerable outdoor activity
* Low pay scales

I believe that volunteering is not enough to contribute to any cause. Fundraising is about making people aware of the cause -- Denny Singh K, senior territory manager, Greenpeace, New Delhi