I’ve now been working in the charity world for nearly three years in a variety of different roles and levels of fundraising, so it is cautiously but with enthusiasm that I consider myself initiated into the sector. I am by no means an expert, as I am still quite young with lots to learn, but I’ve chosen it as a career, and I’m happy with that.
Having realised my passion for fundraising whilst doing door to door in the months after my graduation, I’ve now worked for four different charities, and am currently at my fifth. What I have learned in these many roles, is that working in a charity, even having a passion for a charity, is something that most people seem to just fall into.
In fact currently, charities are facing a crisis, with regulation changes and the frequent feeling from the general public that organisations aren’t always to be trusted, due to recent negative stories in mainstream media.
My feelings on that aside for now, what struck me most is that nobody plans on working for a charity exactly. However once you are in it, it is a wonderful place to develop skills, use your talents, and most importantly, to make a lasting and positive impact on the world.
With this in mind, I’ve thought to myself often that it would be useful for newbies to learn a little more about fundraising, or indeed the sector as a whole. I wish I’d had someone my own age to talk to and discuss this career path with when I was first starting out. It would have helped me to understand much quicker where it is I fit in, and what challenges I may face.
So, I introduce you a series of blog posts about what I am most passionate about – charity work, fundraising, and philanthropy. This first post, which is probably a little longer than I intended, is simple. Three reasons why you should work in fundraising.
- You have always liked to help, you care about a cause and you want to help in any way you can.
- You are a story teller who likes to communicate with people, build relationships with them, and inspire them to act.
- You are talented at what you do and want to work in a driven, motivating environment that still cares for you and your development.
In the next few weeks I will begin to expand on these three reasons, so to finish off, here’s my last thought. If you want to try out working for a charity, but you aren’t sure if you’d like it, then volunteer or intern first. Charities need all sorts of people and all sorts of talents to keep on running, so if you have a skill, then offer it up. It’s the best way to see if a charity fits you.