Cause they care

THE LOW­DOWN

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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. Ma­jor streams of fundrais­ing in­clude face-to-face meet­ing with strangers on the road, tele-call­ing, con­tact­ing ref­er­ences given by vol­un­teers or sup­port­ers and reach­ing out to work­ing peo­ple. 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 he/she does

CLOCK­WORK The sched­ule of a fundraiser may vary as per the re­quire­ment. A typ­i­cal day would be some­thing like this: 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 R15,000 per month. A city head can make about R35,000 per 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 SKILLS/TRAITS Pas­sion and drive for the work Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion and net­work­ing skills Abil­ity to be dili­gent and per­sis­tent You should be able to man­age a large team

GET­TING THERE There’s no spe­cific qual­i­fi­ca­tion re­quired to be­come a fundraiser though a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in so­cial work and man­age­ment (for se­nior-level po­si­tions) may come handy IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Depart­ment of So­cial Work, Univer­sity of Delhi; www.du.ac.in School of So­cial Work, Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sciences, Mum­bai; www.tiss.edu/TopMenuBar/aca­demic/schools/school-of-so­cial­work Xavier In­sti­tute of So­cial Ser­vice, Ranchi; www.xiss.ac.in Depart­ment of So­cial Work, Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia, New Delhi; jmi.ac.in/about­jamia/de­part­ments/so­cial-work/in­tro­duc­tion Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences, Ba­naras Hindu Univer­sity, Varanasi; www.bhu.ac.in/so­cial_­sciences/ cour­ses.php 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 Low pay scales Com­pe­ti­tion from cor­po­rate CSR arms/foun­da­tions

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Fi­nan­cial backup: Fundraisers raise money for non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions by con­vinc­ing prospec­tive donors to sup­port their cause

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