Fundraising managers, who are usually themselves paid workers, recruit, train and manage the volunteers who work on an unpaid basis for charities or other public services. They also identify new sources of income and funding, sometimes to meet targets.
You could be:
- publicising the need for volunteers by producing and distributing promotional material, and giving talks
- interviewing possible volunteers to make sure they are suitable for your organisation
- arranging placements that match the interests and ability of the volunteers
- monitoring and supporting volunteers, dealing with any problems and arranging suitable training for volunteers
- advising other organisations on recruiting and managing volunteers
- identifying and obtaining other sources of income, such as grants and legacies
- raising awareness of the charity within the community
- managing budgets and planning fundraising campaigns and strategies
- maintaining databases, keeping records and writing reports.
Fundraising managers work in a range of organisations that rely on volunteers, providing a wide range of services that help the community. These can include voluntary organisations or charities, as well as public bodies that provide social and health services.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
- where you work
- the size of the company or organisation you work for
- the demand for the job.
The starting salary for fundraising managers in Scotland is usually around £20,000 to £30,000 a year. With experience, salaries can be £40,000 a year or more.
- You work in an office, but you may have to travel to meet volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators.
- You may be out and about promoting the charity.
- Hours are variable. Most work is done during normal office hours but you may need to go to meetings in the evenings and at weekends.
- Some jobs are abroad, in developing countries.
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- There is no set entry route.
- You do not always need formal qualifications, but some employers may require a degree or a relevant professional qualification. You usually also need experience as a volunteer.
- Most entrants go into this work after experience in a related field. This could include experience as a volunteer worker, or jobs where you have organised or managed people - for example, in recruitment, social services, health care, teaching or the voluntary sector.
- You need IT skills.
- Often people come into this as a second career.
- You will require a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check to show that you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details.
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What Does it Take?
You need to be:
- able to work under pressure
- results driven
- able to manage a large workload
- committed to supporting volunteers and promoting volunteering
- able to motivate volunteers and to give effective support and training
- patient, understanding and flexible to accommodate volunteers’ needs
- non-judgemental and respectful of confidentiality
- a good negotiator and able to use your initiative to secure new projects and funding
- an excellent networker and able to get on with all kinds of people.
- Training is normally on the job, along with short courses.
- The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) run short courses.
- Volunteer Scotland also run training courses in volunteer management: two main courses are Volunteer Management: The Essentials, and Effective Leadership in Volunteering.
- With experience and further skills, you may be able to become a more senior or regional manager in the voluntary sector, or in a public body in the social services or health sector.
- Other opportunities may exist in human resources, training or marketing.
The following organisations may be able to provide further information.
Investing in Volunteers
Tel: 01786 479593
Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. In Scotland, it is managed by Volunteer Scotland.
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