We surveyed 873 fundraisers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical fundraiser. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a fundraiser?

Low

High

Working as a fundraiser typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a fundraiser?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a fundraiser typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a fundraiser?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a fundraiser. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for fundraisers.

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Do fundraisers work full-time or part-time?

59% of fundraisers work in full-time roles while 41% work part-time.

Is being a fundraiser stressful?

Low

High

Fundraisers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a fundraiser?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a fundraiser.

How competitive is the workplace for fundraisers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for fundraisers.

Does being a fundraiser require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for fundraisers.

Are fundraisers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Fundraisers are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do fundraisers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Fundraisers tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a fundraiser physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a fundraisers is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are fundraisers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Fundraisers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a fundraiser require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a fundraiser.

Does being a good fundraiser require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as fundraisers.