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Fund development professionals plan, organize and implement gift campaigns that build relationships and raise money for charitable groups or causes such as community agencies, arts organizations, schools, hospitals (alis).
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- A Day in the Life of a Fundraiser/ Industrial Solicitor - The Princeton Review
- Job Profile: Charity Fundraiser - Prospects Job Profile (UK resource)
Professionals in this occupation come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Most employers prefer to hire fundraisers who have related post-secondary education or extensive paid or volunteer experience, preferably in a not-for-profit organization. Training through one of the professional associations is an asset (alis).
The University of Manitoba does not offer specialized training in fundraising. Students may choose to pursue related post-secondary study. A minor or completing courses in business and recreation management may be of interest.
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Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook in the U.S.
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
- AFP Manitoba Chapter
- Association of Donor Relations Professionals
- Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP)
- CAGP Manitoba Chapter
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Winnipeg Non Profit Organization - The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
- Imagine Canada
- Community Foundations of Canada
- Manitoba Foundation of Non-Profit Organizations
- Article: Canada's Top 100 non-profit organizations (registered charities) - The Globe and Mail
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