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Fundraising as a Career

Approved for 3.75 CFRE hours

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Thinking about a career in fundraising, already in the field but need to know how to succeed at it or looking to hire a fundraising person and are not sure what to look for? You’re not crazy, trust me! This course will cover what type of fundraising jobs are out there, what you need to land a job, and what you need to be successful at it. In this four-lesson course, you’ll learn:

  • What it means to work in the nonprofit sector
  • What type of options there are in fundraising
  • What skills you need to be successful
  • What it takes to advance in the field

Lesson Summary:

  • Lesson One: What Does It Mean to Work in Philanthropy—how large is the sector, what kind of salaries are customary?
  • Lesson Two: Is Fundraising for You—do you have the skills and personality? What paths do people take to enter fundraising?
  • Lesson Three: What Jobs Are Available and What Does It Take to Succeed—are you a generalist or a specialist? Do you want to work in a small shop or a big office?
  • Lesson Four: Succeeding and Growing—what chances are there for advancement and what skills do you need to acquire to advance in the profession?

The recommended materials for this course are:

Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy? (In the Trenches)


Your Instructor


Linda Lysakowski
Linda Lysakowski

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE, is the author of Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers; The Development Plan; Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy?; Capital Campaigns: Everything You NEED to Know; Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign workbook, Raise More Money from Your Business Community; Raise More Money from Your Business Community—The Workbook; Fundraising for the GENIUS; a contributing author to The Fundraising Feasibility Study—It’s Not About the Money and YOU and Your Nonprofit Board; co-editor of YOU and Your Nonprofit and The Nonprofit Consulting Handbook; and co-author of The Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook, The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong With Your Fundraising…And How You Can Fix It, Nonprofit Strategic Planning, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Creating Your Development Plan, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Developing Your Case for Support, and The New Donor. Her latest book, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Board Giving will be released this spring. She has also written in the fiction realm, having published The Matriarch and The Face of Jesus. Linda has more than thirty years’ experience in the nonprofit sector and has created dozens of development plans.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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