There are few things in life more satisfying – and rewarding – than being able to dedicate yourself successfully to a cause you truly believe in. For example, you may have a passion for being able to help people suffering from a crisis. Working for an organisation such as the British Red Cross would make sense, but what if you don’t have the raw medical or crisis management skills needed?
Knocking on a complete stranger’s door, sharing your enthusiasm for the cause with them and convincing them to support your cause can require huge amounts of bravery too, but with the right training and management you can do it. Furthermore, it can also give you a career structure and the knowledge that you are making a positive difference to thousands of people in Britain and around the world.
Of course, to do this well you need much more than just a can-do attitude and with the right training you can make fundraising your career. The days can be long and sometimes dispiriting – with people often shutting the door in your face before you even have the chance to make your case – but there are best practices in this field that you can follow to carry out your new job effectively and ethically.
Serious charities – such as the British Red Cross – will give you the support and professional development you need to become a successful fundraiser. They’ll do so by sending you on courses with companies like the Fundraising Academy, who will teach you the techniques you need not just to increase the frequency and amount of donations you raise, but also to help you enjoy doing so.
Because while it’s important that you have a job working for an organisation you believe in, it’s equally important that you can come to work each day with a smile on your face.
You’ll be trained by people who have walked the walk you’ll be making every day, who have thrived in that environment and are keen to share the secrets of their success with you.
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