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Fundraising Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Fundraising Manager manages fundraising for an organization. Develops and implements fundraising strategies that include online fundraising, mail and email campaigns, grant writing and fundraising events. May develop relationships with large donors.

Job Outlook

There were 602 Fundraising Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 23195 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Fundraising Manager industry, which includes the Fundraising Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Fundraising Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $107,836.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $103,170.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Fundraising Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $87,914.

Education and Experience

Posted Fundraising Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3.27%
Bachelor's Degree73.45%
Master's Degree20.26%
Doctoral Degree2.38%
Other2.5%

Posted Fundraising Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years14.02%
3 to 5 years61.16%
6 to 8 years17.86%
9+ years6.96%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Fundraising Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (64.75%)
  • Leadership (53.26%)
  • Management (44.56%)
  • Planning (36.58%)
  • Writing (36.05%)
  • Research (31.15%)
  • Detail Oriented (25.4%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (23.94%)
  • Microsoft Office (22.95%)
  • Coordinating (21.03%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Raiser's Edge NXT (14.27%)
  • Prospect Research (12.87%)
  • Fundraising (89.82%)
  • Marketing (35.54%)
  • Planned Giving (24.48%)
  • Philanthropy (31.86%)
  • Sales Prospecting (58.58%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Customer Relationship Management (18.02%)
  • Newsletters (7.59%)
  • Advertising Mail (11.54%)
  • Appeals (10.7%)
  • Data Management (4.69%)
  • Public Relations (10.05%)
  • Grant Writing (9.93%)
  • Salesforce (11.89%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (3.31%)
  • Finance (13.83%)
  • Project Management (20.69%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Prospect Management (5.71%)
  • Category Development (5.24%)
  • Fund Development (7.07%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Prospect Management (6.21%)
  • Raiser's Edge NXT (15.53%)
  • Prospect Research (14%)
  • Fundraising (97.74%)
  • Philanthropy (34.67%)
  • Planned Giving (26.64%)
  • Fund Development (7.69%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Fundraising Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director of Development
  • Director of Philanthropy
  • Associate Director of Development
  • Assistant Director of Annual Giving
  • Director of Major Gifts
  • Director of Donor Engagement
  • Development Manager
  • Major Gifts Manager
  • Director of Individual Giving

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Fundraising Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • The Nature Conservancy (462)
  • Bellingrath Gardens And Home (346)
  • University of California (324)
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (270)
  • GPAC (235)
  • American Heart Association (216)
  • The Salvation Army (204)
  • YMCA (130)
  • American Red Cross (126)
  • Alzheimer's Association (110)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (59)
  • North Carolina State University (29)
  • The Blood Connection, Incorporated (28)
  • Duke University (27)
  • Western Carolina University (18)
  • Appalachian State University (12)
  • Armstrong Mcguire (12)
  • Davidson College (10)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (9)
  • Fayetteville State University (9)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!