How to Write a Fundraising CV

Friday, October 16, 2020
Writing a CV for fundraising roles

Fundraising roles require skills that uniquely cross the divide between the private and not-for-profit sectors. In one sense, fundraising jobs are highly commercial. They demand relationship building and a target driven and sales focused approach. Yet, you can get to do this for a worthwhile cause you truly believe in and through your direct efforts make a measurable difference.

What type of fundraising roles are you applying for?

There are distinct types of fundraising roles. From entry level event/marketing and fundraising assistant roles through to major donor and legacy fundraising management roles. It is important to focus your fundraising CV to the level and role that you are targeting. You can create a tag line in the CV next to your name to immediately connect with the reader but a the very least try to mirror the job title of the role you are applying for in the first line of the professional profile. This will ensure the reader sees the relevance of your CV and read on with enthusiasm.

What if I have no fundraising experience?

If applying for entry level roles, then you may need to demonstrate transferable skills. A skills or competency-based CV structure will allow you to demonstrate under 4 or 5 aligned sub-headings how, where and when you have demonstrated the necessary skills. You can choose experiences from work, education or anything outside of this. Of course, any volunteering work should be included.

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