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Moving into the charity sector from the private sector

21 January 2015 Candidate Blogs

With government cuts affecting many of the impoverished and most vulnerable in society, the role of charities in the UK has never been more important, and effective fundraising is a vital central function to the survival and growth of charities.

Additionally, reductions in public funding for charitable organisations has led to an increased  need for more aggressive and forward-thinking fundraising strategies. There is now also a large demand for candidates who can apply a commercial mindset to fundraising roles.

Transferable skills

This need for a more competitive fundraising strategy has made many of the skills that are synonymous with the commercial sector particularly sought-after for charity jobs.

The communication skills and the ability to build relationships that has been developed within the private sector will be of significant benefit if you are looking to build a new career in fundraising. Project management and forward financial planning are two further transferable skills that are a prerequisite for success in a charity fundraising role.

Additional value of the private sector candidate to any charity organisation is the fresh perspective alongside the commercial experience that can revitalise their fundraising strategies and boost operational efficiency.

What are the benefits?

The primary benefit of working as a fundraiser within the charity sector is the sense of fulfilment that the job offers. Helping less fortunate, disadvantaged or vulnerable people means that you can go into work every day in the knowledge that you are making a real difference to the world around you, and this sort of job satisfaction is not available in any other career.

The charity sector can also provide a more relaxed working environment, often with a casual dress code, shorter and more flexible working hours, making it ideal for candidates who are looking to start a family or perhaps move into a sector that is more personally rewarding rather than frenetic and fast-paced.

Many of the charity and fundraising positions we recruit for at Morgan Hunt offer an incredibly varied working life where no two days are the same.

If you'd like to find out more about how we can help you make the move into the charity sector, get in touch.


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