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what do you actually do?
Depending on the size and set-up of the charity, most of the jobs are the same as you'd find in most companies: finance, IT, office management, press/comms/PR/marketing, etc.
The only things which are really distinct are fundraising (which is still broadly comparable to a sales force anywhere else) and service delivery which, obviously, depending on the cause could be feeding the homeless or providing counselling to those with depression or teaching kids about sexual health issues or lobbying the government of Pakistan to improve the rights of women. All sorts.
Not sure if you're taking the piss but...I've worked for three very different charities, currently the largest UK children's charity, within corporate fundraising.
I basically approach and form relationships with companies with the aim of a standard employee fundraising partnership, cause-related marketing, sponsorship, affinity marketing or other ways of increasing income for us for them. It's a massively competitive sector with charities competing against eachother to secure the partnership, usually through pitching to the senior management or proposals. We've recently put together a sponsorship proposal that is currently sitting with the top sports marketing agencies, whilst we're also confirming that we will be benefiting from a technology industry event at xmas, for example. The partnerships we aim for are worth upwards of £100k or the daddy of all, Tesco, worth £8m.
It's incredibly varied with opportunities to meet so many interesting people, but of course with the added bonus of knowing everything you do is helping a cause. I always tell people to take their skills and use them in the third sector if they are not happy where they are.
Some of my marketing colleagues are so talented it hurts, considering the budgets they work with.
So, if it's a serious question, hope that helps.
I was genuinely interested, I see how my op seems a bit sarcastic so apologies
Genuinely wasn't sure. I work in fundraising too and have worked for a pretty broad range of causes - I suspect between us (and a good few others on here that work for charities) we'd be able to answer any questions you might have, so fire away...
Who have failed to grasp the most basic instructions and then advise them that can get £1,000s of pounds worth of education and then they moan that they have to fill in some forms to get this and complain that I'm being unhelpful.
through the medium of publishing.
translating the research we fund into lay-friendly language for our supporters/media/government.
She did support work. Which amounts to the same thing, on a more one-to-one level I suppose. Do you sign at all?
And manage our high value and community giving's communications output
bit bored of working for dickheads who just want to find another way to save a million pounds
either your heart's in the right place or it's not.
what a prize bell you are!* super provocative this morning, bro.
but I'll rise: if you're a charity, and you want to attract the best people to do work like media / PR / fundraising (as examples), are you really expecting them to work for free, in their spare time at evenings and weekends?
As has been previously mentioned, the roles you find in any charity are fairly similar to any business of a comparable size. We don't sit around all day counting pennies from buckets.
As an aside, when I first started a colleague told me that Cancer Research UK, amongst other large charities, are big enough to rank amongst the FTSE100 companies, when you take into account their workforce / budget etc.
to bounce up to people and go 'HAI!' whilst waving my filthy whiteboy dreadlocks about and spinning my clipboard around like a cretin.
pretty much the same as being a web editor anywhere else to be honest, but it's a nice place to work and I genuinely feel like we're doing good stuff and helping people so that's nice for a job.