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Community Question | How Can Someone Gain Experience In Fundraising?

Community Question | How Can Someone Gain Experience In Fundraising?

While searching for a job, it can be frustrating to find a position that seems interesting, exciting, and for a good cause, but requires a bit more experience than you have. Nashay, a member of the Idealist.org – Job Seekers group on LinkedIn, recently asked the following question:

"I’d like to work in fundraising/development, but I don’t have any specific experience in this field. Should I begin by writing grants for my own creative projects to get experience? Are there other ways to approach the field? Is there anyone here who writes grants for a living that can give me specific advice?"

Community members responded by encouraging Nashay to take a development internship or volunteer position to gain hands-on experience, or ask her contacts if they need help with fundraising and learn from people she already knows.

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