Fundraiser Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Fundraiser job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

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Resume Skills: Fundraising Platforms

Resume Skills: Communication & Outreach

  • Direct Mail
  • Telemarketing
  • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
  • Fundraising Event Planning
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Email Marketing Platforms (MailChimp, Campaign Monitor, Constant Contact)
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Resume Skills: Data Analysis

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: Software

Resume Skills: Fundraising Techniques

Resume Skills: Writing & Editing Tools

Resume Skills: Grant Research Databases

Resume Skills: Grant Application Portals

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Sample Fundraiser Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

Add keywords directly into your resume's work experiences, education or Skills section, like we've shown in the examples below. Use the examples below as inspiration.

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Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE January 2018 - Present
Senior Fundraiser
Revitalized stewardship program and incorporated innovative marketing strategies, increasing annual gifts by 35%
Orchestrated community outreach programs, securing over $500k in corporate fundraising within the first year
Led a diverse volunteer management team, boosting event turnouts by 50% and raising total donations by 40%
Initiated engaging social media marketing campaigns, expanding community engagement and delivering a 28% increase in online donations
Streamlined the donor research process, reducing time spent on data collection by 30% while maintaining accuracy
Save The Children June 2015 - December 2017
Leveraged event planning expertise to curate unique charity events, resulting in increased ticket sales by 60% and overall fundraising by 45%
Implemented social media campaigns, which expanded the charity's reach, enhancing public relations and increased donor count by 50%
Adopted innovative fundraising strategies, resulting in an increased funding pool by $400k in the first two years
Resume Worded November 2012 - May 2015
Junior Fundraiser
Contributed to the planning and execution of major fundraising events, helping to engage 200+ attendees and raising over $50k each event
Supported the cultivation and stewardship of relationships with donors, playing a part in a 20% increase in recurring donations
Assisted in managing and recruiting volunteers, improving efficiency by 15%
Resume Worded University May 2017
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Nonprofit Management
Recipient of the Social Impact Scholarship for exceptional contributions to community engagement
Conducted in-depth field project analyzing philanthropic giving trends in emerging markets
Resume Worded University June 2012
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Marketing
Coursework included: Market Research, Strategic Communication, Consumer Behavior, and Fundraising Techniques
Graduated Suma Cum Laude, member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors Society
Fundraising Platforms: DonorPerfect, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, GreaterGiving, Classy, GoFundMe Charity, Double the Donation
Communication & Outreach: Direct Mail, Telemarketing, Peer-to-Peer Fundraising, Fundraising Event Planning, Social Media Campaigns, Email Marketing Platforms (MailChimp, Campaign Monitor, Constant Contact)
Data Analysis: Excel, Tableau, SPSS, Google Analytics, A/B Testing, SQL
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Leadership & Volunteering: Volunteer Fundraiser, Local Animal Shelter (2013-Present), Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters, (2010-2017)
Courses: Advanced Social Media Marketing, HubSpot Academy (2020), Strategic Planning and Leadership, Coursera (2018)
Awards & Recognitions: Top Fundraiser Award, (2019, 2020), Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Community Impact Award
Your Name
Donor Relationships Manager
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE March 2019 - Present
Donor Relations Manager
Revamped donor stewardship processes and relationships, leading to a 25% boost in overall donations
Implemented a targeted approach for major donors, influencing a 40% increase in large-scale contributions
Led the planning and execution of donor appreciation events, raising donor retention rates by 30%
Deployed targeted social media campaigns to garner donor engagement, resulting in a 15% increase in donor-related online interactions
Utilized CRM software to segment and manage top donors, helping to provide personalized communication and boosting donor satisfaction by 20%
UNICEF January 2016 - February 2019
Fundraising Coordinator
Planned and coordinated multi-channel fundraising campaigns, surpassing annual fundraising goals by 30%
Managed a portfolio of 50+ major donors and led targeted stewardship efforts, resulting in an enhanced donor relationship
Created donor-specific content for social media platforms, successfully increasing online engagement by 35%
Resume Worded May 2012 - December 2015
Fundraising Assistant
Assisted in organizing fundraising events, contributing to a 35% increase in yearly donations
Collaborated on a team to engage community support, supporting the organization's mission and reaching 500+ community members
Resume Worded Institute Apr 2016
Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Named among top 10% performers
Resume Worded University May 2012
Bachelor of Arts - Social Work
Relevant Coursework: Philanthropic Studies, Fundraising and Development, Organizational Leadership
Software: Donor Management Software (DonorPerfect, Bloomerang), Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint)
Fundraising Techniques: Direct Mail, Fundraising Events, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Sponsorship, Grants, Donor Relations
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) (2020)
Leadership & Volunteering: Big Sisters Association (Mentor - 5 years), Homeless Shelter Soup Kitchen (Volunteer - 3 years)
Your Name
Grant Writer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded October 2017 - Present
Senior Grant Writer
Successfully secured $2M in grant funding in 2020, surpassing target by 15%
Drafted and edited compelling grant proposals, achieving an average success rate of 65%
Conducted high-level research to identify potential new grant opportunities, resulting in a 25% increase in project funding
Developed a comprehensive grants calendar to track application timelines, improving adherence to deadlines by 40%
Pioneered a new database for easier grant management, improving process efficiency by 30%
United Way April 2013 - September 2017
Grant Writer
Authored and managed grant proposals, leading to the procurement of $1M in annual grants
Enhanced the grant application process resulting in a 20% increase in the success rate
Managed relationships with non-profit organizations, helping to secure recurring funding for several key programs January 2010 - March 2013
Fundraising Assistant
Assisted in securing over $350k in grant money in a fiscal year, exceeding the annual goal by 10%
Contributed to managing donor relationships which led to a 15% increase in recurring gifts
Resume Worded University May 2012
Master of Arts - English, specialized in Rhetoric and Composition
Thesis: 'Non-profit Contexts: A Rhetorical Analysis of Grant Writing Techniques'
Resume Worded Institute May 2008
Bachelor of Arts - Journalism
Minors in Community Engagement, Non-Profit Management
Named 'Outstanding Senior in Journalism, 2008' by the faculty
Writing & Editing Tools: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Google Docs, Grammarly
Grant Research Databases: Foundation Center, Guidestar, eCivis Grants Network
Grant Application Portals:, JustGrants, Grant Solutions, PhilanTrack
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Professional Working), French (Intermediate)
Certifications: Certified Grant Writer (CGW), American Grant Writers' Association (2019)
Leadership & Volunteering: Board Member, Non-Profit Alliance (2017-present); Volunteer Grant Writer, Save the Children (2016-present)
Awards: Named 'Best Grant Writer', National Fundraising Awards (2015, 2017)
Professional Affiliation: Member, American Grant Writers' Association (2013-present)
Your Name
Nonprofit Executive Director
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Habitat for Humanity April 2017 - Present
Executive Director
Drove a comprehensive strategic plan that resulted in a 35% increase in annual revenue over a span of two years
Negotiated and forged alliances with other nonprofits, effectively broadening our network and increasing the organization's reach into untapped communities by 40%
Implemented rigorous financial controls, resulting in annual savings amounting to over $100,000
Developed a high-performing senior leadership team which expedited decision-making and increased operational efficiency by 20%
Advanced the administration of the planned giving program, contributing an additional $1.5M to the organization’s funds
Heartbeat International December 2013 - March 2017
Operations Manager
Improved the nonprofit management model, resulting in a 15% increase in donor engagement
Implemented a new volunteer recruitment strategy, raising volunteer numbers by 50%
Managed the event management team, resulting in a 25% increase in event attendance
Resume Worded Institute May 2015
Master’s in Public Administration
Specialization in Nonprofit Management
Resume Worded University May 2011
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Minor in Business Administration
Awards: Dean's List 2009 (Top 10%)
Project Management: Strategic Planning, Program Development, Budget Management, Performance Metrics
Fundraising: Grant Writing, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Sponsorship Negotiations, Fundraising Event Planning
Communication: Public Speaking, Community Outreach, Media Relations, Critical Writing, Advocacy
Certifications: Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) – Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
Awards: Recipient, Outstanding Executive Award – National Council of Nonprofits, 2019
Volunteering: Board Member, Community Aid Foundation
Your Name
Philanthropy Officer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE June 2019 - Present
Senior Philanthropy Officer
Organized and presided over 3 annual fundraising campaigns, raising in total over $2M and marking a 25% increase in the company’s annual giving.
Improved donor management strategy significantly, leading to a 30% increase in donor retention rate.
Fostered community engagement by coordinating major gift development, resulting in an increased community outreach.
Spearheaded board development program to promote participation in philanthropic activities, increasing active board members by 40%.
Initiated a new planned giving strategy, which boosted long-term donations by 50%.
Resume Worded January 2017 - May 2019
Philanthropy Officer
Played a key role in stewardship program, improving relations with major donors and increasing donations by 20%.
Spearheaded a major publicity drive to promote philanthropy activities, leading to an increase of 15% in volunteer engagement.
Conducted comprehensive prospect research, which led to a 15% growth in potential donor pool.
UNICEF May 2015 - December 2016
Fundraising Coordinator
Developed and implemented successful fundraising campaigns, increasing annual funds raised by 30%.
Coordinated a series of community development projects, fostering a 200% increase in active local participation.
Organized monthly newsletters to keep donors updated, leading to a 10% improvement in donor retention.
Resume Worded Academic Center June 2018
Master of Business Administration - Nonprofit Management
MBA Scholar, graduated top 10% of class
Resume Worded University May 2015
Bachelor's Degree - Sociology
Minor in Nonprofit Leadership
Dean's list graduate
Fundraising Techniques: Major Gift Fundraising, Corporate Fundraising, Digital Fundraising, Planned Giving, Fundraising Event Planning, Grantwriting
Software & Tools: Salesforce, Blackbaud, DonorPerfect, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Zoho CRM, Adobe Creative Suite
Data Analysis: Statistical Analysis, Data Interpretation, Trend Forecasting, Donor Analysis, Campaign Performance Tracking
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational), French (Basic)
Certifications: Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Advanced Proposal Writing - The Foundation Center
Leadership & Volunteering: Board Member - Local Food Bank, Volunteer Coordinator - Run for Charity Event
Awards: Best Fundraising Campaign - Fundraising Awards 2020, Best Use of Digital - Fundraising Awards 2019
Professional Development: Attended Annual Nonprofit Fundraising Conference (2017-2020), Completed Coursera Course: 'Fundraising and Development Foundations'
Your Name
Senior Philanthropy Officer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded August 2018 - Present
Senior Philanthropy Officer
Revamped major gift development program, growing revenue by $5M within three years.
Implemented a rigorous donor management system that identified and organized donor information and preferences, resulting in an improved donor experience and 30% more recurring donations.
Developed an engaging board development training program, resulting in 45% more board members with advanced stewardship skills.
Elevated nonprofit management with a new strategic plan, facilitating up to 20% increase in operational efficiency.
Enhanced community outreach through a systematic planning of events, improving engagement by 35%. March 2016 - July 2018
Philanthropy Officer
Executed Annual Giving Campaign that surpassed goal by 25% thereby bringing in an extra $1M.
Established an innovative volunteer management system, boosting volunteer satisfaction rate by 20%.
Led a successful planned giving initiative, which increased total planned gifts by 35%.
Red Cross January 2014 - February 2016
Fundraising Specialist
Organized fundraising events, boosting the organization’s annual funding by $100,000.
Managed and cultivated relationships with donors, leading to an 18% increase in donations.
Introduced a new method for tracking and reporting fundraising metrics, saving up to 15 hours of work per week.
Resume Worded University January 2014
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Nonprofit Management
Specialized in Nonprofit Leadership and Strategy
Resume Worded Academic Center December 2013
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)
Distinguished as one of the youngest recipients of the certification
Fundraising Strategies: Endowment Building, Major Gifting, Donor Stewardship, Capital Campaigns, Planned Giving, Grant Writing
Nonprofit Software: Salesforce, Blackbaud Raiser's Edge, Constant Contact, Canva, Microsoft Office Suite (Advanced)
Performance Metrics: Net Revenue Growth, Return On Investment (ROI), Relationship Building, Sustainability and Growth Projection
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Leadership & Volunteering: President, Philanthropy Professionals Network; Organized events to discuss industry's best practices & trends
Certifications: Certified in Nonprofit Accounting (CNPA)
Training: Completed leadership development program at the Donor Relations Guru Group
Your Name
Head of Philanthropy
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE September 2020 - Present
Head of Philanthropy
Led the team in executing a record-breaking Annual Giving campaign, raising $2M in funds, a 20% increase over the previous year.
Conducted detailed prospect research, which resulted in a steep 60% increase in the pool of potential donors.
Developed a strong volunteer management program, amplifying volunteer contributions by 40%.
Streamlined nonprofit organizations' management, improving efficiency by 30%.
Designed and managed effective community outreach programs, driving a 25% increase in community participation and donations.
Resume Worded March 2018 - August 2020
Senior Philanthropy Officer
Coordinated stewardship initiatives, enhancing donor relationships and resulted in a 15% increase in donations.
Developed a range of high-quality newsletters and public relations content, improving donor communication and enhancing annual giving by 10%.
Implemented a new donor management strategy, which increased donor retention by 25%.
Oxfam International February 2016 - February 2018
Philanthropy Officer
Played a strategic role in raising $500K in funds through innovative fundraising initiatives.
Facilitated continual growth of volunteer base through the creation of an effective recruitment strategy, increasing volunteer numbers by 20%.
Resume Worded University December 2018
Master of Business Administration, Concentration in Social Impact
Winner, Resume Worded Case Competition in Philanthropic Strategies
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2015
Bachelor of Arts – International Relations and Global Affairs
Minors in Sociology and Nonprofit Management
Graduated Magna cum Laude with a GPA of 3.8/4.0
Philanthropic Strategy: Fundraising Planning, Branding, Donor Relationship Management, Community Outreach, Public Policy Advocacy, Campaign Management
Technical Skills: CRM Softwares (Salesforce, Blackbaud), Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Data Analysis (SPSS, Python), Project Management (Asana, Trello), Social Media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)
Languages: English (native), Spanish (fluent), French (conversational)
Certifications: Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) (2020), Certificate in Nonprofit Management (2019)
Leadership & Volunteering: Board Member, New York City Outreach Foundation (2019-present), Volunteer, Helping Hands Community Center (2015-2020)
Projects: Established the ‘Give Back’ initiative, leading a team of 50+ volunteers to raise $1M for local education charities
Awards: President's Award for Innovation in Philanthropy (2021), Resume Worded Rising Star Award (2019)
Your Name
Development Director
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE January 2021 - Present
Development Director
Boosted Annual Giving results by 35% by implementing a targeted donor engagement strategy.
Overhauled the Philanthropy program, driving a 10% increase in high net worth donations.
Increased grant funding by $500,000 through strategic writing and followup.
Reorganized the Stewardship program, boosting reoccurring donations by 25%.
Integrated Raiser's Edge donor management software, improving tracking and increasing engagement by 15%.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology June 2016 - December 2020
Senior Fundraising Manager
Initiated and drove an annual crowdfunding campaign, attracting 1,000+ new donors and raising $100,000+.
Increased donor recognition by 20% by improving the Donor Recognition program.
Coordinated annual events, securing 500+ attendees and fostering increased community outreach.
American Red Cross January 2014 - May 2016
Philanthropy Officer
Increased donor engagement by leveraging direct mail fundraising techniques, contributing to a 10% rise in annual giving.
Built robust donor relationships, contributing to a 15% increase in planned giving.
Facilitated volunteer management initiatives that led to a 20% surge in volunteer participation.
Resume Worded Institute May 2012
Executive Master's in Business Administration
Focus on Nonprofit Leadership and Strategy
Resume Worded University May 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Minor in Public Policy
Received full academic scholarship
Fundraising: Major Gift Fundraising, Annual Campaigns, Planned Giving, Events Planning, Corporate Fundraising, Grant Writing
Development Tools: Raisers Edge, Donor Pro, Salesforce, NetCommunity, DonorPerfect, Charity Buzz
Other: Strategic Planning, Nonprofit Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Branding & Promotion, Communication Strategy, Legal Compliance
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent)
Certifications: Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Certified Nonprofit Accountant (CNA)
Professional Affiliations: Member of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Member of National Committee on Planned Giving
Volunteering: Board Member of Local Built Environment Charity, Coach with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
Awards: Received Impact Award for Best Fundraising Campaign 2020, Philanthropy Officer of the Year 2016

How do I add skills to a Fundraiser resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Fundraiser posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Social Media, Charities and Public Relations are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Event Management and Nonprofit Organizations.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Fundraising, Volunteer Management and Event Planning - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Community Outreach, Marketing and Social Media Marketing - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Fundraiser, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Fundraiser Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Fundraiser job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Fundraiser Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

Fundraiser Soft Skills

Here are common soft skills that appear on Fundraiser job postings. Unlike hard skills, which refer to tools, software or techniques, soft skills focus on character traits and interpersonal skills. Instead of listing these phrases on your resume, try to show them through your bullet points like in the examples below.

  • Communication

Tip: Do not list these words or phrases on your resume, and instead focus on the hard skills we described above.

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Fundraiser Resume Templates

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Frequently Asked Questions

What hard skills should you include on a Fundraiser resume?

Some effective Fundraiser skills you can add to your resume include:

  • Fundraising
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Volunteer Management
  • Charities
  • Event Planning
  • Event Management
  • Social Media
  • Public Relations

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