On a fundraiser apprenticeship course, you’ll help raise awareness and funds for charitable causes.

As part of a fundraising team within a charitable or not-for-profit organisation, you will be responsible for raising funds from a variety of sources, including but not limited to trusts and foundations, digital media, major donors, corporate partners, raffles and lotteries, payroll giving, events, community engagement, individual giving, gift aid, and legacies.

You will help create and maintain contacts to attract new sponsors and retain existing ones. In addition, you will be responsible for delivering day-to-day fundraising activities that provide the necessary income and engagement with supporters for the charitable purpose following agreed-upon targets and contribute to the implementation and execution of the fundraising strategy, projects, and plans.

A fundraiser will also research, analyse, and provide data to support any recommendations for growing fundraising activities.

What you’ll learn

On a fundraiser apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify and execute practical solutions that maximise organisational value in several ways.
  • Use data management and analysis (in compliance with data security requirements) to develop and deliver evidence to different stakeholders to support, validate, and/or analyse fundraising operations, such as analysing the effectiveness of a fundraising event.
  • Evaluate and make uncontrolled decisions quickly based on the current situation or surroundings.
  • Control, monitor, and analyse expenditure and/or financial fundraising operations to maximise spending on the organisation’s charitable mission, including Gift Aid.
  • Utilise various information sources (consistent with data protection requirements) to identify individuals, groups, or organisations that may provide practical help to the organisation.
  • Plan and prioritise your time to ensure that your fundraising activities are well-managed and maximise your fundraising potential.
  • Develop rapport and trust to recognise, engage, retain, and address the continuous needs of supporters and stakeholders and resolve differences constructively.
  • Identify and execute appropriate technological solutions to improve the effectiveness of processes, procedures, and the development of fundraising activities.
  • Adapt and change your presentation style and strategy to meet the needs of your audience.
  • Build a diverse internal and external network.
  • Use appropriate fundraising tactics such as networking, overcoming objections, negotiating, and making an ask to articulate and explain your organisation’s mission, objectives, and activities to convince others to support your cause.
  • Adapt your working style to the other person’s conditions or needs.
  • Identify, evaluate, and execute solutions when problems arise.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on the employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods: 

  • Case for support pitch, presentation with questions and answers
  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence 

Duration and level

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Level: 3 – Advanced Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 3 Fundraiser Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 2, 2022

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