The success of a particular fundraiser or charity is highly reliant on the quality of the fundraiser chair. The chair organizes the fundraiser, makes the final decisions relating to the event and oversees all facets of the project in general. A good fund-raising chair will have experience in a variety of fields and a strong network of contacts in the community.
A fund-raising chairperson’s first goal is to develop or review current fund-raising strategies. This also includes meeting with the executive board or board of advisers to clearly define fund-raising goals and objectives. If the organization has a mission statement, the chairman uses the mission statement as a guideline to create a strategy. The chairperson also reviews past campaigns and analyzes the financial strategies and techniques of the organization.
The chairperson must have a vision for fund-raising ideas. The chairperson typically introduces fund-raising ideas to executive management and co-workers, seeking their feedback. The chairperson presents their ideas for discussion, mediation and consideration. Once the idea is accepted or approved, the chairperson can begin to target resources through formal proposals to solicit funds from corporations, businesses and through the grant writing process.
A chairperson is constantly meeting and networking with organizations such as rotary clubs, chamber of commerce groups, business development groups and government associations to solicit support for a fund-raising activity. Therefore, the individual must be engaging, outgoing, pleasant with the ability to motivate individuals and organizations to support a fund-raising cause. If the chairperson has a co-worker, the chairperson typically works with the individual to establish his goals and objectives related to organizational fund raising.
No set educational requirements exist for a fund-raising chairperson. The position typically depends on experience from past positions and a proven track record as a fund-raising consultant. Most people in this position have a bachelor's degree in liberal arts or liberal studies, business, communications, marketing or advertising. Many chairpersons have learned on the job through community non-profit organizations.