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I’ve run the Race for the Cure in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for many years, along with about a million other participants. To enter you need to raise a certain amount of money, all of which gets donated to the cause. In addition the run is sponsored by Yoplait, which surely donates money as well. A person focused on development for the Komen Foundation created this run for the purpose of raising funds. A Development Coordinator for a non-profit creates strategies for securing money and oversees the details of those programs to help support the organization.

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Development Coordinator Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Development Coordinator Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Development Coordinator
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Development Coordinator
  4. Best Locations for Development Coordinators
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Development Coordinator
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career as a Development Coordinator
  7. Development Coordinator Resources
  8. Careers Related to Development Coordination
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Development Coordination

What a Development Coordinator Does

A person who focuses on development for a nonprofit is responsible for soliciting and gathering voluntary contributions like money or other resources. A development coordinator does this by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. They coordinate all fundraising strategies and are responsible for most aspects of fundraising programs. As such that are responsible for identifying new donors and organizing initiatives to solicit funding as well as assisting in developing major gift opportunities and writing grant proposals.

A Typical Day for a Development Coordinator

While there is no typical day for a fundraiser here are some of the tasks you might encounter:

Salary and Career Progression for a Development Coordinator

The median salary for a development coordinator is $49,375. You might go on to become a Development Director–the senior financial officer of an organization, company, or corporation–and make about $90,000 per year. Beyond that you could become an Executive Director of a nonprofit and make between $33,000-$109,000 per year.

Best Locations for Development Coordinators

Here are some hot spots for development coordinators:

Pros and Cons of Being a Development Coordinator

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What You Need to Know for a Career as a Development Coordinator

To be a development coordinator you’ll generally need a bachelor’s degree in an area of specialty and some experience in the field (so start volunteering!). You’ll need to be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. You’ll also need to have good judgement, the ability to multi-task, excellent written and oral communication skills, and attention to detail.

Development Coordinator Resources

If being a development coordinator still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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