Human Development and Family Studies
Section II | Development/Fundraising
Nature of the Job
Successful fund raising requires many of the same skills as does successful community relations work. Development officers must have excellent interpersonal skills, good public speaking and writing skills, and the ability to communicate well with the media. They also need background or ability to learn some basics in financial management and accounting. Skills particular to fund raising, often acquired during internships and on-the-job training, include effective ways to make contact with and work with potential donors.
Where You Might Work
Development positions are available in many settings—nonprofit organizations, hospitals, educational institutions, political organizations—to name a few. There also are firms devoted to consulting and assisting with fundraising efforts. Fundraising may be a component of community relations or outreach positions.
Suggested Areas for Minor/Collateral:
- Communication Studies
- Public Relations
Suggested Internship Sites for HDFS 4314:
- Covenant Hospital Foundation (Development Office)
- St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
- TTU College of Human Sciences Development
- Many other sites—request development work
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