What does a Theatre Fundraiser do?

A Fundraiser's main responsibilities are to seek financial support for a charity, event, project or organisation. A Theatre Fundraiser’s main aim is to raise money for a theatre and they will achieve this through a number of activities such as organising social events that raise money.

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What are the main responsibilities of a Theatre Fundraiser?

  • Increase the contributions of individuals and groups to the theatre 
  • Build relationships and maintain a network of key people
  • Explore new fundraising opportunities from various sources
  • Raise awareness for the theatre 
  • Inspire new supporters to raise money, while maintaining and developing relationships with existing supporters
  • Develop and organise new events
  • Develop and coordinate web-based fundraising and merchandise sales
  • Develop and implement a strategy for individual and corporate supporters

What qualifications do I need to be a Theatre Fundraiser?

You do not need any formal qualifications to be a Fundraiser, however a qualification in one of the following areas would be beneficial:

  • Events
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Business

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What skills do I need to become a Theatre Fundraiser?

  • Ability to network
  • Build and maintain relationships with supporters
  • A proactive attitude, drive and enthusiasm to carry out projects
  • The ability to influence others using excellent communication skills
  • Work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to meet financial targets
  • Good organisation and project management skills

What does a career as a Theatre Fundraiser look like?

This could be a possible career path if you are able to demonstrate that you are capable of undertaking the tasks required in the role and you have relevant transferable experience. 

A large percentage of Theatre Fundraisers have short-term contracts. Although based in the office a large proportion of your time will be spent meeting supporters, networking and managing the production of fundraising events. 

How much does a Theatre Fundraiser earn?

The salary for a general fundraising role can range between £15K and £22K however, those in a more senior position can earn between £25K and £40K. 

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Published: 5 December 2019