Three of my clients’ small charities have advertised for fundraisers recently, using most of the channels available including the Guardian. Yet all of them have gone into second rounds and only one has found the person it wanted, who happened to be the only suitable applicant.
A while ago the huge number of adverts for fundraisers seemed to draw in many more young people to the profession. A raft of courses and qualifications grew and grew, including the Institute of Fundraising’s excellent Certificate in Fundraising; but it appears that those taking the courses were fundraisers who were already in the profession, and new talent was slow in joining the sector.
There seems to be a disjuncture here between what I hear from a privileged position sitting on committees, i.e. that we are attracting new bright young talent, and the practical reports from the field that there are no fundraisers to be found.
Are the number of jobs outstripping new entrants to the field?