Development Coordinator

Keep track of donations made to non-profits.

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Salary Range
$18,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Development Coordinators do?

At most nonprofit organizations, the Development Director is so busy wooing wealthy donors and honing fundraising strategies that they don’t have time to deal with most of the details. That’s where you come in as the Development Coordinator: you do the nitty gritty work that allows organizations to receive the funding necessary to carry out their missions.

Tracking donations is a bit like adding up the checks you got at your graduation party; but there’s an actual database to monitor ongoing activity, plus the money goes toward programs for the greater good rather than your new laptop and clothes. For donations made by check, Development Coordinators may need to enter the information manually and send thank you letters in the mail to donors. For online donations, you may be responsible for setting up accounts with various fundraising sites and applications so that people can contribute in as few clicks as possible.

But to get those donations in the first place, there is a lot of work to be done. Development Coordinators plan fundraising events such as holiday galas, silent auctions, and 5K runs. You write emails to lists of people who have shown participation or support in the past, to try to turn them into regular contributors. You do research to find grants that your organization is eligible for. If the work seems tedious at times, at least you’ll know you’re contributing to an important cause—and maybe even training to be a Development Director one day.

Should I be a Development Coordinator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

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