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Charity Officer

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Charity Organiser
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Last Updated: March, 2014

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The title applies to various roles within charity work. The number of positions and nature of charity officer roles can differ greatly depending on the size of the organisations; some large charities require charity officers specialising in specific areas, for example marketing, fundraising, finance, public relations, or project/volunteer management.

The Work header image

Charity organisers have a management role in charities or voluntary organisations. In many ways, their aims are very similar to those of managers in business organisations - to make the most effective use of resources.  
A charity organiser's work depends very much on the size of the charity they work for. Some charities are very small and local, while others are large national organisations. In larger charities, the organiser may be responsible for planning and co-ordinating the work of departments responsible for activities such as fundraising, public relations and administration. The organiser is likely to be responsible for some or all of these functions. They promote volunteering to encourage people to take part and they attend committees and meetings.  
Many charity organisers are involved in financial management. They may be responsible for raising as much money as possible. This could mean co-ordinating the administration of donations from the public, or applying for grants from the government. These applications can involve lots of paperwork.  
The organiser may have to make important decisions about the way that the charity receives its funds. For example, there have been moves towards obtaining regular contributions through direct debit agreements and covenants, which are agreements to pay an annual sum to the charity.  
Some charity organisers take part in fundraising activities in the community. This could mean persuading a business to support the charity through sponsorship or staff fundraising. Organisers may plan money raising events like car boot sales, auctions, football matches, balls and dinner evenings. They may attend public meetings and events to collect large donations made by cheque and to thank the public.  
Sometimes charity organisers have some marketing duties. For example, they may persuade a local radio station to give a charity event free airtime. Charities may have support from famous people, so the organiser may negotiate with a celebrity to arrange their presence at an event.  
Organisers are often responsible for the recruitment, training and co-ordination of a team of volunteers. The organiser's level of contact with the volunteers will depend on the size of the charity and the type of activity the volunteers are involved in.  
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As a charity organiser, you must combine idealism, and commitment to the cause, with realism and practical skills.  
You will need strong administrative skills. Depending on the size of the charity, you may have few or no supporting staff, and may have to do routine tasks like handling cash, taking telephone calls and writing letters to thank people for their donations. You must be flexible, and prepared to help out when few volunteers are available.  
You must have good communication skills and a professional manner, to represent the charity, thank the public at fundraising events, arrange media cover, and negotiate the support of businesses. Charity fundraisers and retail managers need to be well organised, creative and determined. They must be able to work to very important financial targets, and cope with the responsibility this brings.  
Charity organisers must have good management skills. They need to respect the importance, rights and opinions of volunteers.

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Organisation: Volunteering Ireland
  Address: 18 Eustace Street. Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 636 9446
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