Defining Fundraising Roles

A point of dispute within many nonprofits is Who does what?” as it relates to raising funds.  Fundraising is a team sport that requires a clear understanding of each others roles and responsibilities.

Below are some common fundraising responsibilities based on the role within the nonprofit organization. The lists are abbreviated and adapted from BoardSource’s curriculum – The Board’s Role in Fundraising.

The Board’s Role in FR

  • Sets fundraising priorities
  • Ensures there is an annual fundraising plan and monitors its progress
  • Creates fundraising and donor recognition policies
  • Participates and supports fundraising efforts

The Executive Director/CEO’s Role in FR

  • Serves as the organization’s representative to potential funders and the community
  • Ensures day to day management of fundraising activities
  • Hires and supervises development staff
  • Initiates and assists the board in developing resource development policy

The Development/Fundraising Committee’s Role

  • Leads the board’s participation in fundraising
  • Works with board/staff to develop a fundraising plan
  • Leads the board’s effort in identifying, cultivating, and approaching major donors

Individual Board Member’s Role

  • Makes a meaningful personal contribution
  • Identifies, evaluates, and cultivates prospects
  • Organizes and attends special events
  • Thanks donors

Every nonprofit is unique – you must consider how to best breakdown fundraising responsibilities as it relates to your structure and goals. Contact JPS to discuss how we can assist you in creating a clear understanding of fundraising responsibilities throughout your organization.