COVID changed everything for students. Would there be placements? Would there be jobs? While the reality is still unfolding, the Fundraising Management program continues to prove to be a valuable skill set charitable organizations are pursuing. With 100% of last year’s graduating class finding work placements, we are now learning about several recent alumni landing full-time positions.
Read the career success stories from two of our most recent graduates below.
I completed Humber’s Fundraising Management program this past summer and am now the Senior Coordinator of Donor Engagement at Humber River Hospital Foundation. Within my role, I create naming opportunity proposals, develop donor recognition strategies, and implement processes to support the development team.
As a student at Humber, my professors were fundraising professionals and helped weave day-to-day experience into their lesson plans o craft a more relevant and exciting curriculum. Their anecdotes and shared experiences meant I was more than just understanding best practices, but genuinely comprehending how and when to apply my learning.
After finishing the program, my internship was on the Community Giving team at Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. My internship allowed me the opportunity to apply and experiment with all that I had learned, gaining experience and confidence in my fundraising abilities.
The job-hunting process in a COVID world is daunting, but there are still great roles out there! My biggest takeaways are the continued importance of networking and kicking imposter syndrome to the curb.
I am currently working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMHF), as an Integrated Marketing Assistant. My main roles include data management, reporting on KPI's, and working with the digital and direct marketing teams to execute fundraising tactics.
I am currently working at the organization where I completed my internship. The connections I made through the Fundraising program were instrumental in securing that internship opportunity. I have also seen how prepared the program has made me for a fundraising role firsthand. During my internship and training for this new role, I have been able to jump in quickly, working with Raiser's Edge and developing direct marketing packages.
Doing an internship and onboarding a new role completely virtually has definitely been a learning experience, but I have found that being honest where I need extra opportunities for communication and arriving early to meetings to be able to connect with organization members outside of my team has been the most beneficial to me.