The Irish are famous for their charitable nature and generosity: we are the 5th most generous country according to the 2018 CAF World Giving Index! In addition, fundraising and non-profits are benefiting greatly from the latest upswing in the economy, so this is a fantastic sector to be involved in right now.
In the current competitive job market, non-profits need dynamic, enthusiastic, motivated people to help whatever cause they believe in and are passionate about. This is where you come in. From charities to community and voluntary groups, from social enterprises to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), this is a very broad sector offering amazing opportunities for experience in fundraising specifically and in all areas of non-profit management.
The roles and careers available within an organisation are as diverse as the sector itself. You may like to experience working at the coal face with service users by working with carers, social workers, therapists, project managers, advocacy officers, nurses, doctors and trainers among many others.
Alternatively, you might prefer to help keep the organisation running by assisting in the finance, HR, administration, legal, marketing, fundraising and management side.
If fundraising is a particular interest, you should know that raising money for charity is something that the Irish get fully and personally invested in, so this placement will be a busy one for you! You will get hands-on involvement in fundraising campaigns and help in all aspects of non-profit management. You will experience the difference these organisations make to people’s lives and be involved is something truly special.