Fundraisers are feeling more highly valued and better supported in their jobs, figures from this year's Charity Pulse survey reveal.
Seventy per cent of respondents to the annual charity staff satisfaction survey, which is run by Third Sector and Birdsong Charity Consulting, feel their views are listened to and valued by their organisations. This is a rise of six percentage points from last year and comes after three years of decline.
A higher proportion of fundraisers feel supported in their roles than last year, the survey also found. Fifty nine per cent of the 340 fundraisers answering the survey say they get the support they need to do their jobs well – up from 51 per cent in 2010.
Fundraisers are also less worried about losing their jobs than other charity staff, the survey shows. Thirty one per cent of fundraisers are worried about their job security, compared with the charity average of 39 per cent.
Fundraisers are also more likely to have been praised in the last week than other staff, the poll shows.
However, feelings of stress have steadily increased: 39 per cent of respondents say they get stressed at work, compared with only 26 per cent in the first report in 2007.
Frances Hurst, the co-founder of Birdsong Charity Consulting, said charities seemed to be more appreciative of the importance of fundraising in a tighter financial climate.
"With the pressure on income, it seems senior managers are valuing fundraisers more than they did in the past," she said. "Times are tough and fundraisers are seen as people who need to be nurtured; they are the ones who can dig the charity out of a hole."
But she warned managers that organisational politics and conflicting priorities were making stress more of an issue for fundraisers, which could push them into leaving.
"My message to senior managers would be that fundraisers don't have to stay in an organisation with a poor working environment. The job market, especially for more experienced fundraisers, is still pretty buoyant."
The full results of the survey will be published in Third Sector next week.