Fundraising: Sector is 'short of major gift experts'

The sector is suffering from a shortage of experienced major gift fundraisers that could take up to 10 years to remedy, according to Caroline Underwood, recently appointed as the first director of philanthropy and partnerships at Save the Children.

A number of training courses designed to plug this gap have been set up, but it will take time for inexperienced fundraisers to develop the skills they need to manage this kind of fundraising, Underwood said.

"Lots of people are coming in at entry level, but very few enter at the top," she said in an interview with Third Sector. "People are starting to develop the skills, but the best major gift fundraisers are those who have been trained in-house."

Underwood's post has been created in response to a new generation of wealthy philanthropists and corporate donors (Third Sector Online, 22 January).

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