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Fundraising Interview Questions

30 Fundraising Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
When have you been rejected before? How did you handle it?
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We have all been rejected at some point, and that is okay! The key is sharing how we have learned and grown from our rejections. Think back to a time when you were rejected from something. Maybe you didn't receive a job you were hoping for. Perhaps you didn't make the college football team. Or, maybe you were vying for a promotion, and it was given to your peer. Share an overview of what you were rejected for focusing on what you learned from the situation. Tell the interviewer how you positively handled the situation even though you were very disappointed. Finally, be sure to mention how you made the most of the outcome and are successful today even after the rejection.
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Question 2 of 30
What creative ideas have you seen work in fundraising?
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There are all sorts of creative ways to raise funds! Think about the fun things you have seen. You may have witnessed:

- A community Olympics or sports games event where teams pay to participate
- Trivia tournaments
- Auctions
- Dancing with the Stars Community Edition
- Gala
- Casino Nights
- Talent Shows
- Fashion Shows
- Jail Night - having people raise enough 'bail' money to get out of jail


Simply share 2-3 creative ideas you have witnessed! Here's an answer example: "For my college marketing association, that I was secretary for, we held an annual casino night at the college. Each year, the event alone was successful enough to meet our annual budget."
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"For my college marketing association, that I was secretary for, we held an annual casino night at the college. Each year, the event alone was successful enough to meet our annual budget."
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Question 3 of 30
Are you comfortable asking people for money?
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Absolutely! Fundraising is all about asking people for money in unique ways, and you are a pro at it to be in the field! Tell the interviewer that fundraising is asking people for money, and this is often done in outside of the box ways. Share that you enjoy collecting money to fundraise for whatever organization you are a part of, and you look forward to doing so for this company.
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Question 4 of 30
Tell me about a time when you led a group of people in a business assignment.
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The interviewer wants to hear about a positive experience you have had with leadership. Think about a time when you led a group either in the work environment or on a business class assignment when you were really proud of the outcome! Start off by giving the interviewer a high-level overview of what you were leading, and share that you enjoyed the experience. Discuss the positive outcome that the group had, and explain that you would gladly lead again!
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Question 5 of 30
What do you know about our projects, and the reason why we are raising funds?
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Question 6 of 30
Why do you want a career in fundraising?
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Question 7 of 30
How would you rate your leadership abilities?
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Question 8 of 30
What experience do you have that you believe relates to fundraising?
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Question 9 of 30
How will you motivate a volunteer to raise funds?
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Question 10 of 30
Why would you make a good fundraiser?
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First written on: 02/24/2016
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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Question 11 of 30
How would you rate your communication skills?
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Question 12 of 30
Do you believe in the cause for our fundraising?
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Question 13 of 30
Have you done any volunteer fundraising?
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Question 14 of 30
Fundraising is very hard work, are you up for the challenge?
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Question 15 of 30
How did you develop connections in your past fundraising position?
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Question 16 of 30
Do you need a worthy cause to do fundraising?
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Question 17 of 30
How persuasive are you?
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Question 18 of 30
What do you know about fundraising?
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Question 19 of 30
Have you worked in telemarketing before?
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Question 20 of 30
What motivates you in life?
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Question 21 of 30
Have you had any experience recruiting volunteers?
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Question 22 of 30
Tell me about your college education and how it will propel you in this field?
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Question 23 of 30
How would you describe your work ethic?
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Question 24 of 30
Have you ever led a fundraising campaign?
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Question 25 of 30
Some people in the business like to call this Fun Raising, do you agree?
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Question 26 of 30
Tell me about the biggest amount of capital you've raised?
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Question 27 of 30
What fundraising techniques would you want to use for our cause?
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Question 28 of 30
Do you feel passionate about our organization?
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Question 29 of 30
What sales experience do you have? If none, would you be willing to take sales training courses?
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Question 30 of 30
Would you host a dinner for potential donors?
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About Fundraising

August 17th, 2017

Fundraising or fund raising (also development) is the process of soliciting and gathering contributions as money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies (see also crowd funding).

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