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13 Mar 14

Announcing The Streets Ahead Research Project

Posted by Rory White

This week, Flow Caritas is launching an important research project; Streets Ahead: Mapping the career transitions from street fundraising into charity fundraising departments. Since we specialise in recruiting people for marketing and fundraising roles, as well as recruiting fundraisers to work with charities’ in-house street teams, we are well placed to have spotted a growing trend.

More and more people working in charity fundraising departments started their careers as street fundraisers. A lot of these alumni have come through Flow’s ranks and you can see case studies of a few of them on our website here. But this trend isn’t unique to Flow – this career progression has been emanating from street fundraising agencies over the past 10 to 15 years

Our research will aim to map this career progression from street fundraising into charity fundraising departments. This will allow us to give clear advice and guidance to anyone who wants a career in the voluntary sector and is wondering whether replying to a street fundraising job advert is the best way to go about it.

The survey is open to anyone who started as a street fundraiser and then moved to work in another area of charity fundraising and we’d love it if you took part. To participate in the survey, follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FlowStreetsAhead

When Flow started 10 years ago, it’s fair to say that many people probably didn’t become street fundraisers because they were trying for a career in the not-for-profit sector. I don’t want to second guess what our research is going to tell us, but that’s my gut feeling.

Today though, we have evolved to a situation were street fundraising is a genuine entry point for a career in the voluntary sector, done by committed, values-driven young men and women who are passionate about the causes they work for and their role as a fundraisers.

We can’t wait to see the results of the Streets Ahead research, which will be announced later in the year.