Fundraising: What's My Job? | National Democratic Training Committee

Fundraising: What’s My Job?

By Kelly Dietrich
30 min

What You’ll Learn

  • The type of role you might have on a campaign’s fundraising team
  • What your responsibilities might include
  • How to identify traits and skills you already have that lend themselves well to a fundraising role

Why This is Important

Whether you’re just starting out on campaigns and hoping to get into fundraising or trying to make a transition into the fundraising department, you already have skills and experiences that will serve you well in a fundraising role. Take stock of those existing strengths — and the areas you may need to focus a little more intently to be comfortable with — to help guide you as you go through our trainings and get ready for a campaign fundraising job.

Key Resources

  • Glossary

Related Trainings

  • Starting a Career in Politics — If you haven’t already, take this course to explore all the departments on campaigns and figure out where you might fit best
  • Intro to Fundraising — Once you have a 10,000-foot view of what you’ll be doing as a fundraiser, explore the strategies and tactics you’ll be using in your work

Kelly Dietrich


Kelly is the Founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee.

He has worked on dozens of campaigns at every level across the country. Kelly's specialty is in new campaign creation, candidate and staff training, and fundraising.

In addition to working for 18+ years in Democratic politics, he teaches a class on political campaigns at DePaul University in Chicago, where he lives with his family and dog, a large hungry blue Weimaraner named Jack Bauer. Kelly started his career in 1998 with Rep. Dennis Moore in KS-03. He's an avid basketball and poker player, though never at the same time. His wife would point out that at no time in this biography was he described as "good" at either hobby. That was a conscious decision.