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

Fundraising: What's My Job?

By Kelly Dietrich
30 min

What You’ll Learn

  • Identify the primary roles on a campaign’s Fundraising Team
  • Identify common responsibilities of campaign Fundraising staff
  • Connect transferable skills and experiences to campaign fundraising work

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.

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


As founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC), Kelly Dietrich brings more than 20 years of experience on dozens of Democratic campaigns across the country.

Kelly started NDTC in 2016, where at the time it was a collection of videos covering an array of campaign topics, available to campaigns and their volunteers for free. Five years later, those videos grew into a fully fledged training program with hundreds of courses, videos, and articles about running effective campaigns. Kelly’s expertise in various areas — fundraising, staff training, sci-fi (maybe not as much) — have shaped NDTC into an industry leader in Democratic politics.

Originally from Missouri, Kelly lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, daughter, and dog, Tulip, who is allegedly part cat. Beyond work, Kelly is a diehard Kansas Jayhawk and an avid poker player. Kelly also serves on the board of directors at his local park, Sheil Park. This is where he “plays” basketball, which according to his wife can only be loosely considered a hobby. Even with all these interests, Kelly remains committed to making sure high quality tools and training are available to any Democrat who steps up to run for office, work on a campaign, or make their community better.