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

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 are trying to make a transition into the fundraising department, you already have skills and experiences to do well in a fundraising role. Take stock of those existing strengths, and the areas that may need extra focus to guide you through our trainings and prepare you for a campaign fundraising job.

Related Trainings

  • Starting a Career in Politics — Whenever you start something new, there can be some anxiety about what you’re getting yourself into. This course will ground you in the realities of what working on a campaign is like, and help you confirm whether this is the right path for you
  • Understanding the Democratic Party —  You need to understand the Democratic Party if you want to work within it! If your dream is to work on a campaign, this course will help you decide what level of campaign you want to work on (e.g., state representative, U.S. Senate) and who the organizational players are that you might be engaging with to get that job and once you have it
  • Intro to Fundraising — Once you have a 10,000-foot view of what a fundraiser does, explore the strategies and tactics used in the 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.