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UPDATED: 31 October 2020

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What is a charity events organizer?

Charity events organizers plan and manage events for organizations in order to raise their public profile or secure them funding to be able to do their work.

Also known as:

  • Events Organizer
  • Fundraiser
  • Sponsor Coordinator

Online Platform?

The use of the internet for fundraising through online platforms grows annually by 13%

Winning Ideas?

Most successful fundraising events by animal organizations are 5K Run or Bike Race

2. What do they do?


Business / Marine Conservation / Wildlife Conservation / Zoos, Aquariums, Theme Parks & Museums


The primary focus of charity event organizers is to plan and execute events that will enable animal organizations to gain a more positive public image, as well as gather necessary funds for current and future projects.

Daily Tasks:

  • Discuss brief with clients
  • Develop an idea of an event and a project plan to help the idea materialize
  • Work with marketing and public relations teams 
  • Contact external role players, such as venue owners, municipal decision makers if a venue needs to be secured
  • Contact product and service providers to help with the setup
  • Invite participants (guests, buyers, viewers etc)
  • Liaise with media to cover the event
  • Administration and filing

Where they work:


Charity events organizers can work equal amounts of time in as well as outdoors. It all depends on the kind of event, and where it will take place. Administrative work is mainly done within an office environment.

Places of Employment –

Event organizers may work permanently for large animal organizations, such as sanctuaries, rescue centers, zoos, aquariums or theme parks. They may also work for established event organizing companies. A small amount of experienced organizers due start their own consulting businesses.

Average Salary:

On average the income per year is around $48,000 for full-time employed organizers. This could be more for those self employed, and will differ from country to country.


As with any other employed careers, organizers do have the opportunity to progress from entry level positions to management. They can also start their own businesses.

Junior organizer or volunteer -> senior planner -> project manager


The most difficult part of this career is the tight deadlines, long working hours and amount of people that need to be supervised. In most cases, the creation of a good and reliable network of contacts can mean the difference between a poor and successful event.

​Future growth and Possibilities:

The need for experiences event or charity organizers will always be good. The sector is expected to grow annually by around 8%

3. Which Skills are required?

The skills required for a career as a charity events organizer can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills:

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship

Career Skills:

  • ​Good business knowledge
  • Excellent public relations skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Life Skills
Career Skills

4. Which Subjects must I have at School?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

5. What will I need to Study?

Minimum Requirements:

In some cases and countries, there is no formal training required to become a charity event organizer, but the majority of those that entered this career hold either a College Diploma, or University Degree.


Major –

Subjects or courses in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.

Short Courses –

Possible courses in marketing, project management and fundraising.


The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths:

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths:

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career:

Being a charity events organizer can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).

You can begin as an intern  after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship:

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a cartoonist will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior organizers or expert.

Join the Charity Events Organizers Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

6. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.

Professional Associations:

7. Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards animation.

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8. Join the OZT community

Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming a charity events organizer.

Members of the Platform have special access to:

  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge
  • Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!

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