The Prospect Research Role

01. Introduction

In this chapter we aim to increase awareness of the role of prospect researchers, including the scope and scale of the role, the common skills and competencies expected at all levels, and the career options within and beyond the sector.

Through reading this chapter we hope to empower researchers at all career stages to better understand the breadth of the prospect research role and the impact of prospect research on fundraising. We also hope to enable researchers to work in effective partnership with fundraisers to better anticipate each other’s needs.

We also aim to help you to develop your understanding of how to progress your skills and career as a prospect researcher, including professional development and career planning.

The content of this chapter will also help enhance your understanding of the varied nature of the environment prospect researchers may work in, within different types of organisations.

Chapter contents:

  • Prospect Research Skills and Attributes
  • Tasks Undertaken by Prospect Researchers
  • Understanding Job Descriptions
  • Career Planning

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