"It takes money to make money." That is a time honored and proven fact of life throughout the fundraising industry. Yes, fundraising is no longer just an ocassional add-on activity in order to obtain extra cash for a non-profit entity. Today, fundraising is very often the number one priority for most responsible non-profits that desire to remain financially secure.
So, when the suggestion popped up that perhaps "Fundraising 101" should become a part of middle school and high school curriculum, legitimate interest and not the usual immediate rejections was the response.
Properly maintained fundraising is an excellent consistent money source. It creates unlimited opportunities for dedicated volunteers to step up to the plate. It's an established incentive-motivator that brings into a community welcomed tourism dollars which, in turn, helps create additional job hirings by tourism-oriented and non-tourism related businesses.
The easily accessible worldwide communications capabilities provided by the Internet makes it possible for a non-profit, located in a small town with a resident population of less than 10,000 people, to still reach out to the ever lucrative domestic (and foreign) cultural tourists response markets and secure the necessary financial returns required.
Fundraising undoubtedly is a potentially highly worthwhile career choice for middle- and high- school graduates to consider pursuing because its a dependable industry that continues to endure and continues to grow.