Is fundraising a profession? And does it matter if it isn't?
There are two broad methods of classifying occupations as professions.
1. The traditional way is through a stipulative definition of ‘professionhood’ that assesses the prospective profession against qualifying criteria, such as whether it has a code of conduct or a professional body. This is called the ‘sociological approach’.
2. The alternative is the ‘philosophical’ approach, which tries to determine, through argument, whether an occupation ought to be considered a profession.
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