fund·​rais·​er | \ ˈfənd-ˌrā-zər How to pronounce fundraiser (audio) \
variants: or less commonly fund-raiser
plural fundraisers also fund-raisers

Definition of fundraiser

1 : a person employed to raise funds (as for an institution or political cause) a talented fundraiser … hired not only for his popularity with the other scientists but for his proven abilities as a fundraiser.— James Shreeve
2 : a social event (such as a cocktail party) held for the purpose of raising funds … he gained recognition by throwing a posh fundraiser for President Jimmy Carter.— James Ridgeway

First Known Use of fundraiser

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fundraiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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