Philanthropy Manager

Philanthropy Northwest
Seattle, Washington, US
Jun 11, 2021
Jun 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition's is dedicated to creating a greener, healthier, more equitable, and better Washington for all through community outreach, network building, and advocacy for conservation and outdoor recreation funding.

ALL communities deserve to have safe and accessible outdoor recreation and conservation opportunities. But such projects need reliable and robust funding. That is why, for over 30 years, we have been the steadfast champion for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), a state-funded grant program for local parks, hiking trails, wildlife areas, working farms and more.

The Coalition is made up of a varied, bipartisan collection of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals who all agree on the importance of the outdoors and environment (and especially the WWRP) for the future of our state. However, we receive none of the state funding we advocate for. So, we are looking for a new Philanthropy Manager, who will help ensure we have enough funding to pursue our policy priorities.

The Coalition board and staff have made a commitment to improving Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in all areas of the Coalition's work-from staffing and board composition to advancing JEDI through our work. Not only are diverse candidates encouraged to apply, but we look forward to the Philanthropy Manager helping identify ways our work can be changed to advance equity and inclusion in the outdoors and environmental sectors.

Role Responsibilities:

The Philanthropy Manager will partner with the Executive Director on establishing strategy and executing the Coalition's fundraising efforts. They will work in partnership with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to create a strong base of financial support through major gifts, corporate support, events, and grants. Of course, the below is not an exhaustive list and there are always additional duties, as assigned.

NOTE: The Coalition staff has decided to prioritize an increasingly collaborative work environment, which we are still developing. The below are the traditional duties of this position, but the incumbent should expect to work closely with the whole team to achieve them.

  • Work with the ED to create and implementing a multi-year development strategy and plan that maximizes financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Work with the ED to develop a major donor moves-management/stewardship plan, engaging board members where needed.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of donors to strategically sustain and increase their support and assisting the Executive Director and board members to do the same.
  • Assist the Board's Philanthropy Committee in development efforts with the Coalition's board of directors.
  • Lead planning and execution of an annual fundraising event (200-500 guests) and other cultivation events throughout the year.
  • Manage all aspects of foundation grants from prospect identification through reporting.
  • Plan and execute fund appeals through multi-media approaches, including GiveBig, direct mail, email, social media, etc.
  • Manage all aspects of donor communications, including story development and collateral design (either direct or in collaboration with other staff/consultants).
  • Coordinate effective database (Salesforce) management across the organization, including identifying opportunities for improvement and ensure adherence to best practices.
Candidate Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have many, if not all, of these qualifications:
  • A commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and a passion for integrating that into our work.
  • Working knowledge of Washington's philanthropic community and its funding priorities.
  • Interest in the environment and outdoors, whether in urban or remote settings.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a related field (relevant academic experience may substitute)
  • Experience in fundraising, including grants, major gifts, sponsorships, annual appeals, and/or events.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to explain complex information clearly and concisely.
  • Experience working with nonprofit boards and building relationships with donors.
  • Understanding of modern philanthropic communications strategies, including storytelling, social media engagement, etc.
  • Experience using a database to track and report on donors and campaigns (Salesforce experience preferred).
  • Marketing and design experience helpful, but not required.
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Team
Application Deadline:


Application Instructions:

Submit a resume and a brief (approx. 1-page) cover letter detailing how your experience and qualifications relate to those outlined in this description to Applications submitted without cover letter will not be reviewed.The position is open until filled. However, applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis, beginning immediately, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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