Location: Remote with preferred base location
in NY, DC, or CA.
Who We Are: Led by young women of color
movement organizers, the Youth Engagement Fund (YEF) is the only
donor collaborative focused on deepening and expanding youth civic
engagement led by and for young people of color. To this end, YEF
aims to 1) increase funding support to strengthen and expand the
ecosystem of youth of color led organizations advancing civic
engagement efforts via state and national youth collaborations,
focusing on organizations in the South and Southwest, 2) support
state-based issue-based advocacy that fosters conditions for
governing power led by and for young people of color, and their
communities, and 3) direct its grants to organizations committed to
amplifying the civic participation and voting agency of young
people of color.
YEF centers youth and young adults of color 35 years old and
under, and their communities, creating intentional pathways to
dismantling structural racism and white supremacy, and engaging a
new wave of politicized young people of color that expands the
electorate and transforms American democracy. YEF’s grantmaking
principles lead through a philanthropic leadership model that: 1)
demonstrates commitment to racial equity; 2) supports the
advancement and power building of youth of color; 3) adds value to
building local infrastructure in key geographic areas with the
largest and growing numbers of communities of color including
Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas; and 4) inspires
young people to become life-long civic participants and voters by
expanding resources to the issues and efforts that are most
important to them.
Since 2007, YEF has been investing in building a culture of full
civic participation among voting-age young people to ensure that
their perspectives, issues, and solutions are part of democratic
governance. Bringing together diverse donors both institutional and
individual, working across issues, and in varied regions, YEF
enables collaborative grantmaking towards the common goals of a
more reflective and inclusive democracy. Between 2007 and 2021, YEF
provided nearly $30 million to youth engagement organizations. By
2024, YEF aims to grant $10 million annually to its movement
Position Summary: The Donor Organizing
Officer (DOO) serves under the supervision and guidance of the
Director of People and Organizational Growth, focused on managing
institutional and donor engagement. This position plays a critical
role in the success of the Youth Engagement Fund’s fundraising
program to enable greater growth and impact of YEF’s movement
partners (grantees) and the youth civic engagement sector. The
Donor Organizing Officer will be responsible for building and
sustaining YEF’s institutional and individual funder relationships
through prospecting, cultivating, and organizing. The DOO
will additionally work with the Executive Director to lead the
development of the YEF’s annual and multi-year giving
- Fundraising and External
Work with the Executive Director on
fundraising strategy creation and execution.
Execute donor and funder
communications including fundraising campaign letters, new donor
letters, major donor letters, and gift acknowledgements.
Maintain consistent communication
with donors to ensure timely acknowledgements and updates through
email, newsletters, annual reports, and other materials as
Gather knowledge and identify tools
to create, execute, and oversee a comprehensive donor stewardship
plan, including advising other YEF staff on cultivation events and
Meet regularly with the Program
Officer and Impact & Learning Analyst to help inform donor
cultivation and prospecting strategies.
Develop strong relationships with
other colleagues in philanthropy and advance YEF’s vision across
all sectors of philanthropy, maintain and grow existing
relationships with donors, sponsors, and partners, while also
working to expand our community engagement, and identify
prospective philanthropic partners.
Represent YEF at key meetings and
events as identified.
Support with expansion to medium and
small donor engagement via online fundraising.
- Lead communications on grant timelines, documents, or other
- Oversee development and submission of Letters of Intent (LOIs),
proposals, and reports to current and prospective funding partners,
including but not limited to foundations, individual donors, labor
unions, and organizational partners.
- Work with Grantwriter to guide the development of funder
inquiries and proposals under the direction of the YEF Executive
Director and Director of People and Organizational Growth,
including issue-based stock proposals.
- Design, manage, and implement systems for submission of YEF
proposals, grant reports, and other grant related
documentation as required by fiscal sponsor and YEF funding
- Track funder deadlines, deliverables, and communications.
- Work with the Executive & Operations Manager to ensure key
organizational and supplemental documents are maintained up to
- Contribute and participate in strategic planning for the long
term future of YEF with other YEF staff and consultants.
- Work with the Executive & Operations Manager in management
of the donor database.
- Executive Director
Serve as a strategic thought partner
to the Executive Director on fundraising.
Regularly engage and support the
Executive Director and YEF’s Guiding Circle (advisory donor
committee) in ongoing development efforts (i.e. facilitate use of
our fundraising toolkit); involve staff members on occasion.
Co-create and co-facilitate agenda
for YEF’s Guiding Circle meetings with Executive Director and
Director of People and Organizational Growth.
Co-lead communications with
philanthropic partners related to field analysis and updates, under
the supervision of ED and in collaboration with Impact &
Manage donor cultivation and
fundraising events , and giving programs.
Serve as a strategic thought partner
to the Executive Director on fundraising.
Commitment to the Youth Engagement Fund’s vision, including the
practice of strong philanthropic advocacy and donor
organizing to advance our mission.
Experience in social justice movements (youth and civic
Knowledge of race, class, gender lens and experience using it in
verbal and written communications.
Strong written and oral communications skills, including a
passion for storytelling.
Demonstrated knowledge of current and relevant fundraising
approaches, field best practices and standard operating procedures
for fund development and donor relations.
High comfort level in interactions with philanthropic leaders,
donors, and organizational partners.
An entrepreneurial approach to fundraising, finding, and
creating new opportunities.
4+ years of experience fundraising $5M+
Excellent team building and facilitation skills.
Self-motivated and a team player.
A core strength in advanced listening, translation, and
High degree of personal organization that allows success in an
Strategic thinking capability combined with effective management
and attention to details.
Ability to effectively and concisely communicate issues, program
strategies, and results to a wide range of audiences in written and
Supervisory experience with junior staff and consultants.
Ability to travel, including overnight. Travel is contingent
upon following COVID-19 health protocols and advisories.
Compensation This is a full-time exempt
position. Salary range is $75,000 – $85,000 commensurate with
experience. A competitive benefits package includes health, dental,
vision, and life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, paid
holidays, and generous vacation and sick time. Opportunities for
additional training and advancement are available.
To Apply Please send a cover letter (max. 2
pages) and resume to email@example.com
with the subject line “DONOR ORGANIZING OFFICER 2022 - YOUR FULL
NAME.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the
position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The Youth
Engagement Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of NEO
Philanthropy. NEO Philanthropy is an equal opportunity employer. We
consider applicants for all positions without regard to race,
color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability,
marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally