DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY
Karam Foundation is seeking a new Director of Philanthropy to
inspire donors to give generously to support displaced Syrian
communities. We are looking for an expert with strong experience in
this field to elevate our successes. Your role will be central to
scaling Karam’s future impact and growth.
You are a builder. You get excited by our
accomplishments but are always looking at ways to expand our
successes. Whether that means building new tactics or tools, or
investing in the team you are working with — you have a growth
You initiate. You see the good but also see
where work needs to be done. And you go and fix it. You will
research solutions and propose them, with the hopes of helping our
organization operate more smoothly.
You are creative. You never stop thinking of
ways of leveraging our impact to mobilize and inspire people to
You are a go-getter. You have entrepreneurial
zeal. You set your goals and plan the way to achieve them. You
adapt to unexpected challenges and to donor needs. You know that
results matter most.
You are a great communicator. You understand
Karam’s tone and deliver polished, pitch-perfect messages to our
supporter base across various constituencies.
You care. You are motivated by a love of
humanity that doesn’t stop at borders. You want to be part of our
mission of building a better world.
You are collaborative. You come with positive
energy and want to work with our small team and with partners to
get things done. You don’t let ego, process, or dogma get in the
Karam means generosity in Arabic. We are a Syrian-led
organization founded in 2007 in Chicago. We have been supporting
Syrian communities in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and the US since
2011. We've developed various innovative education projects
including community innovation centers (Karam Houses) for refugee
teenagers in Turkey and a higher education scholarship program for
refugee youth, as well as sustainable development projects to
address the evolving obstacles that Syrians face.
We have built two Karam Houses, innovative workspaces for Syrian
refugee teens, in Istanbul and Reyhanli, Turkey, which defy
traditional approaches to refugee education. At Karam Houses,
hundreds of Syrian refugee teens learn through access to technology
(maker spaces, internet, computers), expert mentorship (Syrian
refugee architects and engineers), and a sophisticated design-based
curriculum (developed by MIT grads) that teaches youth how to build
their ideas and their community.
We think about refugees and humanitarian aid differently and so
we do things differently. We believe in investing deeply in
communities affected by conflict. We are on a mission to build
10,000 Leaders for the Future of Syria by 2028 - guiding Syrian
refugees on a path to leadership. We do this by creating safe
spaces to connect learn, and develop a support ecosystem for them -
and their families - to thrive. These spaces are called Karam
What We’re Looking For: The
3-5 years experience in major gift
strategy and fundraising, including experience raising 2-5m
annually and/or securing 6- or 7-figure gifts.
Track record of setting, measuring
and delivering development strategies
Track record of utilizing different
fundraising tactics to mobilize donor bases
Excellent verbal and written
Strong teamwork and leadership
Experience working with remote teams
-Karam Foundation’s Philanthropy team are all located in the US
(most at IL HQ), but also work closely with staff members in
Extremely organized and
What We’re Looking For: Strongly
Experience working on Syria and/or
Familiarity/proficiency with donor
databases (Salesforce ideal)
Experience working on education
and/or innovation causes
Experience of working with
Strategy: You will be the lead in developing and
executing the Development Strategy to meet the organizational goals
of increased financial support. Your team will work to secure our
$4m budget, and to do so, you will set and achieve revenue and
activity goals for the Philanthropy Department across different
revenue tracks (grassroots, major donors, foundation grants,
Major Donor Engagement: You will manage a portfolio of
10-15 key donors and support our CEO in managing her
Management and Mentorship: You will manage our
philanthropy staff (currently two other team members) in addition
to day to day operations of the department.
Support Department Activities: You will be responsible
for providing robust support to development initiatives including
campaigns, major gift solicitation, donor outreach, and grant
applications. You will prepare materials and reports for board
Leadership: You will be part of the Executive Team of
Karam Foundation and play a role in setting the organizational
vision, strategy and culture.
Our HQ is located in Lake Forest, IL (employees in the Chicago
area are currently in the office two days/week). We are open to
remote candidates who are excellent.
Some US travel for donor trips to be expected once COVID allows,
along with possible travel to Turkey to observe programs.
HOURS AND COMPENSATION:
Full-time, 40 hours per week.
Salary range: $70,000-$80,000
Benefits include health insurance (premiums 50% paid by Karam);
15 days vacation, plus 8 team-wide Mental Health Days set on the
calendar; and 5 sick days; 401(k) with 2% matching (after 6 months
employment with Karam); flexible work environment; and capacity
Please fill out the application form on our website below, and
upload a copy of your resume and a cover letter outlining why you
are the right fit for the role. For any questions or application
issues, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org