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Donor Relations Writer

Anti-Defamation League
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 23, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Other Fundraising
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Employment Type
Full Time
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POSITION TITLE: Donor Relations Writer
REPORTS TO: Senior Director, National Institutional Giving
LOCATION: Anywhere ADL has an office
Grade/Class: Grade F, Exempt, PSA Eligible




ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.




The Donor Relations Writer is a key member of ADL’s fast-paced national development team. Major responsibilities include writing, editing, and managing the creation of compelling materials for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, ensuring that donors receive professional and timely information regarding the impact of their philanthropy.




  • Collaborate and partner across the organization in the pursuit of fundraising excellence and to achieve ADL’s overall fundraising goals.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of ADL programs and priorities and understand how they advance ADL’s mission.
  • Support development of major gift proposals and participate in select strategy meetings.
  • Research and write comprehensive impact reports for ADL’s top donors including individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Collaborate with development officers to prepare high level donor correspondence, quarterly updates, and crisis communications.
  • Develop a set of annual templates using fresh and innovative copy for standard donor communications including acknowledgements, celebration of life cycle events, career achievements, and condolences.
  • Edit and re-write donor communications and other materials generated by ADL’s national development staff as needed.





  • Skillful writer and editor with the ability to deftly distill complex material for target audiences in a multitude of formats.
  • Evidence of the analytic and research skills needed to gather and determine essential data from a variety of written and individual sources.
  • Experience supporting major gifts fundraising and stewardship.
  • Willingness and ability to determine, manage, and quickly adjust priorities, demanding a high degree of multitasking and creativity.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on a team. Must be able to complete assignments working with minimum amount of supervision.
  • Ability to handle confidential materials with discretion and manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • Solid computer skills in a PC environment with the capability to master new software applications and technologies in database management. Excellent skills in the functional use of Excel and Word required.

Work Experience:

  • Professional writing experience in an organization or company in which their work products were intended for multiple audiences (individual and wide distribution).
  • Proven track record in the development of the tools and resources gift officers utilize to communicate impact to donors including acknowledgments, reports and proposals.
  • Ability to collaborate with staff and senior leadership, respond to multiple points of view, find consensus, and effectively communicate the organization’s vision.


  • Graduate of accredited four-year college with a degree in Journalism, Communications, or related discipline or equivalent professional experience.


Work Environment: 

  • ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically)ADL is adhering to public health guidance regarding COVID-19. ADL will require that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL is requiring proof of vaccination. ADL is a hybrid environment; this role may require 2 days in the office. 


  • This position has a salary range of $50,000 to $80,000. Please note that actual salaries are commensurate with experience and reflect the budget for a given position, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations. For an overview of our total rewards package, please visit

ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.  


ADL will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation to support the interview process, please contact Talent & Knowledge at 


ADL will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable State, Local, and Federal laws. 

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