The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed
to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its
founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through
dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical
challenges facing communities in the United States and around the
world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus
in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity &
To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable
society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles
of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors
such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of
staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment,
and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from
others. Visit our website to
learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward
building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.
The Institute’s Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) is a
central division focused on Institute-wide donor and prospect
engagement. Areas of practice include: principal and major gift
fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving and
membership programming through the Institute’s Society of Fellows,
planned giving, trustee engagement, major events, stewardship,
prospect research, gift accounting, and Advancement
The Manager, Prospect Research is responsible for providing
prospect identification, research, and analysis of financial and
biographical information in support of gift officers and staff to
determine cultivation and solicitation strategies for individual
and organizational gifts. This position will create concise
research profiles distilled from biographical information,
financial data, news, philanthropic history, and other sources.
They will demonstrate excellent writing skills, an ability to adapt
to shifting priorities, flexibility and resourcefulness,
professionalism, and strong discretion in working with confidential
- Employ advanced investigative research, data collection and
financial skills (using public records, proprietary systems,
purchased or leased databases, published materials and other
resources) to proactively identify, research, and assess the
philanthropic giving capacity of current and prospective individual
and organizational donors.
- Evaluate research requests to determine appropriate level of
- Accurately write confidential research documents on prospects
for use by advancement staff and Aspen Institute leadership.
- Maintain ongoing communication with development staff to meet
their research and portfolio needs. Work with gift officers to
review prospect assignments, collaborate on strategies around new
donors with wealth capacity, review qualified prospects, provide
research updates and train gift officers on new research policies
and prospect management procedures.
- Track daily news reports especially for top donors, prospects,
and board members
Education, Experience and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree and seven years of related experience in
- Proficiency in conducting donor research with experience in
recognizing and assessing wealth indicators, giving capacity and
- Experience with prospect development and moves management best
- Experience navigating large, complex organizations, and
collaborating across teams to achieve shared goals.
- Presents a collegial, collaborative and customer-service
oriented demeanor that positively reflects the core values of the
Aspen Institute and demonstrates tact and diplomacy.
- Passion for the mission of the Aspen Institute and desire to
support the advancement of its work.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 2 prospect research
samples (individual and corporate). Applications without requisite
material will not be considered.
The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected
veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated