About Whitman-Walker Foundation
Whitman-Walker Foundation uses community-based philanthropy to
ensure sustainability and support growth. The Foundation also
supports the core mission of Whitman-Walker through community
engagement and special events. The Foundation has a 501(c)3
designation and a board of directors. At the Whitman-Walker
Foundation – “We Need You” – means to us that we need community
support to support our community.
The Donor Engagement Specialist provides essential support in
the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Whitman-Walker
donors. Responsibilities aim to assist the team with maintaining
and cultivating relationships among the Whitman-Walker Foundation’s
existing donors and new prospective donors through verbal and
written communications, virtual and in-person meetings, and
- Provides support with major gift prospecting and research,
utilizing Raiser’s Edge and Research Point
- Works collaboratively with the Foundation team to build
relationships with mid-level and major donor prospects
- Manages a personal portfolio of mid-level donors while properly
vetting higher-wealth individuals with oversight from Donor
- Supports events team by prospecting and securing entry-level
sponsorships for annual fundraising events
- Assist Donor Engagement Officer with donor engagement and
cultivation events, as needed
- Develops materials with Donor Engagement Officer for use in
solicitations and cultivation
- Maintains and updates donor records in the Raiser’s Edge
database to ensure records are up to date
- Creates and runs reports from the Donor database and reviews
and analyzes data related to donor giving
- Collaborative member of the Foundation team
- Occasionally represents Foundation at community events,
meetings, and functions
- Attends Foundation board meetings as needed
- Other tasks as requested
Budget Responsibilities - None
Management Responsibilities - None
Knowledge, Skills, and Talents Required
- Development professional with passion for healthcare, LGBTQ
issues and social justice.
- Natural collaborator and problem solver with ability to take
initiative and work independently.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Sound judgement and ability to exercise discretion when dealing
with confidential information.
- High degree of self-motivation, personal discipline, and
- Demonstrated knowledge of practices, policies and procedures
related to development and fundraising including specific knowledge
of the laws and regulations governing these areas.
- Sensitivity to all areas of diversity, including HIV status,
race, ethnicity, ability, age, sexual orientation, and gender
Education and Experience Required
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of
- Two years of experience in donor relations, development,
fundraising, or similar sales and client services.
- Understanding of Raiser’s Edge, NXT, SalesForce, or similar
donor management database
- Working conditions for this position are normal for an office
- Individual will be required to work some evenings and/or
- Lifting: No more than 20 lbs. and infrequently.
- Movement: Standing and sitting for long periods.
- Visual: Long periods on a computer.
- Concentration: Extended periods of engagement with computer
systems where concentration is key to accuracy in data entry.
Intermittent periods of engagement with a telephone system to
respond to inquiries where concentration is key to task
- Communication: Direct and indirect communication. Written and
Whitman-Walker is an equal employment opportunity employer and
does not discriminate against applicants, its employees, or former
employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital
status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability,
veteran status, and gender identity. For accommodation in the
application process, please contact Human Resources.