The (Senior) Philanthropic Partnerships Manager will play a
critical role in securing unrestricted and institutional funds
towards achieving IPA’s mission and vision. Reporting to the Chief
Partnerships & Philanthropy Officer and working with senior
staff and members of the Board, the (Senior) Philanthropic
Partnerships Manager will successfully manage and support an
existing portfolio of individual donors and foundations and
prospects, and they will be a thoughtful partner on fundraising
strategy to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new and
existing donors and funders. The (Senior) Philanthropic
Partnerships Manager will also play a key role in identifying new
prospects to support IPA’s unrestricted revenue goals, including a
$15 million capital campaign to be launched in Fall 2023.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for philanthropy,
partnership, and IPA’s mission; be skilled in communicating
technical work to non-technical audiences in a compelling way;
excel in activity and project management with a high attention to
detail; and have at least 5 years of relevant experience including
3+ years of front-line fundraising and/or donor communications for
a non-profit organization, preferably in a related field.
Must be able to travel domestically and internationally up to
20% of the time.
Fundraising portfolio management & support
- Manage, and support senior staff in managing, an existing
portfolio of major donors, foundations and prospects to resource
IPA’s strategy for lasting impact on global poverty. In
collaboration with IPA leadership, cultivate relationships between
IPA and critical high net worth individuals, strategic partners,
and other current and potential major donors aligned with IPA’s
- Lead the process of qualifying major donor prospects,
creating and executing a plan to attract, retain and
upgrade prospects and donors.
- Meet with donors/funders and prospects on a regular basis,
document all actions in Salesforce.
- Be a thought partner in setting the annual fundraising
strategy, including annual and multi-year planning, individual
donor strategy, and partnership strategy.
- Work with other Philanthropic Partnership team members to
establish and achieve short- and long-term goals for increasing
unrestricted and strategic funding.
- Maintain accurate records of donor/funder outreach and
solicitation plans and create reports as required by management
that accurately reflect fundraising activity and performance.
- Provide strategic advice and support to senior leadership in
the organization to position IPA for funding opportunities,
ensuring the right internal, external, and board collaborators are
appropriately informed and consulted along the way
Proposals, Reporting &
- Contribute to information-gathering and drafting of proposals,
pitch decks, budgets, and other written solicitation
- Directly manage unrestricted and institutional grants, working
across IPAs teams and country offices to collaboratively write
proposals and reports.
- Collaborate closely with the Policy, Communications, and other
teams to create philanthropic partner- facing communications
- Stay abreast of IPA-related news and new studies, as well as
philanthropic and business news that relates to portfolio and major
giving generally, in order to be a knowledgeable representative of
IPA who can share compelling pitches and stories with donors.
- Speak and write accurately about IPA, it’s mission, policies,
culture, values, history, key stakeholders, programs
Trips & Events
- Plan and lead fundraising and awareness-raising events in
collaboration with board members, other senior staff, and
- Coordinate online and in-person events targeting current and
prospective donors/funders, contributing to the strategy for each
- Plan and support high impact trips and events involving senior
staff and events to develop partnerships.
- Travel domestically and internationally up to 20% of
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Maintain compliance with all organization policies
- Undergraduate degree required. Master’s degree in
economics, development, international relations, public
administration, public policy or a closely related field preferred.
Will accept additional experience in place of education.
- At least 5 years of relevant experience including 3+ years of
front-line fundraising and/or donor communications for a non-profit
organization, preferably in a related field of work.
- Demonstrated success in soliciting and closing
- Understanding of fundraising best practices and the ability to
think strategically with regard to next steps after meetings to
move the relationship forward.
- Ability to interact effectively with a high degree of
professionalism and ease with people. Ability to forge trusting
relationships based on shared values and a sense of wanting to
accomplish something together
- Experience working effectively and respectfully with colleagues
at all levels, including members of the senior management team and
high-level external stakeholders such as high net worth individuals
and organizational leaders.
- An exceptional written and verbal communicator, with the
ability to effectively position the organization and to
communicate its vision and plans to a range of audiences.
- Experience fundraising for a research organization
- Willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, be curious, learn,
and adapt quickly will be essential for doing well in this
- Strong ability to manage up and across, collaborative team
player, and strong interpersonal skills.
- Excels in activity and project management with a high attention
to detail, while mindful of the bigger picture.
- Ability and willingness to travel to visit donors and
prospects. Must be able to travel domestically and internationally
up to 20% of the time.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy
nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global
poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and
decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these
solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence
created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In
recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs
designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which
programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist,
decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring
together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure
that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world.
Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over
600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in
52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of
successful programs that now impact millions of individuals
IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of
the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and
policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to
reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the
communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from
a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs,
experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work
stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we
work with and for and we encourage people from historically
underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to
diversity, equity, and inclusion.