Frontline Women’s Fund (formerly Donor Direct Action) is a
global nonprofit with a mission to drive funding and other
resources to women’s rights groups working in the world’s most
challenging and inhospitable environments. We identify the
groups most in need, match them with donors, furnish them with
grants, and provide a platform for their voices and needs to be
Founded in 2011 as a project of the Sisterhood is Global
Institute, FWF offers creative solutions to resourcing human rights
groups that too often go unrecognized and underfunded. We
fund groups concerned with violence and discrimination against
women, as well as those fighting to end female genital mutilation
and sex trafficking. Over the last dozen years, we have grown our
annual budget from $50,000 to almost $2 million, with commensurate
growth in the amount of money we give away.
To support our work, FWF raises money from both institutions and
individual donors, with revenue split roughly 50-50 between the
two. Aiming to increase our grant making four-fold over the
next 5-10 years, we are now poised to hire our first full-time
development staffer to leverage our success and help us build a
full-scale, professional fundraising program.
Reporting to and working closely with the Deputy Director, the
Development Officer will lead the individual giving strategy,
support the Deputy Director’s institutional fundraising efforts
(primarily through prospect research), and establish the systems,
structures, and best practices needed to undergird a successful and
sustainable fundraising operation.
Primary responsibilities include managing relationships with
individual donors, including planning and implementing all
cultivation and stewardship activities, donor and prospect
research, and managing reporting for individual giving.
The ideal candidate has a clear grasp of all core components of
development, with particularly strong experience in individual
giving, including major gifts, stewardship, and annual giving
campaigns (direct mail and digital), and is excited about building
FWF’s development program from the ground up.
This is a full-time position based in New York City.
REPORTS TO: Deputy Director
Individual Giving Strategy and Management
- Collaborate with the Director and senior staff to establish,
revise, and execute the yearly development plan, including setting
and attaining donation targets from individual contributors.
- Identify and develop a pipeline of major gift prospects.
- Develop, implement, and maintain a major donor program,
including supporting the Director’s major donor relations and
- Devise strategies for cultivation and stewardship of FWF’s
major donors and prospects.
- Analyze donor and giving data to develop well-founded
strategies for renewals and increases.
- Conduct prospect research on individual donors to grow the
organization’s mid and major donor communities.
- Advise on prospect research tools needed to enhance this
- Prepare meeting briefs for senior staff when meeting with
donors, including agendas and other miscellaneous communications
- Work with Director and senior staff to develop plan for
engaging board more meaningfully in fundraising.
Annual Appeals and Communications
- Lead the design, creation (including copywriting), and project
management of annual digital and mailed fundraising appeals,
including analyzing campaign results and creating reports to use in
planning future appeals.
- Work with communications staff to develop creative and
mission-focused fundraising messaging across multiple channels and
on various platforms.
- Lead on systematically capturing all vital donor data in
- Ensure accurate and timely gift entry and other donor data,
including prospect research, notes on major donor calls and
meetings, and next-steps and tasks.
- Track progress towards revenue goals and prepare regular
reports, as needed.
- Ensure that overall data hygiene and integrity is
- Provide institutional prospect research support to Deputy
- Lead the conceptualization and design of donor events,
including goals, themes, and content (for cultivation-specific and
- Coordinate and deploy colleagues on FWF’s staff to support the
fundraising, appropriate to their roles, and foster a culture of
philanthropy across the organization.
- A Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of nonprofit
- Strong familiarity with human rights, and women’s rights and
- Expert knowledge of donor databases, preferably
- Demonstrated experience working on individual giving, email
campaigns, annual funds, and/or related tasks.
- Track record managing a portfolio of donors, including
understanding their philanthropic motivations, deepening their
relationship with the organization, supporting leadership’s
solicitation of gifts, and stewarding their contributions.
- Ability to analyze and use data and metrics to shape goals,
strategies, and tactics.
- High level of skill with iOS and MS Office applications Word,
Excel, and Outlook.
- Strong research skills.
- Superb verbal and written communications skills, with
experience tailoring messages to suit intended audiences and
compelling readers to act.
- Excellent project management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and plan work activities
across multiple projects.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates should send the following to
firstname.lastname@example.org with “Development Officer” in the
- Current Resume
- Cover Letter
- Writing Sample