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US Director of Philanthropy

Compassion in World Farming
$95,000.00 - $120,000.00
Closing date
Jun 12, 2024

Are you passionate about making a tangible difference in the world, and believe in the power of philanthropy to enact real change? If so, we invite you to join us, as our US Director of Philanthropy at Compassion in World Farming.


Compassion in World Farming International was founded in 1967 in England by Peter Roberts, a British farmer who became horrified by the development of intensive factory farming. Over 50 years ago, Peter decided to make a difference and take a stand against this farming system. In his lifetime, Peter saw the demise of veal crates and gestation crates in the UK, and in Europe achieved recognition that animals are sentient beings. Compassion in World Farming, Inc was incorporated in 2014 and received 501(c)(3) status in 2015. The USA is an important international office for Compassion, as part of our increasing global reach.

Join us in our mission to create a more compassionate world for all beings.

As our US Director of Philanthropy, you will join a talented, driven and passionate global fundraising team, and have a vital role in leading our philanthropy program in the US in support of our mission to end factory farming for the benefit of animals, people and planet. We have come a long way in the past few years, establishing a professional integrated international philanthropy team with new investment to support our ambitious growth strategy. Working closely with our UK HQ and our global team, you'll craft and execute strategies that not only meet ambitious global income targets, but also resonate with our supporters' values and beliefs. 

As part of this pivotal role, your duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Lead US philanthropy team to meet strategic growth goals, working closely with the Global Director of Fundraising, US ED and International Head of Philanthropy
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward high level donors with a focus on individuals, foundations and corporations capable of $50,000 donations and above.
  • Manage staff of 2 fundraisers (1 trusts and foundations, 1 individual major giving).
  • Build on the solid base of major donors and strategic partners, to personally identify and grow our connections with philanthropists, institutions and companies who might support and promote our global work, both in the US and internationally, to meet and exceed our targets.
  • Motivate your team and colleagues to help build engaging narratives and projects that increase support from existing and new donors and promote the importance, scale and urgency of our mission.
  • Play an active role in the Global Fundraising Senior Management Team (SMT) and Global Philanthropy Team (GPT), contributing to both strategy, budgets and operational plans, presenting progress to the wider team and organisation, and representing the Global Fundraising department as required both internally and externally.
  • Represent Compassion in World Farming at external conferences, events and meetings, as opportunities arise.
  • Develop and deliver US philanthropy targets, including renewal gifts and new business (from 1 April 2024 our annual goal is $2.1M).
  • Work with our existing global systems (e.g. CRM, finance), policies (e.g. ethical fundraising, expenses) and processes (e.g. the Philanthropy Manual) to deliver the objectives of this role in a compliant, collaborative and efficient way.

This is an exciting time to join the Global Fundraising Team at Compassion in World Farming and contribute to delivering our mission to end factory farming by 2040. With growing awareness of the impact of factory farming not only on animal welfare, but on human health and the environment, now is a unique moment to be raising funds for Compassion’s work and bringing new donors on board. Annual income from major philanthropic partners in the US, UK and Europe has continued to grow, and our Global Philanthropy team of 11 staff, has ambitious growth targets over the coming years.  

About you: 

To succeed in this role, you will need to exhibit the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct, as the successful candidate you will have relevant qualifications and previous fundraising experience, including closing six-figure gifts. You will be adept at fostering relationships, securing high-level philanthropic contributions, and help to propel the growth of our US philanthropy programme in support of our global mission. You will possess a well-defined strategic acumen and be adept at articulating and delivering a compelling vision, that will help to steer our philanthropy programme towards success.  

You will need to have proven experience with mentoring and leading high-performing team members.  You’ll have previous experience of budgetary management and be well-versed in IT applications, such as Microsoft Office and fundraising databases, experience of working for an international non-profit, and/or in the animal welfare / environmental space would be an advantage. Your unwavering dedication and passion drive you to make a tangible difference in the world. Together, let us realise our mission to create a more compassionate world for all. 


Closing date for applications: May 26, 2024 

1st Stage Interview: TBC

2nd Stage Interview: TBC

Benefits Package

Compassion in World Farming provides one of the strongest benefits packages in the animal protection movement, which includes:

  • A comprehensive, nationwide health insurance plan that covers individuals, spouses, and families, with CIWF covering 70% of basic plan costs.
  • 20+ vacation days plus a winter holiday closure period to equal 25 days per year.
  • Nine federal holidays and two additional floating holidays.
  • Four weeks of sick leave.
  • Paid parental leave, comprised of 12 weeks paid and an additional 12 weeks unpaid.
  • A 403b retirement plan with a 2% employer base contribution.
  • A remote work environment with flexible schedules.
  • Monthly phone/internet stipend.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • A welcoming and collaborative culture in a global organization spanning nine countries.

Compassion in World Farming is an equal opportunity employer, and supports the facilitation of diversity, representation, and inclusivity within the animal protection movement. Compassion does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring, and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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