Donor Relations Coordinator

None · Boston, Massachusetts
Department None
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation 60,000-69,000 DOE

Grassroots International seeks to hire a full-time Donor Relations Coordinator. This person will play an essential role in donor cultivation and engagement, helping to realize our vision to build international solidarity with global social movements. 

The person hired for this new role will join the team at a moment when we are seeking to:

  •  Secure  unrestricted multi-year commitments from donors who have access to significant wealth;
  • Develop and raise funds for particular strategic funds, such as our crisis-response fund, and for specific geographically-based and issue-focused initiatives; 
  • Implement newly developed strategies to recruit, steward, and cultivate individual donors at all levels of giving, from grassroots donors to major donors; 
  • Conduct deep political education with donors, using a political formation model; and
  • Facilitate the engagement of donors in the work of Grassroots International, in alignment with our political analysis and the perspectives of global social movements. 

The ideal candidate will be highly values-aligned, eager to learn and grow, adept at building relationships with people of a wide range of identities and cultures, and a respectful and collaborative team member.

This will be a dream job for:

  • An organizer/activist with fundraising experience, particularly raising funds from individuals. 
  • An experienced development professional with a movement orientation and experience with donor networks and donor cultivation.
  • Someone who’s passionate about justice, fundraising, and building connections across difference to advance a shared vision for a more just world.

The responsibilities of the person in this new role will include, but not be limited to: 

Primary responsibilities:

  • Supporting donor acquisition strategies, welcoming new donors to the organization, and responding to requests for information from prospective donors.

  • Having a substantial portfolio of mid-range and/or major donors, and being in regular communication with those donors about the work of the organization and our partners, sustaining/increasing their giving, and about opportunities to engage in political education and other learning opportunities.

  • Engaging in prospect and donor research. This might include creating prospecting lists based on recommendations of current donors, and using wealth assessment tools and information about previous giving to determine which opportunities to engage prospective and current donors in and what appropriate asks are. Maintain up to date information on donors.

  • Implementing and helping to refine strategies for re-engaging lapsed donors, engaging one-time donors as sustaining donors, encouraging donors to make bequests or engage in other forms of planned giving. Supporting other areas of individual giving work that have been defined as department priorities.

  • Spearheading donor acknowledgement and appreciation efforts, including sending personalized thank you letters, recognizing donors on their giving anniversaries, and profiling donors in departmental and organizational communications.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Participating in ongoing Development Team political education, and proactively exploring how to apply learnings from that process to the department’s work.

  • Depending on the skills, interest, and experience of the selected candidates, this position could also support some of the written communications work with individual donors, including e-appeals, direct mail appeals, and annual reports.

  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by supervisor. 


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong alignment with the political analysis and values of Grassroots International, including a deep commitment to supporting social movements in their work creating grassroots-led alternatives to capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and other systems of oppression. 
  • Significant demonstrated success raising funds of $10K and above from individuals, including people with access to significant wealth, for movement work.
  • Motivation to inspire donors to move money boldly to the frontlines of movements, to engage in a process of unlearning narratives that help to maintain systems of oppression, and to transform their relationships to those systems. 
  • Experience living in a country in the Global South.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A strong team orientation, and a desire to work as part of a collective, with clearly defined goals, but with a highly collaborative culture. 

The following would also be very helpful:

  • Direct social movement experience- ideally in the Global South or with a BIPOC-led movement organization in the United States that has an internationalist lens.
  • Experience using databases such as Raiser’s Edge/ Blackbaud NXT as well as other fundraising/donor communication technologies including SALSA engage and FreeWill, and online donation processing systems. 
  • Familiarity with critiques of traditional philanthropy and approaches to transforming power imbalances between donors and grassroots movements.
  • Experience with popular education and/or dialogue facilitation around issues related to inequities based on race, class, and gender. 
  •  Fluency in a language other than English, ideally a language spoken in one of the regions where Grassroots International works.

The Donor Engagement Officer will report to the Donor Engagement Managing Director and will work in collaboration with other staff in the Development Team and across the organization.

About Grassroots International:

Grassroots International connects people in the US with global movements that defend land, territory, water, food, seeds and the earth. Together we address the root causes of injustice and oppression, and build alternatives that nurture human rights, ecological justice, and liberation.

We do this through grantmaking, social action, and philanthropic leadership. As a public foundation, Grassroots International raises its budget annually. Our organizational culture is collaborative, relational, and deeply mission-driven.

Compensation: Full-time position; starting salary $60,000-$69,000 DOE; excellent benefits, including 100% employer-paid health, dental, and disability insurance. Paid sick time and vacation. Retirement plan with employer contribution.

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter here. In your cover letter, please be sure to explain one aspect of Grassroots International’s mission that is particularly compelling to you and why. Specific questions can be sent to Position open until filled.

Grassroots International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black people, indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming individuals, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. We actively recruit and support the retention and advancement of individuals of diverse backgrounds within the organization. We believe that having a board, staff, and membership with diverse identities and backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates a vibrant environment where individuals can learn, grow and thrive. To that end, we are committed to fostering a workplace culture where all employees are equally included, valued, and supported.

Authorization to work in the United States is required.

This position is currently remote, with preference for candidates on the east coast. Ability to travel to Boston and other meetings a few times a year for meetings, as the public health situation allows.

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  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    60,000-69,000 DOE