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Annual Giving Associate 🔥

To protect our food, water, and climate, Food & Water Watch organizes people around the country to build political power. We mobilize at the local, state, and federal levels to win the fights others are afraid to even take on. From banning fracking, to shutting down factory farms, to making sure communities across the country have access to clean water, we’ve fought against greedy corporations and reckless government agencies, and we’ve won time after time. We fight — and win — in the courts, in the halls of Congress, and on the ground in every state. Corporations may have the money, but we believe people have the power to make real change. 

Food & Water Watch is seeking an experienced and highly organized annual giving professional to join our philanthropy team. You lead a range of stewardship and operations functions aimed at ensuring the continued success across our Annual Giving fundraising and donor engagement efforts. This position is a vital part of the five-person Annual Giving team, which raises over $1.5 million annually, and the candidate must be willing and able to work collaboratively to achieve this ambitious goal.

To match the rapidly growing threats to our food, water, and climate, Food & Water Watch (FWW) has an aggressive 5-year strategic plan to increase revenue to support our grassroots organizing, legal, communications, digital, and research teams. The Annual Giving Associate contributes by overseeing data integrity and stewardship, coordinating stakeholders involved with copy-editing collateral, and evaluating our data to provide the best insight for direct response strategy. A qualified candidate will be a self-starter with a passion for storytelling using persuasive messages to engage individual donors. They must also possess an interest in data analysis and an ability to independently identify areas for improvement. The associate will also play a key role in ensuring the continued growth and health of direct response efforts, coordinating with internal and external stakeholders to deliver creative and exciting materials for donors and other supporters. Additionally, the candidate will be a strong writer, detail-oriented, and highly organized. Through this work, the associate will also play a key role in FWW’s day to day fundraising operations. The ideal candidate will also be well versed in grassroots organizing theory of change and comfortable conveying complex political campaign messages to a variety of giving levels. 

Office Location: While FWW has physical offices in Washington D.C., New York, NY, New Brunswick, NJ, Los Angeles, CA, and Ventura, CA, this position is approved for remote work if desired. Other team members live in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, and New York and all staff are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide and distribute regular measuring, reporting and analysis on progress of fundraising goals, including fundraising reports and dashboards. Utilizing judgment, the associate must produce reports in a way that can be easily understood by a variety of audiences including colleagues, board members, funders, etc. coordinating with other team members as needed.
  • Oversee Annual Giving data stewardship, integrity, and appends such as NCOA and PCOA updates to ensure the accuracy of information captured and used, along with seamless output of data, coordinating with other team members as needed.
  • Conduct wealth screening searches, appends, scoring, and other data forward tasks while taking initiative to reform or improve related processes.
  • Lead annual program audits to ensure internal and external compliance with all relevant standards and procedures with support and guidance from the Senior Manager of Annual Giving.
  • Work collaboratively with Annual Giving team to develop and prepare written materials necessary to the overall performance of annual giving level donors, including correspondence, solicitation materials, stewardship materials, and other collateral of significance as needed. 
  • Directly respond to donor correspondence and queries across a range of media including phone and email.
  • Evaluate and analyze comprehensive annual giving fundraising results designed to improve annual giving strategy.
  • Develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, web site content and newsletter articles on campaign issues.
  • Plan, develop, and conduct surveys or other data improvement, exercising independent judgment, to enable prospect identification crucial to the success of the Annual Giving team, as well as measuring the impact of programs, outcomes, and events.
  • Coordinate participation in workplace giving programs and other entities as appropriate.
  • Provide backup assistance to Philanthropy Coordinator, including member services, gift processing and other administrative support.
  • Coordinate with entire Philanthropy team to support mailings that advance their goals, setting timelines and deadlines to drive progress.
  • Keep abreast of trends and other data tools to enhance our ability to utilize data effectively.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Support Our Culture of Philanthropy: Demonstrate an understanding of the essential role of our members and supporters, and consistently serve as an ambassador for FWW/FWA and our work. Participate in or attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. Be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.

To perform this job successfully, the person in this position has a medium degree of contact with donors and prospects; a medium degree of contact with Managing Directors and other staff; and a high degree of contact with non-development related activities.

Essential Qualifications

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and 2 – 4 years of fundraising experience in a relevant field or program. We are seeking an individual who has:

  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and verbal skills are required.
  • Passion for the mechanics of fundraising and building a culture of philanthropy.
  • Approach interactions with donors and supporters with a customer-service mindset.
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of people, under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously with close attention to detail.
  • Good computer skills are required, including strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs.
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar database.
  • Experience with wealth screening software or services, such as Donorsearch, is a plus.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch.                                             

Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet, and spreadsheet software; in particular adequate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products; have adequate knowledge of working with CRM, in particular proficiency with Salesforce.                                                    

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