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Join Our Team!

IIF is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit created to support social impact startups and remove barriers that constrain them and stifle innovation in the areas of climate change, education, the metaverse, technology, and our youth. Will you join our team and help make a difference around the world today?

Donations Specialist

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About the Role

The Donations Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing engagement and fundraising strategies to enhance and grow revenue and current and prospective donors. The Donations Specialist also provides comprehensive administrative assistance to Innovation Fund Department and Fundraising Department, with a focus on office and fundraising
support, effective database management and reporting, event logistics and donor stewardship efforts (acknowledgements, printed material inventory, prep materials for donor meetings). Paramount to this position is the ability to work with a high degree of independence, and juggle various projects at once, while maintaining a clear view of how each project supports the organization’s mission.



  • Design, document, and implement a systematic and integrated donor relations program.

  • Establish and manage information tracking processes regarding acknowledgement, recognition, on-going communications and continued cultivation of past and current donors and members to enhance their relationship with IIF and increase the likelihood of continued contributions 

  • Maintain online profiles

  • Assist with final reports for grants and other writing needs.

  • Attends internal and external meetings, fairs and community events as required.

  • Discover donor companies’ corporate social responsibility and/or workplace giving objectives, identify opportunities that align with IIF’s mission statement, and work with staff to create engagement initiatives and opportunities.

  • Works with Director of Finance and Administration to create solicitation and year-round engagement strategies to retain current and attract new donors 

  • Maintain physical donor communication materials and inventory of general development team supplies.

  • Provide general clerical support 

  • Answer general development phone inquiries.

  • Provide professional assistance and interaction with donors (via phone, computer and face-to-face).

  • Provide support when acknowledging appropriate financial and in-kind donations by correspondence.

  • Support IIF team to generate development reports from database (sponsors, major donors, individuals, lapsed donor, etc.).

  • As appropriate, provide prospect research for CFO and Director of Finance and Administration.

  • Solicit in-kind donations for various event

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ability to convey a high degree of commitment and passion for mission of IIF

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills that are effective with a diverse range of audiences including board members, volunteers, internal staff, donors, executives, potential funding partners and all constituencies.

  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality

  • Exceptional understanding of philanthropy as it relates to the not-for-profit organization and a wide and deep knowledge of fundamental disciplines of resource development

  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team; detail oriented, well organized, focused and goal oriented, with a high level of initiative and energy, as well as problem solving skills.

  • Prior experience in a database management as well as knowledge of CRM database required.

  • The knowledge and ability to create, execute and/or support, and oversee a comprehensive donor acknowledgement and recognition plan, including advising on complex and carefully orchestrated cultivation events and programs for the major donors.


  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a minimum two years of nonprofit donor relations experience.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Excellent verbal, written and digital communication skills

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