Donor Organizing Manager (Major/Mid-Level & Monthly Donors)

April 19, 2022

Reports to: Co-Director of Development (CDD), Individual Giving

Classification: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, At-Will
Location: Remote

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 32 hours a week. Start and end times are flexible, but must be able to attend predetermined team and staff meetings. 

Salary Range: $71,550 – $79,500 annually. The salary range is determined by Forward Together’s salary equity structure and therefore offers will only be made within this range.

Benefits: Benefits are generous, with fully paid employee and dependent coverage for health, vision, and dental; and long-term disability insurance. Paid time off includes sick days, vacation, and holidays. In addition, we close our offices for two weeks in December.

This is a union position with Forward Together Workers United (FTWU), a bargaining unit represented by CWA Local 9415.

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, April 15th. We encourage applicants to apply early. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Tentative Start Date: Monday, June 20th, 2022


Forward Together unites communities to win rights, recognition and resources for all families. We transform culture and policy to work for all of us nationwide. Since our founding in 1989, we have continually fought to dismantle the ways our society marginalizes us based on race, sexuality, and gender. Today, we build courage and foster connection among our multi-racial community of changemakers to secure the rights, recognition and resources all families need to thrive. To learn more about Forward Together visit our website:


Over the last year, the Development team has undergone major shifts in philosophy and approach to fundraising. Leaning into the tenets of Community Centered Fundraising, Resource Mobilization, and the Racial Equity and Liberation work held throughout the organization, we see the role of development in Forward Together and Forward Together Action as a team of resource organizers/mobilizers who can build power and transfer wealth to our communities. The approach of the department is to 1) deepen and develop authentic relationships with funder partners so we can build with other grantees for collective power; 2) build with our grassroots and individual donors so we can deepen relationships and become their political home; and 3) work with other development people in an organizing/power building stance so we can strengthen the movement to transfer wealth and shift power.

The Donor Organizing Manager plays a key role in managing the growth and sustainability of our organization by supporting a Major Gifts team with content, scheduling, logistical and data support. The DO is responsible for building relationships with donors, making personalized fundraising asks, researching prospective donors and supporting logistics for fundraising/donor cultivation events.

In addition to playing a key role in the Development Team, the Donor Organizing Manager also works with program, finance and administrative staff to gather and manage the necessary information for communicating the impact and relevance of our work to donors and tracking donor/donation information in various digital and paper filing systems.


  1. Major Gifts Team Leadership
    • Works with CDD to develop annual major gifts plan, including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; jointly holds planning & facilitation of Major Gifts team meetings.
    • Facilitates major donors’ political journey by providing opportunities to engage in action, fostering connections with other donors and supporters, and nurturing growth and learning through donor education initiatives.
    • Develops content for major donor communications.
    • Researches prospective donors and donor networks; primary user of systems like WealthEngine and makes recommendations to CDD on possible donors and strategies for cultivation.
    • Works with Executive Assistant to manage scheduling and follow up for major donor and funder meetings; tracks meeting notes and files Field Reports.
    • Other administrative tasks, as assigned.
  1. Fundraising
    • Manages a portfolio of major/mid-level donors, builds relationships, makes asks.
    • Builds and maintains relationships with Donor Advisors and Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Administrators; develops and implements DAF outreach strategies.
    • In conjunction with CDD, develops and implements strategies for cultivating relationships with partners who engage their employees in workplace giving campaigns.
    • Manages monthly sustainer program by actively maintaining existing recurring donations, renewing lapsed donations and expanding the number of monthly donors through direct outreach, branding and systematic communications.
    • Researches, develops and tests implementation of a Planned Giving program for Forward Together.
    • Participates in fundraising phone banks and other peer to peer fundraising activities as a member of the Development Team.
    • Works with the CDD, staff, board and volunteers to design and project manage fundraising events, such as house parties and receptions, both in-person and virtual.
  1. Major Donor Administrative Tasks
    • Conducts research to identify the goals, net worth, history of charitable donations, or other data related to potential donors; prepares donor profiles.
    • Manages system for tracking major donor profiles.
    • Manages Every Action Moves Management plans for the Major Gifts team.
    • Tracks communication about and fulfillment of all pledges.
    • Creates reports to track progress of the program.
    • Contributes to donor communications such as email updates, newsletters, care packages, etc.
  1. Building an Organizational Culture of Resource Mobilization
  • Collaborates with the Development Team to build a Culture of Resource Mobilization that is grounded in racial justice.
  • Provides leadership and training to staff on fundraising efforts, including sharing of best practices and providing tools, information and resources to strengthen fundraising efforts.
  • Works with all staff to support participation and follow through on fundraising activities, including phone banks, peer-to-peer campaigns, etc.
  • Plans and oversees internal communication that informs staff of fundraising progress.
  • Recruits and supervises interns or volunteers for grassroots fundraising activities.

  1. Staff Teams & Administrative Systems
  • Attends regular Hub meetings, keeping informed on programmatic activities and identifying opportunities to integrate fundraising.
  • Meets with program teams to design collaborative grassroots fundraising plans.
  • Actively participates in monthly all-staff meetings and quarterly strategy/evaluation sessions.
  • Travels to other offices for strategy/evaluation sessions and for conferences nationally as assigned, for up to 4 days at a time.
  • Conscientiously meets deadlines for all financial reporting (timesheets, credit card expenses, bill processing), understanding that the Finance Team relies upon timely reporting to provide regular financial analysis.


  • Maintains and updates contact information in the database for the individuals and organizations that this position works with.
  • Utilizes direct communication and proactive problem solving to address internal organizational challenges and disagreements.
  • Works proactively and in good faith as a member of the staff team to support and strengthen the overall stability and effectiveness of the organization.
  • Adheres to organizational values and practices around challenging oppression by exhibiting behaviors indicating inclusion and respect in all facets of the work (programmatic, operational, and interpersonal).
  • Participates in weekly Courageous Practice sessions to the extent of physical ability.
  • Vendor and consultant management as needed.
  • Lends a hand to other staff, on a case-by-case basis, when possible within work plan.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a development role, with an emphasis on individual fundraising.
  • Committed to social justice and Forward Together and Forward Together Action’s missions.
  • Experience working on behalf of diverse and underserved populations preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Highly organized and systematic.
  • Strong initiative and self-starter with excellent follow-through.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, especially in writing, copy-editing, data entry and data management.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Strong project management and problem solving skills.
  • Good people skills and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work well in teams and use direct communication to express needs.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds.
  • Comfortable working under pressure in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, web browsers, Gmail, Google Calendar and the basics of spreadsheet, database and video conferencing software.
  • Comfort and experience dealing with numbers and elementary math.
  • Experience with EveryAction, Salesforce or other database software strongly preferred.
  • Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand the primary language of English used in the workplace.
  • Ability to travel as needed. If driving one’s own car, proof of insurance coverage meeting Forward Together and Forward Together Action’s organizational insurance levels.
  • Ability to travel, usually by plane, for up to 4 days at a time, 3-5 times per year.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • At a desk 80% of the time, which includes typing on a computer and mouse 60% of the time and talking on the phone 20% of the time.
  • Regularly required by the duties of this job to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Occasionally participates in sessions of Courageous Practice, a mind body practice that includes exercises like breathing, stretching and tai chi, to the extent of physical ability and with any physical adjustments necessary.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, travels to major cities across the United States, such as Oakland, Portland, Albuquerque, Atlanta and Washington, D.C, for periods of up to 4 days at a time, up to 3 times per year.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee travels by subway, plane, train and automobile and is exposed to changing weather conditions.
  • When working inside an office, this position is not exposed to weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate.


People of color, people with disabilities, Indigenous, queer, transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming people strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing:

  • Why you are interested in this role with the listed responsibilities;
  • Why you are interested in working for a multi-racial, multi-issue organization made up of people of color, immigrants, indigenous people, queer and transgender and gender-nonconforming people who work to secure rights, recognition and resources for families so that family members have self-determination over their bodies, their sexuality, and their family formation.

You must submit a resume and a cover letter that thoroughly answers the prompts or your application will be deemed incomplete. Click here to access the application portal. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.