Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Job Overview/Summary: To maintain a portfolio of donors and donor prospects with financial capacity to make annual gifts of $500,000 or more. To initiate and strengthen relationships with individuals who have the capacity and likelihood to reach the 7-figure level of giving. To cultivate, solicit and steward through the use of correspondence, proposals, briefing materials and IRC program materials for personal communications and for senior staff and board members.
- Draft solicitations, cultivation correspondence, proposals and other written materials to engage high value donors and prospects. Design ways to deepen donor commitment and enhanced gift giving.
- Offer in-person appointments for IRC leadership, both senior staff and volunteers, with all donors and prospects annually.
- Choreograph, prepare strategy, briefing and debriefing materials for face-to-face meeting with major donors conducted by senior staff or Board leadership.
- Track progress utilizing Salesforce database.
- Supervise Principal Gifts Associate.
- Collaborate with colleagues in External Relations, particularly events fundraising and marketing, on solicitation and cultivation of principal giving-level donors. Liaise with program staff in both U.S. Programs and International Programs (USP and IPD) to gather materials which are translated into proposals or donor reports.
- Request to administrative support or attend to administrative needs personally on correspondence, expense reports and other administrative matters.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher
Work Experience: 6-8 years of progressive non-profit fundraising experience and demonstrated expertise in major gifts fundraising.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Exemplary oral and written communication skills. Creative thinking to develop engagement strategies with maximum impact. Organizational skills. Tact and diplomacy. Ability to work independently.
Working Environment: Standard office work environment. Travel required to visit donors or accompany senior staff on donor visits. Occasional international travel required to see IRC programs.