The politically conservative Philanthropy Daily has a fundraising newsletter and has interesting advice for new Major Gifts Officers
- When you start making calls to donors and prospects, mention you’re new here
- Use your inexperience as an opportunity to re-cultivate current donors
- Ask your donors and prospects for advice on how to do your new job
- Stay “new” as long as possible
The Jobs Are Out There!
You’d think we just finished a pandemic or economic downturn. There are literally hundreds of philanthropy jobs (not fundraising/philanthropy) out there. Here’s a small sampling. Most of these jobs and other jobs can be found on indeed.com. Interested in a specific funder? Go to their Careers section.
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- Steelcase Foundation (MI) Program Officer (also lots of mechanical engineering jobs)
- Amazon Andes Fund (DC) Program Officer (not the Bezos people)
- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Silicon Valley) Program Officer
- Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (MI) Program Officer, Environment
- Borealis Philanthropy (MN) Program Officer, Disability Inclusion Fund
- Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Associate Advisor in Chicago and New York
- WK Kellogg Foundation (MI) Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean
- Robert McCormick Foundation (IL) Program Officer Education
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (NJ) Senior Program Officer, Healthy Children and Families
- Julian Grace Foundation (IL) Philanthropic Program Community organizing Racial justice focus
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund (NC) Program Officer
- Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (DC) Program Coordinator
- Ralph C. Williams Jr Foundation (CA) Program Officer
- Laughing Gull Foundation (NC) Executive Director
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – there are currently 34 Program Officer jobs open
- Ford Foundation – there are currently 7 positions available from NYC to So. Africa to India.
- Simons Foundation (NY) – Outreach and Program Coordinator positions available
- Bezos Earth Fund (DC) – there are currently 4 positions available, including communications
- If none of this pique your interest there are several positions available with the Central Intelligence Agency including the ominous sounding Operations Officer