The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.
We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.
Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national, and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.
With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Australia, Brussels, and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.
Philanthropic Partnerships (PPG)
Philanthropic Partnerships is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and foundation prospects and donors.
PPG is recruiting a donor relations professional with experience in a nonprofit organization and/or in the area of fundraising. The Associate, part of the Donor Relations team, will assist in developing communications and supporting events to steward donors and cultivate prospects. Strong writing and organizational skills are central requirements for this position.
The incumbent will assist in creating highly personalized reports and other written content to effectively convey the impact of Pew’s work to audiences to steward current donors. The associate will also help write and coordinate internal communications about the department’s activities to others at Pew, including program colleagues, the executive office, and the board of directors. The associate will assist with the implementation of targeted event strategies to convey philanthropic opportunities available with Pew for fundraising purposes. Collectively, these activities will expand the PPG prospect pipeline to attract new individual and foundation partners, steward existing funder relationships, and raise the profile of Pew’s philanthropic partnerships.
This position is located in Pew’s Washington, DC, office and reports to the Project Director, Donor Relations.
• Assist frontline fundraisers in stewarding donors by creating communications that are appropriate for diverse audiences, including updates to donors and complex, comprehensive reports on gift impact to current partners.
• Work with PPG’s senior managers to write and prepare documents for Pew’s board and CEO, including planning memos, overviews of fundraising strategy, and updates on prospect and donor relationships.
• Edit and proofread a variety of written pieces with high attention to detail, including special information packages, letters, reports, and project updates.
• Assist in executing travel and events within the U.S. and internationally, including securing event sites; managing guest lists; drafting print and electronic invitations; interacting with vendors; tracking expenses; preparing background materials, briefings, and itineraries for Pew’s executive office and program staff; and managing work flow with Pew colleagues.
• Accurately maintain PPG’s Salesforce constituent relationship management (CRM) system for management of and communications with prospects and donors.
• Support special projects and requests, including developing one-of-a-kind packages and coordinating responses to requests for collateral, media clips, or other materials.
• Thoroughly understand Pew and how it operates; develop a comprehensive knowledge of its history, culture, programs, and base of philanthropic support; and create prospect and donor communications that are compelling and connected to the core priorities of the institution.
• Other duties, as assigned.
• Associate's degree required, bachelor’s degree preferred.
• A minimum of one year of experience required, preferably in a position requiring writing, editing, and event planning in the public policy, nonprofit, or fundraising arena.
• Strong written and verbal communications skills (including editing and proofreading), and the ability to understand and translate Pew’s mission and interests for donors and prospects with clarity, crispness, and effectiveness. Excellent organizational and project management skills to manage multiple tasks while prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines. Ability to create and maintain files, recording systems, and project management protocols.
• Familiarity with print, web, video, and multi-media communications.
• Respects teamwork and possesses the ability to communicate diplomatically and coordinate effectively with colleagues and senior professionals across the organization.
• Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook); ability to create attractive documents, simple charts, and spreadsheets.
• Ability to learn technology used at Pew, including Salesforce.
• Proficiency in Adobe Suite for document design, with some experience with Adobe InDesign, preferred.
Additional critical skills
• Ability to learn quickly and undertake and execute tasks efficiently.
• Sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.
• Ability to understand organizational structure and work through administrative systems.
• Strong work ethic.
• High attention to detail, particularly with facts and figures.
• Takes pride in both the quality and accuracy of all work.
• Maintains a customer service demeanor at all times.
• Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals.
• Self-directed to take action and resolve issues.
Minimal travel anticipated.
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.