Philanthropy and Community Engagement Associate

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Philanthropy and Community Engagement Associate

PROGRAM: Philanthropy and Community Engagement 

SUPERVISOR: Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement 

WORKING HOURS:  40 hours per week (occasional weekend/evening hours)

CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Hourly – Non-Exempt

PAY RANGE: $18.00 – $20.00 per hour, based on experience.


Manages IIB’s annual giving society, Good Neighbor Society, and works to qualify donors through pipeline management. This includes welcoming new members (and current) by beginning a relationship that benefits IIB and instills a sense of belonging for the donor. Creates strategies to engage donors and build a connection to encourage future increased giving. This is done through personal visits (coffee visits, breakfast, lunch, etc.), tours of the IIB campus, events, phone calls, and emails. Works with the Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement to identify new community partnership opportunities with businesses, civic groups, religious groups, student groups, and other organizations that will draw people into the mission of IIB and engage them as donors and volunteers. Works as a backup and cross-trains with the Communications Department.


  • At least two years of professional experience in a fundraising/development office and/or community engagement role.
  • Professional work experience using a database, preferably EveryAction or SalesForce.
  • Professional experience interacting with donors and/or distinguished community members and volunteers.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Positive and professional demeanor.
  • Experience organizing, planning, and running events
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Graphics experience, including working with Adobe and Canva is helpful but not necessary.
  • Experience working for non-profit organizations is helpful but not necessary.


80% Works under general supervision of the Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement. 20% works under the Communications Director.


Good Neighbor Society Management (GNS)

  • Manage the GNS’s day-to-day, including ensuring new members are appropriately welcomed and receive any owed benefits.
  • Cultivate current members in the $100-$1000 range to build a relationship between the donor and IIB.
  • Personal, one-on-one visits with donors to learn about why they give, how they want to be involved, and if there is potential for higher giving.
  • Work with the Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement to strategize ways to increase giving and move relationships along.
  • Properly thank and steward all donors.
  • The general point of contact for all GNS inquiries.
  • Work with the Director of Philanthropy to develop annual performance metrics.
  • Keep the database (EveryAction) updated and accurate.
  • Process and file contributions.
  • Work with the Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement and Communications Director to enhance donor outreach and communication strategies.
  • Research businesses, religious organizations, clubs, schools, and other entities to form ongoing partnerships and future donations.
  • Assist the Director of Philanthropy in identifying new opportunities for fundraising in the community.
  • Provide administrative support for media events and institute fundraising events.
  • Provide administrative backup to the Communications Department, as needed.


  • Manage the day-to-day of the Philanthropy and Community Engagement intern when the department has one.
  • Train the intern to handle the database, all thank you letter production, and any general communication going to the general public from the Department of Philanthropy.


  • Participate in community-wide and agency-sponsored activities.
  • May serve on special committees or task forces.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be able to travel to sites using own personal vehicle.
  • Office environment.
  • May perform duties that include lifting, carrying, bending, sitting, standing, or being outside in inclement weather for short periods.

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