Development Associate

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The Pollination Project seeks to unleash the goodness in each person we come into contact with (and beyond), therefore becoming a formidable antidote to apathy and indifference. We make seed grants to individuals and small start-up organizations who seek to spread compassion in their communities and the world at large. Since we began, The Pollination Project has made over 4,000 grants in 116 countries. Through pollinating and amplifying the good in our grantees, we hope to create the conditions for new ecologies of compassion consciousness in society.


As our Development Associate at The Pollination Project (TPP) you will be responsible for assisting in many areas of our emerging fundraising plan. This will include managing and cultivating relationships with givers.

This is a role for a creative thinker who is comfortable innovating, and is not averse to pioneering new ways of thinking and working. An ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate our organization’s mission and values is key. You’ll be expected to energize team members, inspire prospects and dream big.

As our manager of the major gift program you will:

  • Support donors in accomplishing their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our organization.
  • Research and write grant proposals
  • Secure major gifts with the goal of supporting our grantee community.
  • Manage existing portfolio of current and potential donors.
  • Work with the team to align efforts and set goals.
  • Acknowledge major donors through public and private recognition
  • Track and report progress using specific metrics

Required qualifications:

  • Engagement and genuine alignment with the mission of The Pollination Project;
  • Fund development experience and a solid understanding of the core components of an effective fundraising program;
  • An “attitude of gratitude” that compliments the worldview of the amazing donors we work with;
  • Appreciation for people and their diversity, coupled with an ability to relate well and work with multiple constituencies and audiences;
  • Creative, entrepreneurial and strategic thinking;
  • Storytelling and communications skills; articulate and persuasive with a desire to build authentic relationships with donors and others;
  • Resiliency, initiative, and the ability to work independently;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Interest in or commitment to animal rights and a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle is helpful but not expressly required.


The Pollination Project is committed to a just and equitable society wherein all people are treated equally, opportunity is justly distributed, and all voices are heard. We affirm and seek diversity in gender, race, color, ethnicity & national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), class, religion, ability, life experiences, and background as both a positive contribution to our organizational environment and a critical asset for informing and enabling our work. With this in mind, we are committed to maintaining a work environment that recognizes, understands, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of each member and we approach every hiring decision with a commitment to workplace diversity.


The Pollination Project is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


The Pollination Project seeks to unleash the goodness in each person we come into contact with (and beyond), therefore becoming a formidable antidote to apathy and indifference. We make seed grants to individuals and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


USD 55,000 - USD 60,000


Highly competitive benefits

Highly competitive benefits


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Asheville, NC, USA

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