Chief of Donor Engagement

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Published 20 days ago

About the Organization

Founded in 2008, Campus Election Engagement Project (Campus Elect) is a national nonpartisan 501 c 3 organization whose mission is to increase youth civic power and youth voting, giving emphasis to Black, Indigenous and Youth of Color.  At this pivotal time, the landscape for young people understanding, and participating in, our democracy is changing so rapidly that they may never inherit the future we promised. Rigorous novel data collection and analysis are now driving our youth centric voting interventions, and determining what we are scaling. This data driven approach will have a greater impact on increasing young people’s voting and civic power.

“These times call for rigorous and data driven work, to effectively mobilize young people both on- and off-campus in strategic districts. We must bridge the town and gown divide, continue to work with two- and four-year college faculty and administrations, partner with community groups, and support young people’s participation in social justice movements.” - Maxim Thorne, Esq., Campus Elect CEO  

Re-imagining why, how and where we engage youth voters

We are committed to ensuring young voices and votes matter in our democracy. We have reimagined how and where to engage young voters. The data compels us to center racial equity and the enfranchisement of Black, Indigenous and Youth of Color (BIYoC), and to increase our work in key states and at People of Color Serving Institutions (PoCSIs), including Tribal Campuses, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and more. We adopted our Organizing, Advocacy and Learning model to equip young people to dismantle barriers to voting.

How we power young voices and votes

With surgical precision, lawmakers are depriving young people of their right to vote. They have introduced over 400 voting bills in 49 states during 2021 alone, 28 of which have already been signed into law. They are targeting BIYoC populations especially. They are gerrymandering predominantly Black colleges, banning polling sites and prohibiting voter registration on campuses, and rejecting student IDs as voter IDs. The intent is to remove youth and BIYoC voters because of their success in impacting important elections in 2020 and in January 2021.

New data-driven interventions are being deployed to help young people confront the horrifying movement of voter suppression bills across the US, which coincides with a fourth wave of COVID. We have designed three major series of interventions to dismantle new and existing barriers: Youth Civic Power, Campus Civic Power, and Institution Civic Power. We are training and deploying 600 Fellows - called “Civic Influencers” - both on- and off- campus to influence their peers and communities, through on-the-ground and digital organizing, that will lead to increased youth voter turnout and civic power.  

Institutional Foundations

  • Foster and grow Campus Elect’s existing institutional funders (25+) to ensure continued support of core initiatives and special projects;
  • Research national and state-specific grant opportunities to deepen Campus Elect’s institutional funder pool;
  • Write grants and LOIs in response to available funding opportunities on a year-round basis;
  • Prepare impact, quarterly and final reports for secured institutional funding; 
  • Design informational presentations for new foundations to learn more about Campus Elect’s work and engagement opportunities.

High Net Worth Donor Engagement

  • Foster and grow Campus Elect’s existing high net worth donors (50+) to ensure continued support of core initiatives and special projects.
  • Initiative Donor volunteer engagement/activism to increase HNW experience in youth civic engagement.
  • Ensure the continuing transition of all relationships from Board Members, ensuring no fallout in retention.
  • Host high net worth donors networks at briefings and events to expand Campus Elect’s reach nationally and deepen its donor pool.

Corporations & Sponsorships 

  • Develop Corporate outreach strategy, including creatively packaging Campus Elect’s offerings for sponsorship and corporate investment.
  • Host meet-and-greets with corporations and their staff interested in learning more about Campus Elect’s work and become involved as volunteers.

Small Dollar Engagement

  • Build out a small donor program, utilizing mail, email and social appeals.
  • Working with the Donor Advisor, create a yearly appeal calendar with support of the Communications and Organizing, Learning & Advocacy departments. 

Strategy & Management

  • Formulate donor engagement strategy and prepare an annual plan for the Donor Engagement Department and organization;
  • Oversee the all-hands-on-deck Donor Engagement Team and ensure that all goals, targets and KPIs are met;
  • Develop and maintain a departmental budget and ensure overall fiscal integrity of the program;
  • Assures that the Donor Engagement Department is thoroughly and effectively integrated with all other departments so the goal of each may contribute to higher revenues.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher required.
  • 8+ years of proven progressive fundraising.
  • Capable of building and sustaining relationships with a variety of individuals and organizations, including family foundations, public foundations, corporations. 
  • Ability and comfortability to close face-to-face sales and sponsorships.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage strategic planning while being able to respond to short-term organizational needs.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of CRMs and other content management databases.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills; including the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with other staff, partner organizations, elected and appointed officials, corporate/business representatives, and community members.
  • Commitment to transparency, accountability, and direct communication.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to manage highly sensitive, confidential information using excellent judgment at all times.
  • Must have a commitment to DEI and cultural competency, including an awareness of one's own cultural worldview, a welcoming attitude towards cultural differences, an appreciative knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews, and cross-cultural skills.


Desired Skills:

  • Experience working in a movement organization, including ones focused on Voting Rights, Social Justice, Civil Rights or Youth.
  • Experience working with or within a higher education institution, People of Color Serving Institutions (PoCSIs, e.g., HSIs and HBCUs a plus).

Other Requirements:

  • Available for travel as needed.
  • Extremely reliable and available on evenings and weekends for occasional events and conferences.

This is a remote position, work may be performed anywhere in the United States.

About the Organization

Founded in 2008, Campus Election Engagement Project (Campus Elect) is a national nonpartisan 501 c 3 organization whose mission is to increase youth civic power and youth voting, giving emphasis to Black, Indigenous…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


USD 60,000 - USD 90,000


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Lewes, DE 19958, USA

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