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The Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) seeks a Major Gifts Program Director

INN is a rapidly growing network of more than 240 nonprofit news organizations across the U.S dedicated to serving the public’s need to stay informed and engaged. One aspect of INN’s mission is to develop business leadership and sustainability strategies for the national member network. To that end, INN, with funding from Knight Foundation, is building a hub for shared major gifts services and capacity-building resources. to raise the level of individual major gift fundraising across the nonprofit news sector.

As a new area within philanthropy, news nonprofits are seeing strong growth in individual giving and high public interest, but need to build skills and tools to leverage the momentum and related initiatives, such as NewsMatch, a national matching gifts campaign that is expanding the national base of news supporters and raised more than $7 million for INN members last year.

The role of the Major Gifts Program Director is to develop and execute the key strategies of the INN Major Gifts Initiative, a three-year endeavor to advance the skills of the INN member network in major donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and donor stewardship to ensure long-term sustainability.

The Major Gifts Program Director (MGPD) will design and coordinate the delivery of major gifts programs and services intended to expand the fundraising capacity at several levels within  the INN member network: start-ups and early stage; growing newsrooms and well-established organizations. The MGPD will encourage the use of best practices in major gift fundraising, strengthen the culture of fundraising in the field and build INN’s professional support structure for development staff working to fund quality journalism. Additionally, the MGPD will develop and track success metrics to meet organizational performance goals, evaluate and guide programming. See the job responsibilities here.

Desired Experience and Education

  • 5-10 years of major gift experience in a midsize organization. Proven success in securing four- to seven-figure gifts
  • Previous experience with the range of development activities such as individual giving, annual fundraising appeals, special events, deferred giving
  • Experience in teaching, mentoring, and advocating for fundraising best practices within an organization, for agency clients or across an association
  • Ability to tailor programs to a range of development operations within startups, midsize, and large organizations
  • Ability to communicate with a range of members and their constituencies
  • Significant interest in the growing field of nonprofit news and accelerating the growth of a young, fast-growing area of philanthropy.
  • Strong organizational and directional skills
  • Comfort working with a remote team
  • Bachelors degree required

About INN
INN, founded in 2009 by 27 investigative news organizations, is a backbone organization serving the fast-growing field of independent investigative and public service news. Across the U.S., news entrepreneurs and communities are founding and growing these public service newsrooms. They share some DNA with public media and are increasingly vital in our democracy, preserving government accountability and public access to information. Today the membership has grown to more than 240 independent news outlets across North America, covering everything from local community news to global issues.

Together they are creating a new civil society news network and strengthening the sources of trusted news for thousands of communities. The MGPG joins a staff of 18 full and part-time INN staff who are passionate about supporting this work.

More information about INN can be found at https://inn.org and about the nonprofit news field in the INN Index.

Compensation and conditions
INN offers a competitive salary and benefits including generous vacation benefits, retirement savings contributions, equipment and learning allowances. We value diversity, work in the open and do everything we can to give back to the journalism community (Read more about our team values). INN is an equal opportunity employer and we seek to increase diversity in our own operation and in the news media and nonprofits. We encourage applications from communities traditionally underrepresented in either field.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and application letter to INN’s chief knowledge officer, Fran Scarlett at fran@inn.org