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Senior Philanthropy and Growth Officer

Feed the Truth, a new and growing nonprofit that works to realize a healthier, more just food future, is seeking its first Senior Philanthropy and Growth Officer to establish and drive Feed the Truth’s major fundraising efforts. This is a ground-floor opportunity to help shape the organization’s strategy and programmatic priorities, working closely with Feed the Truth’s leadership team and growing Board of Directors. We’re looking for candidates who have the vision, experience, and creativity to help grow Feed the Truth’s impact and that of the broader global movement for food justice. 

About Feed the Truth

Feed the Truth seeks to be a force for food system change working to hold the powerful to account and create a healthier and more just world. Feed the Truth was seeded by Daniel Lubetzky—a philanthropist and entrepreneur best known for creating the snack company KIND—with the goal that organization would “hold all of us in the food community accountable for what we say and claim” and counteract the food industry’s undue influence in shaping policy and science. Mr. Lubetzky’s ten-year $25 million funding commitment to Feed the Truth is unique in that it enables the organization to build and sustain a strong foundation from which it can take risks and help contribute to and grow a movement for a healthier, fairer food system that works for people and not just profit. 

Feed the Truth works to get Big Food to make big change through smart campaigns, shareholder advocacy, a partnerships-first approach and strategic research and analysis to create greater corporate transparency and accountability. Our work is centered around and informed by the people who are feeling the impacts of a food system gone awry. It is also driven by the urgency of this political and cultural moment and the need to transform an exploitative and racially unjust food system. 

Position Summary

As the Senior Philanthropy and Growth Officer you will plan, develop, and implement Feed the Truth’s strategies that will enable us to grow our programs and impact, resource our partnership and joint work, and mobilize greater funding for the movement for food justice.  You will play a lead role in building the organization’s major gift fundraising capabilities and cultivating relationships with influential and emerging philanthropists. As a growing organization with a big mission, we’re seeking someone who can successfully lead forward-thinking strategies to help us raise $1+ million annually. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Planning, developing, and managing Feed the Truth’s overall fundraising strategy with support from the DIrector of Communications and Development, building our major gifts program, and coordinating on the organization’s other fundraising efforts.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of major donors ($1000+ initially, as we build) with the capacity to give 5- and 6-figure annual and/or multi-year gifts in time.
  •  Ensure proper acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship of all donors.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and manage Board fundraising capacity.
  •  Interface with program directors and teams to help develop and implement strategies for engaging donors in their work with the goal of inspiring new and increased gifts.
  • Coordinating with the communications team, notably our Associate Director of Communications, Digital, to ensure our digital fundraising program is well-integrated with our other fundraising programs.
  • Ensuring we have strong systems, cross-organizational communication, and moves management for our grants and foundation relations. 
  • Contribute to fundraising communications strategy, including seasonal campaigns, major donor communications plan, digital acquisition tactics and more.
  • Develop creative and impactful content, annual appeals, matching gift opportunities and other giving vehicles and reports that connect donors with our work and impact.
  • Develop systems and tools needed for a high-functioning fundraising shop, including getting us organized in Every Action, on prospect research, in generating donor outreach materials, and beyond. 
  • Keeping up with trends in philanthropy, advocating for mission-aligned, innovative and strategic fundraising strategies which will help scale impact for Feed the Truth, its partners, and the global food justice movement. 

Qualifications

Key skills, experience, and attributes. You have:

  • At least ten years of work experience, including a background in managing a fundraising portfolio and soliciting major gifts - preferably in an advocacy setting.
  • Direct experience leading and working with mid to high-net-worth individuals across a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experiences.
  • A track record that demonstrates solid fundraising results and demonstrated success soliciting and closing major gifts.
  • A pre-existing network of relationships and deep knowledge of the landscape of progressive donors and foundations;
  • Experience in effectively engaging and leading senior staff and Board Members in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage and effectively prioritize fundraising activities.
  • Experience coordinating grant proposal and reporting requirements.
  • Excellent oral and written communication as a passionate communicator.
  • A highly organized and detail-oriented work style and experience handling confidential and sensitive information. 
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, ideally including experience working with the principles of Community-centric Fundraising and interest in emerging trends in philanthropy that address historic inequities in giving.
  • Awareness of and commitment to improving gender and racial dynamics in collaboration. 
  • Training, orientation, and experience with new trends in philanthropy.
  • An interest in food justice and democracy issues. 

Details: This position is remote but we have a preference for candidates based in the Washington, D.C and Portland, OR areas. We will consider candidates based in the U.S. who are near a major travel hub and can travel easily. You will report to our Director of Communications and Development and partner closely with our Executive Director. 

Salary and benefits: The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $110,000 per year and the salary offered will be dependent on market factors and the candidate’s professional experience and capabilities. This is a full-time, exempt position. Feed the Truth provides exceptional benefits,  including medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k retirement plan, generous paid vacation and sick time, paid holidays, life insurance, and short-term and long-term disability insurance.   

How to Apply

  • Please click on the apply button and submit your application including a cover letter which speaks to your interest in our mission. Please also let us know where you heard about the job.
  • The application deadline is Monday, August 16th and we are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis. Please apply as soon as possible. We’re looking forward to learning more about you and your background!

Equal Opportunity

Feed the Truth is an equal opportunity employer.  We seek to recruit persons that reflect the diversity of the communities we work with and to support their retention and advancement within the organization. Feed the Truth encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, parental status, or veteran status.


 

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