Individual Giving Manager

Development · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time

Job Title Individual Giving Manager

Position Status: Full time, salaried, exempt. 

Work Location: Negotiable within the U.S. We have an office in Washington, D.C. and are open to remote work from various geographic locations within the United States.

Posting Date: 7/21/21

Position summary:

Free Press is working to create a world where people have the information and opportunities they need to tell their own stories, hold leaders accountable, and participate in our democracy. 

The individual giving manager is a member of Free Press’ small, powerhouse development team and is responsible for leading and implementing our individual donor program. They thrive on connecting and building relationships with individual donors at all giving levels, and they’re able to tell the Free Press story to a variety of audiences in ways that make supporting our work irresistible. They bring creativity, strategic thinking and a spirit of cross-team collaboration to their work to expand Free Press’ capacity to acquire, steward and retain individual donors. They are the primary liaison with the digital team on online fundraising campaigns and support the co-CEOs in their fundraising and work with the Board of Directors. The individual giving manager will spend approximately 75% of their time on donor-focused responsibilities. 

The individual giving manager also anchors the development team’s data management needs, including maintaining donor/funder files and donor portfolio assignments, producing easily digestible donor and foundation giving reports, and responding to donor inquiries and requests. They liaise with the operations team to support the acquisition and use of licensed software and services and to reconcile financial information between teams. The individual giving manager will spend approximately 25% of their time on development team administrative responsibilities. 

The individual giving manager reports to the development director. This job requires flexibility in work schedule, generally aligning to U.S. East Coast hours. This position requires evening and weekend work during peak fundraising cycles or in the lead up to special events. Occasional local, regional and national domestic travel is required, including to events or meetings hosted by others is expected once the pandemic is under control.

Free Press is composed of two separate organizations, Free Press (501c3) and Free Press Action Fund (501c4) which are supported solely through gifts from charitable foundations and individuals. We don’t take a cent from business, government or political parties — our independence is too important. Both entities share the same overall mission and employees will have time assigned to one or both entities. This job description refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “Free Press.” 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Strategy: Hold and guide the big picture of individual-donor giving to Free Press as a key pillar of our fundraising strategy and goals. Working in collaboration with the development director, senior digital director and outside consultants, set the strategic direction for, right-size and help implement the individual giving strategy for Free Press. This includes, e.g., partnering with the digital team on online fundraising campaigns and donor cultivation strategies; working with the development director on building and maintaining a pipeline from mid-level to major gift donors; and assisting the co-CEOs with cultivating and stewarding our highest-level donors.
  • Fundraising and Donor Relations: Set and meet ambitious annual fundraising goals for a portfolio of mid-level donors; co-create and support successful digital fundraising campaigns in collaboration with the digital team; respond to donor inquiries; make thank-you calls and write gift-acknowledgement letters; manage print appeals; support donor relations at special events; and more.

  • Administration: Anchor the development team’s administrative and data management needs. Additional tasks include generating weekly donor lists, sending monthly co-CEO email updates to a curated list of supporters, using a wealth-screening tool to assess and uncover major donor prospects for inclusion in development staffers’ donor portfolios, and other as needed.

  • Advancing race equity: Clearly and consistently articulate an understanding of racial equity and structural racism and the centrality of this analysis to the work Free Press does and how we operate. Integrate that knowledge into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities and decisions on race, class, gender and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects. 

Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Must bring a strong affinity for and commitment to building authentic relationships with supporters at all gift levels, and an ability to provide top-notch customer service to supporters.
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have experience using Salesforce (or similar constituent relationship management tool) as well as prospect research, donor wealth screening and similar tools.
  • Must have experience with cloud-based licensed services such as G-Suite. 
  • Must have data analysis, reporting and presentation skills.
  • Must be looking to develop their career in a fundraising setting. 
  • Experience with digital communications and fundraising is a plus.
  • Must have a commitment to racial equity and experience working with communities of color.
  • Must be a creative self-starter, able to work independently and with limited oversight to accomplish agreed upon objectives and to evaluate results.
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines, navigate competing priorities and effectively adjust work plans to respond to emergent challenges or opportunities.
  • Must be able to remain positive, tactful and composed under pressure.
  • Must be a team player with a low-ego approach to collaboration with both internal and external colleagues.
  • Must be able to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of external organizations
  • Spanish language fluency is a plus.
  • Must value and respect differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance.
  • Dedication to Free Press’ mission of fighting for everyone’s rights to connect and communicate, in addition to the overall success of the organization.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • No minimum education is required; a bachelor's degree may be an indicator of capacity for this position.
  • 5 or more years of directly relevant experience in a nonprofit public interest organization or similar setting is required.
  • Strong interest in media and technology issues and demonstrated experience working on those or similar issues.
  • Demonstrated capacity for full-charge “ownership” of program or administrative areas that are integral to day to day organizational functions.
  • Experience supervising  volunteers or interns.
  • Experience liaising with colleagues in allied organizations.
  • Attention to detail, flexibility and demonstrated capacity to operate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must have ability to succeed in a predominately telework/remote office  environment, including working with an off-site manager, adopting and maintaining strong digital security practices, and fostering connection and community with colleagues located throughout the U.S.


Covid - 19 Vaccination:

All Free Press employees must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or have an approved medical or religious/ethical/moral accommodation.  


Free Press is committed to offering competitive pay and generous benefits, including group medical, dental and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts and paid family leave. Annual paid time off is a total of nine weeks, including vacation, health-care leave and holidays.

We provide a home office and cell phone stipend, a computer and other needed equipment and furniture as applicable.

This position is categorized as a tier two position, in the context of five possible functional classifications at Free Press, ranging from coordinator (tier one) to executive (tier five). 

The starting salary at Free Press for an individual giving manager who meets the above qualifications is $65,000-$70,000.  Starting salary is based on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. To counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, we use a nonnegotiable starting salary system, while benchmarking our pay to highly competitive markets in the nonprofit sector.

How to apply:

Complete our online application.  Fully answering the application questions is an important part of the application process; 4-5 sentences in response to each question will help us understand your thinking.

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Free Press Is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value excellence and diversity in our workforce. People of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you meet some of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply or to reach out for more information. We know groups subjected to systemic oppression– including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ – are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for a job. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other communities who are marginalized.

We provide reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspect of the employee selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please email to request an accommodation.

Key dates:

This position was posted on July 21, 2021. We encourage early applications and will begin our screening process on August 16, 2021.  This search will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will be available to begin work in October 2021.

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