Philanthropy Officer

September 15, 2021


  • Remote Type: Optional Work from Home in DC, NJ, NY, VA, FL, GA, IL, TX, WA or CA
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Travel Percentage: Up to 25%


World Food Program USA, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, proudly supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme by mobilizing American policymakers, businesses and individuals to advance the global movement to end hunger. Our leadership and support help to bolster an enduring American legacy of feeding families in need around the world.

World Food Program USA (WFP USA) seeks a Philanthropy Officer to support a growing portfolio of donors and prospects capable of giving annual mid-level ($1,000-$9,999) gifts and/or planned gifts to support the organizations operations. The Philanthropy Officer will be a critical part of WFP USAs holistic mid-level donor program and complement our existing direct mail and digital fundraising efforts. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the Philanthropy Officer will help implement engagement strategies for acquiring, renewing, and upgrading mid-level donors.


Donor Relationship Management

  • Build meaningful relationships between donors and WFP USA to serve both the donors philanthropic goals and the organizations mission
  • Manage and engage portfolio of mid-level donors and prospects in the United States through phone calls, personalized emails, ongoing contact and other communications
  • Serve as primary contact for incoming calls and email requests from mid-level donors
  • Commit to a donor-centric framework that honors the donor journey from first to ultimate gift, and the many ways donors engage with and support WFP USA
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Development Support on donor research and stewardship

Donor Strategy

  • Participate in the creation and implementation of strategies to expand our mid-level donor base
  • Help develop and execute cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for mid-level donors with a focus on donor acquisition, retention, upgraded gifts and planned gifts
  • Collaborate with colleagues on mail and digital strategies for mid-level donor appeals and communications, including messaging and donor segmentation
  • Qualify donors from the mid-level program to move to major gifts. Work alongside the major gifts team to facilitate a smooth transition to major gifts for qualified donors.
  • Draft and/or edit correspondence and fundraising material, including funding proposals, impact reports, briefing memos, talking points, letters, and emails

Donor Events & Engagement

  • Plan, execute and/or support cultivation and stewardship opportunities for mid-level donors and prospective donors, including events and surveys, as appropriate

Donor Records Management

  • Maintain accurate records of donor data and interactions through regular upkeep in Salesforce
  • Become knowledgeable about WFP USA’s program areas and priorities
  • Undertake special projects and other responsibilities as needed


  • Passion for our shared vision of creating a world with zero hunger preferred
  • Experience in fundraising, stewardship or donor support
  • 3 years minimum preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to meet goals
  • Basic knowledge of prospect screening and research tools
  • Demonstrated ability to act quickly and effectively while juggling multiple projects, responsibilities, and tasks
  • Excellent relationship building skills and donor focus
  • Must have an entrepreneurial and proactive mindset with the ability to work under remote supervision
  • Must have a team player and collaboration mentality
  • Ability to manage confidential information and observe donor privacy protocols
  • Experience with a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, Salesforce preferred
  • Current driver’s license (preferred)