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Philanthropy Associate - Northwest

Seattle, Washington
Philanthropy Associate – Northwest

Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit that advances equitable access to high-quality outdoor spaces to help strengthen and connect communities. TPL works with communities to create parks and protect public land where they are needed most. Since 1972, TPL has protected more than 4 million acres of public land, created more than 5,364 parks, trails, schoolyards, and iconic outdoor places, raised $93 billion in public funding for parks and public lands, and connected nearly 9.4 million people to the outdoors.

Position Summary:

The Philanthropy Associate is responsible for supporting all aspects of the philanthropy program in the Northwest. This includes assisting the Northwest Director of Philanthropy and other philanthropy staff with donor cultivation, solicitation, and recognition; donor events, the management of donor tracking in the fundraising database; conducting research on donors and prospects; scheduling meetings, travel, and appointments; and assistance in the production of donor communications. 

This position will be based out of Seattle and the selected candidate should be prepared for at least one day in the office per week.  If not in Seattle, the candidate should have the ability to travel to the Seattle office.

  • Provide administrative support for the Philanthropy Program, including drafting and producing donor correspondence; coordinating mailings; processing gifts and pledges; creating and maintaining files, calendars, and ongoing reports; and ordering or updating development materials as necessary.
  • Maintain donor contact and gift records in database tracking system, enter data in records, produce gift and contact reports for staff, and write contact summaries.
  • Provide assistance to philanthropy staff with donor cultivation and volunteer engagement with our Next Gen Council and Advisory Board.
  • Support fundraising events including logistics, invitations, and communications.
  • Schedule internal and external meetings and conference calls, plan logistics for meetings, make travel arrangements, process expenses and provide other standard clerical and organizational functions for philanthropy as required or assigned by supervisor.
  • Provide research and solicitation strategy support for the Philanthropy Program, including tracking (and in some cases generating) foundation, corporate, and individual research.
  • Work with other TPL philanthropy departments and fundraising teams as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

  • Minimum 3-4 years support experience. 
  • Superior written and oral communication skills; excellent organizational skills.
  • Computer proficiency including fluency with the various Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Sharepoint, PowerPoint).  Proficiency with complex databases or donor management software a plus.
  • Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations in resolving problems and provide guidance to other departments and field offices.
  • Ability to represent TPL to the general public.
  • Knowledge of conservation and environmental issues a plus.

As a non-exempt employee, you will be eligible for the Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, four weeks of vacation annually plus 12-15 paid holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with up to a 7% company match. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the hiring range for this position is $52,000-$64,000

The Trust for Public Land’s active goal is to be an inclusive and equitable place to work and build community. As the organization actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities it welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skillsets. We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you are the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.

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