MoveOn.org is a community of millions of members working together to create progressive change in America. We take on campaigns to challenge entrenched power and push back against right-wing policies, while pursuing economic, racial, and social justice. For 18 years, the MoveOn family of organizations have pioneered online tools to lower the barriers to individual and collective participation in our democracy, so real Americans have a voice in a political process where big money and corporate lobbyists wield too much influence. In the Trump era, we're growing to meet unprecedented challenges, as we work to block Trump and GOP policy priorities, stand with front-line communities, defend key norms and institutions of our democracy, and (speaking solely for MoveOn PAC) prepare to retake power in future elections.
Our MoveOn family is made up of three different entities. MoveOn.org Civic Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, focuses on education and advocacy, driving powerful campaigns that engage a mass public and building the progressive movement by encouraging and supporting the development of more grassroots leaders. MoveOn.org Political Action, a federal PAC, is focused on demonstrating MoveOn members’ power at the ballot box and electing candidates who reflect MoveOn members’ values. MoveOn.org Education Fund was founded in 2018 to educate the public and promote efforts critical to supporting a democracy dedicated to the common good, focusing on public policy issues such as racial justice, foreign policy, and the influence of money in politics.
MoveOn is seeking a senior-level Development Director to expand and build out an already-healthy major donor, middle donor and foundation program. MoveOn’s large donor fundraising, initiated in 2015, complements the small donor base that was the organization’s exclusive source of income for many years and remains the strong majority of MoveOn’s income. The large donor program has quickly become an important additional asset to help MoveOn meet the escalating challenges of this historical moment, raising more than $12 million in less than three years while complying with the highest levels of transparency and reporting. The Development Director will help lead the next phase of growth as we as we seek to develop a sustainable program that continues to compliment MoveOn’s range of fundraising methods.
The Development Director will lead a three-person team including a dedicated gift officer and an operations manager/prospect researcher. The team will build on MoveOn’s current momentum to identify and steward relationships with generous supporters; meet ambitious goals for gifts; and guide a long-term vision for major donor fundraising at MoveOn. The Development Director will work closely with our executive directors and program teams to identify and create impactful and engaging campaigns for progressive change, and communicate those campaigns to potential supporters.
With hundreds of thousands of current donors, and top-flight data/analytics capacity and communications programs already in place, this is a unique and remarkable context for innovative, high-integrity development work to enhance MoveOn members’ power and impact. The ideal person for this role will be a creative leader and development professional with an entrepreneurial streak, an ability to chart development strategy in close consultation with organizational principles and program leads, and significant experience fundraising for political campaigns and/or 501(c)4 or 501(c)3 organizations. This is a relatively new initiative, and the successful candidate will be excited to strengthen and expand upon a strong program. MoveOn does not accept funding from corporations or from government entities, and prioritizes support from members. The Development Director will be a key leader within the organization, and will help drive the expansion of MoveOn’s funding base and network of supporters.
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Location: Position can be based anywhere in the continental US. Will require some travel and proximity to a major airport is preferred.
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