Philanthropy Associate


Fistula Foundation

We are demonstrating to the world that a new approach to women’s health can change the trajectory of women’s lives and have a profound impact on local communities. An estimated one million women in Africa and Asia suffer from obstetric fistula, a debilitating childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent and, as a result, too often abandoned by her family and shunned by her community. Surgery is the only cure, which we deliver through partners in 30 countries across Africa and Asia. Since 2009, we have provided more than 85,000 free, life-transforming surgeries to women in need.

Fistula Foundation combines the dynamism of a lean startup with the stability of a mature organization. Each year since 2006, we’ve received the highest rating from every nonprofit sector watchdog group. Charity Watch lists us as one of only 34 Top Rated International Organizations, and GuideStar has awarded us Platinum Participant status—the highest designation available to charities. We have also earned the recognition of leaders such as Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, Grammy winner Paul Simon, and internationally renowned ethicist Peter Singer.

The Opportunity

We seek a Philanthropy Associate who is eager to work closely with and support the VP of Philanthropy and CEO as they engage with FF’s most generous donors through the stages of cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding major gifts. Our ideal candidate will possess strong communications and project management skills and is comfortable working in an entrepreneurial culture where teamwork is crucial for effectively coordinating deadlines and workstreams. The capacity and desire to directly manage a portfolio of donors and step into a donor-facing role in the future would be a strength.

The Philanthropy Associate will be an integral part of our team that provides excellent high-touch engagement with major donors. We expect to provide valuable experience and opportunities for career growth in this position.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Provide project management and communications support for the Fistula Foundation major gifts program.
  • Coordinate customization of mailings to major donors with the VP of Philanthropy, CEO, and rest of the donor relations team.
  • Craft custom proposals and reports and execute personalized cultivation and stewardship for major donors and prospects in coordination with the VP of Philanthropy.
  • Conduct donor research and summarize results.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for events and travel programs.
  • Regularly track and report on major gift program metrics.
  • Respond to special requests from the VP of Philanthropy and CEO.
  • Potential to directly manage a portfolio of donors.

Ideal Candidate

  • At least 2-3 years of nonprofit, communications, or project management experience, although recent college graduates will also be considered.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral; ability to clearly and concisely articulate Fistula Foundation’s work and influence potential and existing donors.
  • Passion for international development and commitment to advancing the status of women around the world.
  • Ability to quickly and positively react to new opportunities as they arise while managing existing and competing priorities.
  • Able to work independently, but skilled at considering the needs and time constraints of multiple stakeholders for projects that will involve working across teams.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) required; experience with Raiser’s Edge &/or SalesForce preferred. Fast study of other technology platforms.

Benefits and Culture

The Fistula Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, a 403b retirement plan (with a generous employer match), a subsidy for gym membership, a dog-friendly office, and a generous vacation plan that begins in the first year of employment. We also offer a competitive salary based on qualifications, beginning at $65,000 to $75,000, with the potential for performance-based bonuses and increases.

This position is based in San Jose, California, with a hybrid work model.

Our team prioritizes initiative, productivity, and teamwork. We celebrate the successes of our team and our partners. We value creativity and passion for our mission, while encouraging our teammates to live healthy lives.

We believe that our work is enhanced by a diversity of thought and perspectives. We are an equal-opportunity employer and seek a diverse workforce. Applicants from all backgrounds, especially from communities of color, are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

  • Please send your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter to:
  • (Please include “Philanthropy Associate” in the subject line.)
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews anticipated to begin May 15.  We will respond to all applicants.

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