Annual Fund Manager

YWCA PDX | Portland, OR

Posted Date 9/01/2023

Position Overview

Are you a bold, courageous, community-centric fundraiser? Are you eager to create authentic appeals that engage our diverse community? YWCA seeks a bold and innovative Annual Fund Manager for our growing Development Team. In this position, you will manage YWCA’s annual giving efforts including effective donor stewardship, increasing donor engagement, and developing a robust donor pipeline. With courage and commitment, the Annual Fund Manager will be on a mission to raise the critical funds necessary to meet our community’s evolving needs.


YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more than 120 years, YWCA of Greater Portland has invested in our community, supported survivors, and advocated for the most vulnerable among us: women, children, seniors, the unhoused, and the incarcerated. As one of 200 Associations nationwide, we are proud members of YWCA USA, one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the nation.

Department: Development
Reports To: Director of Development
Status: Full time / Salary, Exempt
Wage Range: 65,000 – 72,000

Application Process

Posting is active until September 22, 2023 with interviews conducted in early October.

Please submit a complete application, which includes:

  • Cover letter that highlights what inspires you about our mission, and how your personal and/or professional experience will strengthen YWCA and support our growing Development team.
  • Resume
  • 3 to 5 References

Only complete applications will be considered.

Applications to: - Include job title in the subject line.

Key Responsiblities

Dynamic and Inspired Donor Engagement

  • Partner with the Development Director to build YWCA’s capacity to create compelling stewardship opportunities for the Annual Giving program.
  • Inspire a wide range of committed donors and corporate partners through print, in-person, and virtual contact and the coordination of meaningful cultivation opportunities that recognize and celebrate the gifts of each donor at every level.
  • Develop bold and personable cultivation strategies that strengthen the donor’s commitment and connection to YWCA’s mission, values, and programs.
  • Create strategies to keep donors energized by their connection to YWCA reflected in increasing rates of renewal and pledge fulfillment.
  • Develop, calendar, and implement a comprehensive plan for all annual fund solicitations for the calendar year, making appropriate adjustments as necessary to respond to changes and opportunities throughout the year.
  • Manage all logistics related to annual giving appeals; lead planning activities, develop mailing lists, prepare mailings, and lead the strategy and day-to-day workplan for the annual giving program.
  • Collaborate with Communications Manager to creatively inform the design and content of all direct mail, electronic, and social media solicitations.
  • Implement multi-channel (mail, phone, email, social media) mass solicitation strategy to increase giving and engagement and meet annual giving goal.
  • Deploy appropriate cultivation and stewardship tools and assist with cultivation and stewardship events.

Meaningful People & Program Management

  • Describe the opportunities, impacts, and what it really takes to effectively manage a robust, community-centric annual fundraising campaign.
  • Support, train, and mentor program staff including coordination with their supervisors on donor stewardship and community-centric fundraising best practices; facilitate cross-departmental efforts and relationships; strengthen team culture.
  • Identify budget priorities; maintain budget and monitor program revenue and expenditures and adjust program activities as needed.
  • Design effective program benchmarks and evaluations, as well as the policies and procedures needed to effectively manage an evolving program.
  • Conduct assessments in collaboration with the Data and Compliance Manager of donor demographics, engagement, and feedback to improve engagement opportunities, effectiveness, and relevancy.

Participatory Teamwork & Responsible Representation

  • Engage consistently in anti-racism practices and approaches with internal and external work based on a deep understanding of historical and present-day structural racism.
  • Engage the generosity of the whole community with community-centric fundraising tied to the mission and values of YWCA and infuse a culture of philanthropy across the organization.
  • Work with development and finance teams to produce reports for funders, donors, and YWCA Board of Directors.
  • Maintain all required training and certification plus 12 hours of YWCA Social Justice Training annually.
  • Help set strategic priorities and agency-wide policies as a member of the Leadership Team.
  • Represent the program and YWCA in the community, with community partners and other collaborators.
  • Uphold YWCA of Greater Portland’s mission, vision, and values by acting with integrity, accountability, and responsibility toward community-based projects, fellow employees, volunteers, donors, and everyone the organization engages with.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Commits to eliminating racism and empowering women, strives for equity in all aspects of their work, and has a strong understanding of trauma-informed principles and practices.
  • Communicates clearly, consistently, and kindly with agency partners, and colleagues, and responds in a timely, compassionate, and appropriate way to multiple partners.
  • Manages a complicated and frequently deadline-driven work environment with consistent and effective self-care strategies and techniques.
  • Advocates for social justice, including furthering the rights, protections, access to safety, and empowerment of historically oppressed, under-represented, and/or marginalized communities.
  • Regulates personal emotions and practices self-care while enduring moderate amounts of stress and vicarious trauma.
  • Brings an intersectional lens to the work that focuses on lived experience, resiliency, and opportunities for calling in and deeper learning.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Required: 40-Hour Domestic Violence Certification (provided upon hire).
  • Minimum of 4 years of progressive experience in relevant fundraising and development positions through any combination of education, employment or other relevant experience.
  • Ability to effectively present information using brand guidelines, clearly and succinctly make a case for support, and write in a style appropriate to the audience and format.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with current and prospective donors and volunteers, partner agencies, multicultural clients and colleagues on all levels.
  • Keen attention to detail and quality; ability to edit and proof proposals and other fundraising documents.
  • Experience using a data management platform or program such as Blackbaud, Bloomerang, Little Green Light, Salesforce (Bloomerang preferred).
  • Experience making data-informed decisions pulling from an organization’s data management platform as well as industry best-practices.
  • Experience developing and implementing successful fund development plans that result in increased donor engagement and revenue.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and complete multiple and varied tasks.
  • Desire to actively participate in self-reflection, continued education, and professional development.
  • Ability to build rapport with people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds; consistently treat others with respect and dignity.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member and support the mission and goals of YWCA of Greater Portland.
  • Bilingual and cross-cultural knowledge, experience, and skills a plus.

Job Conditions

  • Primarily remote position in Portland Metro Region that requires in-person meetings with colleagues, donors, and other partners at varied community locations.
  • Must be able to provide own transportation, transportation is reimbursed.
  • Laptop, phone, and other materials as needed will be supplied.


  • 100% Employer paid Comprehensive Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance coverage (with a no deductible option) and an employer-funded Health Reimbursement Account.
  • Generous paid time off (including 13 paid holidays).
  • Employer paid Life, Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance.
  • Monthly Internet Reimbursement of $50.
  • Unlimited access to no-cost Social Justice Trainings (see and additional position-specific professional development.
  • 100% Employer Paid Pension Plan (generous contribution) after 2 years of service in the YWCA Retirement Fund, one of the oldest pension plans in the country; a 403(b) Retirement Savings plan is available to all new employees.
  • Membership in the YWCA USA sisterhood, a 160-year-old network of 200 associations worldwide.

 Our Hiring Philosophy

We believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace makes us a stronger, more creative, and more resilient organization. As an organization that works to amplify the voices of those from different ethnic, racial, and cultural communities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations and/or expressions, we highly encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply.

YWCA of Greater Portland is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or caregiver status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We are also a Second Chance Employer. We work to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application and interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We welcome candidates who have diverse lived experiences and intersectional identities including those who are multicultural, multilingual, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, differently abled, and have experienced sex work or been impacted by the criminal legal system. We encourage everyone who is passionate about our mission and who can bring valuable lived experience to this position to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the described qualifications. YWCA will not hire someone currently receiving services or within the first 6 months of ending YWCA services. YWCA cannot provide services to our own employees but can provide referral to other agencies.

Please note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all employees.

Listing Type
Nonprofit | Social Services
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$65,000 – $72,000
Salary Type

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