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Fundraising Development Manager

*Note: the following is an opportunity for volunteer, part time, flexible work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment.*

Would you like to be part of an up-and-coming, bold, groundbreaking non-profit news organization? To do exciting, world-changing work with a fun, dynamic team and interesting donors motivated by the right things?

WhoWhatWhy seeks top-flight, well-connected fundraising development co-managers. You will build and run a strong Development Department, with a focus on Major Donor prospects.

Our organization is powered largely by skilled volunteers, and this position is not for those needing or seeking a salary. For individuals with good connections among donor prospects and a willingness to reach out to them, we can offer a small stipend plus generous productivity bonuses. We are open to the right candidate working from any location, though preference will be given to those based in New York City.

Who We Are

Join a remarkable news organization and community that is making a difference, setting a new standard, and innovating on every front. A nonprofit that accepts no advertising, WhoWhatWhy is dedicated to elevating public awareness and fostering a more vigorous democracy.  

To Apply

Please send us a resume and a carefully reasoned, customized cover letter that shows that you have studied and thought about what we do at WhoWhatWhy. Our mission must resonate deeply with you. We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. You must confirm you understand and accept that this is a volunteer position.


  • Extensive experience managing a nonprofit development or fundraising developments
  • Possess excellent contacts in the philanthropic world
  • A solid grasp of — and commitment to — our mission
  • Strong networking, organization and verbal communication skills
  • A charismatic, assertive personality
  • The ability to delegate tasks and manage others
  • The patience to monitor multiple individuals, projects and processes


  • Research, identify and cultivate Major Donor fundraising opportunities
  • Help formulate our fundraising needs
  • Build the fundraising/development organization
  • Coordinate with researchers and ambassadors to build and maintain our donor network
  • Assist with planning and execution of fundraising events
  • Train team members in fundraising procedures and practices


  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations
  • Acquire valuable new skills in marketing, public relations and donor outreach
  • Collaborate with smart, accomplished coworkers
  • Grow a network of contacts
  • Have fun
  • Make a difference
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