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Donor Research Coordinator

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

Do you have experience coordinating endeavors, tracking progress and optimizing efficiency across research departments? If so, the up-and-coming, nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy may have the ideal opportunity for you to grow professionally, contribute to the greater good and have fun.

Our research needs are constantly evolving, so we need someone who is flexible and ready to learn in a fast-paced environment. This position is part-time and pro bono, but down the road, as we grow, we can offer possibilities of compensation.

WhoWhatWhy is changing public awareness. We are a credible solution to the raging debate over whether news is “fake” or not,” with agenda-free research and bracingly fresh analysis. Non-corporate, non-partisan and commercial-free, we are powered entirely by public support and the passionate involvement of people who believe in our mission.

If you’re able to commit a minimum of five hours a week, from your location and on a flexible schedule, and wish to be part of this exciting effort, we want to hear from you. Send us your resume and a customized cover letter that shows you have studied our brand, explains why you are qualified for this position and confirms that you understand the fundamentally voluntary aspect.

Who We Are

We are 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 staffed largely with skilled volunteers dedicated to elevating public awareness and fostering a more vigorous democracy.  


You will work remotely and on your own schedule, though we require a minimum commitment of 5-8 hours a week.  Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through email. All staff are required to respond to emails on a daily basis.

To Apply

Please send us a resume and carefully reasoned, customized cover letter that outlines your experience and skillset, and shows that you have studied 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 your understanding that this is a volunteer position.


  • Proven experience in performing and managing research 
  • The ability to work in a virtual team environment
  • Newsroom experience a plus
  • Ability to work independently
  • A creative mindset


  • Oversee and organize different research tasks for the research team
  • Work with the development department to understand its goals and processes 
  • Work well with different team members to satisfy different aspects of research coordination 


  • The chance to work in a challenging, rewarding virtual environment
  • The chance to make a difference in the world of journalism and beyond 
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