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Development Assistant

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

Are you interested in learning the ins and outs of nonprofit development in a challenging, rewarding environment? The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is seek a "right hand person" to help our Editor-in-Chief handle our development pursuits. You will be responsible for helping identify, track and reach out to donors and prospects, along with many other development initiatives. 

Russ Baker is an accomplished investigative reporter, best-selling author, and Editor-in-Chief. Much of WhoWhatWhy's development is handled through his personal connections, developed through years of experience and relationship building. This assistant position, open to people of all ages, is part-time and initially unpaid, but down the road, as we grow, we can offer possibilities of compensation. You will work on your own schedule and sometimes out of our Manhattan office. A minimum commitment of 10 hours a week is required. This is an extraordinary opportunity to get your foot into creative nonprofit development.

Who We Are

WhoWhatWhy is 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, we are staffed largely with skilled volunteers dedicated to elevating public awareness and fostering a more vigorous democracy.  

To apply, send your resume and a carefully reasoned, customized cover letter explaining why you're a good fit for this position. You must confirm your understanding that this is a volunteer position. We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions.


  • Interest in and knowledge of current affairs and news
  • Interest in nonprofit development 
  • Excellent written communication and oral presentation abilities
  • Maturity, accuracy, organization, confidence, focus, high level of organizational capability, self-motivation


  • Track and potentially manage development projects and tasks, while contributing new ideas for growth
  • Conduct research in our donor/prospect database
  • Assist Editor-in-Chief with whatever needs to be done–including reminding him of who to call, hunting down potential prospects, and organizing development events 
  • Work with various departments that all have a stake in development 


  • Learn how to interact with people at all levels of the company, earning clout with your organizational skills and efficiency
  • Learn how to be helpful to anyone, with any task
  • Take on a completely unique first job experience 
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