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Individual Giving Lead


About DataKind
We’re a fast growing nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. We bring pro bono data scientists together with organizations that are dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing challenges. Every day, mission driven organizations apply to us with their data science needs. We then work to understand their pain points, how their organization works and, most importantly, how their data and other data sources can be used to make the biggest impact on the world.

We’ve helped the World Bank estimate poverty from satellite imagery, teamed with the Grameen Foundation to improve their mobile knowledge programs in Uganda, and joined the Red Cross in using fire data and open city data to understand where fires are most likely to occur. We’ve gained a prominent voice in both the data sector and the social entrepreneurship world and you can find word of us in The Guardian, The Economist, Mashable, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. See this TEDx video for more about what we do.

About the Role : Individual Giving Lead
We’re looking for a self-motivated and goal-oriented team member who is passionate about developing a new individual giving program at DataKind. You will serve as the team’s resident individual giving expert, managing the day to day operations of this major donor program.

You will be part of a highly effective and collaborative Capital & Growth team who will support you, but also have the space to take ownership of new business development as you identify, qualify and cultivate new high net worth individual supporters. You will work closely with the Managing Director of Capital & Growth, Julia Rhodes-Davis, as well as the CEO, Jake Porway, to push forward a comprehensive Individual Giving Strategy by building processes, pipelines, and stewardship practices.

You will consistently identify new prospects and opportunities to cultivate relationships. You will build a deep understanding of individual priorities and potential for upgraded gifts to help us reach our short- and long-term goals.

You will always have your finger on the pulse of our existing donors, managing their experience with DataKind and ensuring each individual receives regular personalized touch points throughout the year. You will plan fundraising and cultivation events, including dinners and receptions to provide interactive gatherings for our team to engage with donors. Working with the Communications team, you will create materials and reports that keep donors engaged in events, programs, or projects that speak to their interests.

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Is This Right for You?

Please complete the following quick application. The application is on a rolling basis; so we encourage you to submit yours soon!

The application will be a 2-part process. If your background and experience align, you will be asked to complete a short-answer questionnaire designed to replace a cover letter. Please take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document.


Commitment to Diversity

Commitment to diversity is one of DataKind's core values as we work to foster an inclusive work environment. We cannot do our work without collaboration between people with diverse skill-sets and backgrounds. That’s why we intentionally recruit staff with varied backgrounds, cultures, histories and values to create the rich and vibrant team we need to tackle wicked problems. We encourage candidates to include and describe parallel or equivalent experience where appropriate. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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