Individual Giving Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Major Gifts
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Development
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 2
Minimum compensation: $52,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress is seeking an Individual Giving Coordinator who is a self-starter and able to manage multiple priority projects effectively in a fast-paced environment. The Coordinator will work at the direction of the Director of Major Gifts and in close collaboration with the Major Gift Officers in the Development department. Together, they will drive a robust individual fundraising program centered around American Progress’ institutional priorities and designed to increase the amount of support from American Progress’ constituency over the next several years. This individual will research prospects, stay abreast of the philanthropic landscape, help develop briefings, compile and copyedit proposal and report materials, help track donor outreach, and update American Progress’ Salesforce database on an ongoing basis, among other activities. The Individual Giving Coordinator will also be deeply involved with the individual giving unit’s event and communication strategy. This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a progressive policy agenda.

The Individual Giving Coordinator will be driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. This work will include connecting the department’s efforts with the organization’s five crosscutting priorities:

  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Strengthening health

The individual giving unit works with program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization.


  • Manage prospect research for the Development staff who focus on major gifts by monitoring the philanthropic landscape; identifying and profiling prospective donors and new funding streams centered around American Progress’ crosscutting institutional priorities; supporting the tracking of prospect outreach efforts; and measuring outcomes in Salesforce.
  • Help prepare briefings for policy staff and leadership in advance of meetings and telephone calls with prospects and/or donors.
  • In coordination with the Vice President of Development, use Salesforce to track unit performance metrics on a quarterly basis and report out to the Development department.
  • In coordination with the development operations staff, maintain accurate and complete Salesforce database records using report dashboards. Manage a monthly data integrity audit for the unit and assist with resolving audits as needed.
  • Manage and maintain agenda and meeting minutes for internal weekly meetings of the individual giving unit and joint meetings with the finance unit.
  • Work with the Events team and the Executive Office on behalf of Development to help plan and execute cultivation events.
  • Assist with the in-house logistical planning of special events, including managing guest lists, supporting registration, and coordinating the production of materials.
  • Maintain departmental files, documents, and procedures.
  • Draft, edit, and/or proofread a broad range of materials for Development and Events.
  • Track and report progress using specific metrics.
  • Work in partnership with the Director of Major Gifts to coordinate communications on behalf of Development, including newsletters, donor outreach copy, invitations, and more.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least one year of experience in a development department, or relevant work experience supporting the cultivation and stewardship of donor relationships.
  • Experience conducting research using secondary source material.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and donor databases are preferred. Salesforce, Smartsheet, SharePoint, and Power BI experience is a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and the ability to translate that commitment into compelling donor communications.
  • Commitment to the departmental values of being progressive, donor-centric, and entrepreneurial; demonstrating integrity; making decisions driven by data; and fostering a culture of mutual respect.
  • Knowledge of current affairs and familiarity with progressive issues, causes, and organizations.
  • Excellent organizational, research, and written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and anticipate and orchestrate next steps.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Familiarity with the basic tenets of fundraising and nonprofit management.
  • Comfort working with basic financial data.
  • Ability to initiate, prioritize, and follow through on plans.
  • Ability to balance big-picture thinking with attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union and has a minimum salary of $52,000.

American Progress’ hybrid work policy is posted on our Jobs page. Please visit this page for updates. Any changes to this policy will also be communicated at the time of hire.

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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