December 21, 2021  

 Openings - 4  

Donor/Sponsor, Partner, & Prospect Researcher (Intern)

    Position Title:                                     Donor/Sponsor, Partner, & Prospect Researcher (Intern)

    Department:                                        Organizational Finance Development 

    Employment Term:                            1 Year (min. 10 hours - max. 20 hours weekly)

    Reports to:                                           Assistant Program Director(s)

    Salary:                                                 *Unpaid Internship / Volunteer*



  • Identify new and undiscovered prospects through active and aggressive researching activities, utilizing both FDSF’s constituent database and additional resources on philanthropists, influencers, businesses, and foundations in the DMV area and communities out of state. This includes review and monitoring of electronic resources that may provide research related information on potential prospects.

  • Prepare thorough and accurate donor profiles on individuals, corporations and foundations which include biographical capacity and philanthropic support potential, and areas of interest and affiliations.

  • Assist with database management and documentation of donor records as needed; work with donor communications specialist(s) and provide potential donor and sponsor information for programs and events whenever applicable.

  • Support the overall cultivation and stewardship function of the department and organization by attending and assisting with donor and community events as needed (may not need to physically attend events if student is not in the area).

  • Work as part of an integrated and collaborative fundraising team to move the overall fundraising goals of FDSF forward, including playing an integral role in the success of the comprehensive fundraising campaign(s).

  • Support the Assistant Program Director(s) in the design, implementation, and management of a comprehensive, proactive development plan focused on expanding corporate, foundation and government relationships, and assist in coordinating the activity needed to secure such support.

  • Assist Organization departments to identify funders in their areas of interest and assist in the development of proposals, under the supervision and review of the Assistant Program Director(s).

  • Aid the Assistant Program Director(s) to develop competitive, institutional proposals for corporate, foundation and government prospects to leverage support of the Organization’s goals.

  • Maintain paper and electronic files related to all stages of the grants cycle, including application materials, award letter, correspondence with grantor, narrative and financial reports, etc.

  • Monitor deadlines for financial and narrative reports and other grantor requirements to ensure University compliance.

  • Assist with writing, editing, and proofreading for proposals, fundraising correspondence, and related materials.

Preferred Qualification and Skills:

  • Positive attitude, vibrant, energetic, willingness to bring new ideas and work in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Must be willing to work independently.

  • Confident in speaking with new people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational, communication, and time-management skills.

  • Resourcefulness, creativity, and problem-solving skillset

  • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity

  • Demonstrate use of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams, and Outlook.

  • Must be comfortable with deadlines and have a reliable working computer or laptop.

  • Ability to compose and edit correspondence, reports, and summaries.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.


  • Available to begin on start date December 13th, 2021

  • Attend mandatory orientation and training.

  • Able to participate in team meetings: Teamwork and collaboration will be necessary for success in this role. 

  • Some flexibility with nights and weekends especially for urgent tasks and deadlines.

Working Environment: 

This internship opportunity is 100% virtual. Volunteers will utilize Microsoft Teams and Outlook to communicate with their team.

*Although this is advertised as an unpaid volunteer/internship opportunity, students can use this opportunity to receive credits for their courses or Capstone programs. Stipends can/will be provided to students based on program funds. 

Additional Information: 


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At Family Development and Samaritan Foundation, Inc (FDSF), we know that diversity makes us stronger. We are committed to a collaborative, inclusive environment that encourages authenticity and fosters a sense of belonging. We strive for everyone to feel valued, connected, and empowered to reach their potential and contribute their best.

Family Development and Samaritan Foundation, Inc (FDSF) is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other protected category.

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