December 21, 2021  

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Donor Communications Specialist I, II, III (Silent Auction)

Position Title                                            Donor Communications Specialist I, II, III 

Department:                                               Multiple Departments 

Employment Term:                                   1 Year (min. 10 hours - max. 15 hours weekly) 

Reports to:                                                   Program Director(s) 

Salary:                                                          Unpaid Internship / Volunteer 



Do you want to be part of a transformational organizational change? Do you get excited about ensuring projects advance forward to meet objectives? If so, join us on a journey to transform Family Development & Samaritan Foundation, Inc (FDSF) fundraising across the United States and globally. This role will coordinate with Donor & Partner Communications Specialist, Assistant Program Directors, and other project managers on different teams to provide project management across collaborative fundraising activities. This includes managing the overall project plan, convening stakeholders and identifying dependencies and connection points across the initiative. Through your work, you will foster and increase trust between Family Development & Samaritan Foundation, Inc and partners across the United States through evolving the collaborative approaches to fundraising. 


Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Working with Silent auction team to send relevant information to, donors and sponsors 

  • Answer phone calls, make phone calls, participate and create staff meetings  

  • Assists in developing and producing printed and written donor facing content that conveys complex fundraising priorities clearly and persuasively, and that presents concise rationales for philanthropy. 

  • Supports fundraising efforts by researching, drafting, editing, and preparing various communication pieces for high level donors and donor prospects. 

  • Works closely with internal partners to develop and produce content for individualized funding proposals, stewardship and impact reports, case statements, and other fundraising collateral. 

  • Maintains a clear understanding of all advancement and fundraising goals, priorities, strategies and messages, as well as keeps up to date on campus developments impacted by donor funds. 

  • Being highly dynamic, entrepreneurial, resourceful, detail-minded, organized, capable of working under pressure, and committed to delivering the best, all while maintaining a great sense of humor and team collaboration throughout the process.  

  • Exhibits polite and professional communication via phone and e-mail. 

  • Collaborate with the Donor Communications team to execute effective public relations and media strategy that elevates corporate partnerships. 

  • Draft donor-related media materials including press releases, media advisories, talking points and interview prep materials. 

  • Using SharePoint, Outlook Calendar, and Microsoft Planner to assign tasks, send reminders, and share updates with the entire organization. 

  • Provides relevant information by answering questions and requests 

  • Anticipates the needs of the team/organization to ensure a seamless and positive experience.  

  • Work on other projects as required by the organization. 


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 

  • Open minded and eager to learn new skills and software usage



  • Able to attend mandatory training

  • Able to participate in team meetings 

  • Some flexibility with nights and weekends 


Working Environment: 

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


*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 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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