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Foundations Major Gifts Estates Specialist

Animal Defenders International

Animal Defenders International

United States

Fundraising or development






Middle or junior management

Mgmt responsibilities: 


Date posted:



About the Role

To grow, develop and manage ADI’s program of grant funding, major gifts, corporate support, and estate income. Maintain and retain current support while identifying and securing new income from new foundations and trusts, major donor gifts, estate gifts, business support, collaborations, and partnerships. Collaborate with campaigns and development teams to increase ADI’s impact and grow our support for our campaigns to save animals used in entertainment (circuses, zoos, sport, etc.), replacement of animals used in research with advanced nonanimal methods, as well as daily care for our rescued lions and tigers at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa:

You will manage and deliver ADI’s program of grant funding, major gifts, corporate support, and estate income, including:
• Identify, plan, approach, and secure new income from foundations, trusts, major donor gifts, estate gifts, corporate partnerships and gifts, increasing engagement, support, and retention.
• Set goals, development of cost proposals and budgets, and produce progress reports.
• Written proposals, letters of inquiry, personal contact, production of other collateral to support new relationships and maintain current relationships.
• Maintain regular liaison with foundations, donors, estates, corporate donors, and sponsors.
• Maintain accurate records on Raiser’s Edge NXT, Engaging Networks and other systems as required; maintaining contact records and details of grants, gifts, promises, estate promises, and receipts.
• As a team player, you will collaborate with development and campaigns teams to both provide and receive support as deadlines and capacities require it.
• Assist or initiate and collaborate in planning execution of donor, foundation, business cultivation, engagement, and recognition events.

Salary: $65,000–$75,000 (commensurate with experience). Hybrid, remote and on-site. Permanent, full time, exempt, at-will.
Benefits: 100% employer-covered health and dental, and vision discounts; 15 discretionary vacation days; 5 days office closure/December/New Year; Federal holidays. Paid sick leave: 6 days/year. 401(k) with 4% employer match.

How to apply:
• No closing date – apply early – we will review applications as they come in, and interviews will commence on a rolling program.
• Send an email detailing how you meet our criteria, together with your resume.
• If you are going to be called for an interview, we will send you an application form to complete beforehand, which forms an essential part of our recruitment process.
• Virtual interviews will be arranged once your application form has been reviewed.
• In-person interviews will be arranged following virtual interviews.

Send resume to:

No agencies or media sales please.

About the Organisation

Animal Defenders International United States (ADI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Charity Navigator 4-star. Great Nonprofits Top-rated. Los Angeles–London–Bogota–South Africa.

ADI exposes animal suffering in science, entertainment, food, and the wildlife trade. Working to replace the use of animals in research with advanced science and technology and for legal protection for animals used for entertainment, ending the use of animals in circuses, movies, zoos, and other entertainment; use of animals in farming, ending the wildlife trade and protection of wildlife and our shared environment. When governments pass animal protection legislation such as ending use of animals in circuses, ADI offers support with implementation and rescue, taking survivors to selected sanctuaries including the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa:

ADI is dedicated to ending the suffering of animals and works for their legal protection. We expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment, and a plant-based lifestyle is preferred. ADI is also committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all, regardless of background, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, or other.

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