Fundraising Relationship Specialist


👉 This is 4 day week job


Founded in 2001, Common Future works to close the racial wealth gap. We are building a future where all people—no matter their race and class—have power, choice, and ownership over the economy. Our current economic system does not work for everyone. Generations of Black and Indigenous communities and other communities of color have been and are currently intentionally locked out of wealth and power. Centuries of policies that systematically favor a select few cause persistent economic inequities that hold us all back.

With a multiracial, women-led co-CEO team we are reimagining leadership, prioritizing sustainability, shared leadership and clarified decision making, and reflecting the communities we serve. We are audacious, expansive, and unapologetic thinkers and doers who bring lived experience to the problems we tackle. Our diverse team of strategists, community organizers, financial activists, and policy enthusiasts provides capital, operational support, and strategic partnership to budding solutions addressing racial and economic injustice.

Our culture values include centering equity, being the communities we serve, embracing experimentation, reimagining what’s broken, collectively solving problems, and modeling a new way of working. We strive to be an innovator that prioritizes the well-being of our employees. Read more about us on our Medium page.

Job Posted on July 9, 2024


The Fundraising Relationship Specialist plays a pivotal role in strengthening the funder “waterway,” including coordinating outreach activities with current and prospective funders, supporting annual fundraising goals, and maintaining Common Future’s funder waterway in Salesforce. They identify new ways to leverage the platform to achieve fundraising goals and improve efficiency. Reporting to the Fund Development Manager with support from the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, this role requires a detail oriented individual with an interest in funder engagement and cross-team collaboration for building Common Future’s revenue.

Position Responsibilities

  • Relationship Coordination (60%)
  • Maintain highly accurate and current funder information in the Salesforce funder waterway, including outreach, follow-up, and stewardship activities that the Revenue Team and the Office of the co-CEOs are responsible for; communicate expectations with the Revenue Team, and ensure we are delivering on those items in a timely fashion
  • Make suggestions to the Revenue Team for “touch points” with funders in the waterway, including but not limited to sharing relevant news, Common Future updates, partner initiatives, etc.
  • Utilize dashboards and reports in the Salesforce funder waterway that show progress toward annual fundraising goals, and flag opportunities as well as gaps to be addressed with the Fund Development Manager and Director of Philanthropic Partnerships that aim to strengthen our fundraising efforts
  • Maintain the overall quality and integrity of the Salesforce funder database, including ensuring data accuracy and completeness in reports, identifying gaps in the funder database/reports, and partnering with IT to troubleshoot problems
  • Maintain, facilitate, and create positive relationships with funders through correspondence, thank you letters, appeals, and data entry of funder information and grants
  • Work across the organization to support the development of external facing materials with the Revenue Team for funders
  • Assist the Revenue Team with new strategies for building, maintaining, and cultivating relationships with funders
  • Grant Processing and Reporting (20%)
  • Support grant processing with the Finance Team, including grant payments, tracking outstanding grant checks, and contributing to other administrative tasks necessary for grant administration
  • Collaborate closely with the Finance Team to review financial data, verifying and aligning all received and receivable funds from institutional funders
  • Calendar relevant dates for the Revenue Team, including meetings and proposal/report due dates
  • Revenue Systems and Operations (20%)
  • Participate actively in internal and external meetings, providing on-screen presence, note taking, and asking clarifying questions, if necessary, to address gaps in understanding
  • Create and file agendas, meeting notes, recordings, and other relevant documents in appropriate folders
  • Review, update, and organize Revenue materials in Notion and Google Drive
  • Produce mail merge reports and mass mailings for the office of the co-CEOs and Revenue Team, when needed

Desired Qualifications

  • Specific to this Role
  • Minimum 2 years in fundraising, donor cultivation, communications, or a similar role, preferably at a nonprofit organization
  • Familiarity with a CRM or other donor management software, preferably Salesforce
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills with high attention to detail
  • Interest in alternative and/or emerging economic solutions and structures that uplift Black and Indigenous communities
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and aptitude for learning autonomously; has the enthusiasm and energy to participate in educational opportunities, share learnings, and implement new ideas
  • Strong interpersonal skills: attentive listening and observation, transparency, emotional intelligence, collaboration, and clear communication
  • Strategic, forward-thinking self-starter with the ability to productively provide and receive feedback
  • Competencies for all Common Future team members
  • Understands the Work and Organization
  • Project Management/Planning
  • Relationship Building
  • Strong Communication
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Practices Emotional Intelligence


This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range is $73,000  to $85,800 USD and commensurate with competence and experience.

Our Commitment

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Common Future does not discriminate against applicants or employees due to their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical ability, hairstyle, previous incarceration, or length of time spent unemployed. As an organization, we are committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve.

Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary folks, and BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.


Common Future offers a work environment that is committed to the wellbeing and support of our employees. We embrace a human-centered approach to our practices and policies. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes:

•Ongoing 4 day work week, Monday - Thursday, 32-hour workweek, 80% time at 100% pay

•Remote and flexible work options

•20 days of PTO

•18 paid holidays, including a week off in the Spring and Winter

•Fully paid medical, dental, vision for employees. Dependents covered at 75%

•Access to a flexible spending account (FSA) for medical and dependent expenses

•Paid long-term disability and life insurance

•16-week paid parental leave

•$500 annual professional development stipend

•$500 monthly caregiver stipend in 2024

•Immediately vested 4% 403b retirement plan contribution after 90 days

•$800 one-time home office set up stipend for new employees

•$150 per month coworking, home office, and cell phone stipend

•Annual in-person retreat, and more!

Holidays that fall on Fridays are not rescheduled to another day.


Applications will be evaluated as they arrive and the position will remain open until filled.

Due to the high volume of applications, our hiring team is not able to field requests for feedback or informational interviews sent via LinkedIn or email. If you are a good match for the role, our team will reach out to you directly.

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