Philanthropy Officer (California)

14 days ago
Full time role


The Good Food Institute is a nonprofit working internationally to accelerate alternative protein innovation. Globally, meat consumption is the highest it’s ...

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Job Description

Inspire super humans to support our superhuman task: Transforming the food system

The Good Food Institute is a nonprofit think tank working to make the global food system better for the planet, people, and animals. Alongside scientists, businesses, and policymakers, GFI’s teams focus on making plant-based and cultivated meat delicious, affordable, and accessible. Powered by philanthropy, GFI is an international network of organizations advancing alternative proteins as an essential solution needed to meet the world’s climate, global health, food security, and biodiversity goals.

How You Will Make a Difference 

In this role, which is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, you will have the opportunity to secure the essential funds that power our work while collaborating with an international team of fundraisers who believe change is possible. You will serve as a relationship builder for GFI with current donors and prospects, connecting their vision for impact with GFI’s mission for a world where alternative proteins are no longer alternative. The Philanthropy Officer (California) will be responsible for:

  • Building and maintaining strong, meaningful, long-term relationships with 100-125 major gift prospects and donors primarily in Northern California, including identifying prospects, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding of gifts between $25,000 and $1,000,000+.
  • Developing and executing creative and innovative strategies to identify prospects and expand your portfolio, contributing to our fundraising growth.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a team of philanthropy officers, contributing to our shared success.
  • Partnering closely with program staff and senior leadership to develop and coordinate donor strategies, write donor proposals and updates/impact reports, and organize meetings with donors.
  • Preparing and executing excellent donor engagement and moves management plans for all donors and prospects in your portfolio and meeting monthly performance metrics.
  • Maintaining comprehensive donor records in our CRM (Salesforce), complying with our donor privacy policies, and utilizing provided tools to report out on progress.
  • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of GFI's theory of change and programmatic work in order to effectively communicate our theory of change and mission-impactful work.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
Who We’re Looking For 

The Philanthropy Officer (California) must have:

  • A proven track record of cultivating and stewarding relationships with individuals and families with major and principal giving potential.   
  • A strong background navigating the ‘art and science’ of donor engagement towards securing major gifts that advance GFI’s mission while helping the donor achieve his or her philanthropic goals.
  • A minimum of five years of previous development experience, including two years in a major or principal gifts officer capacity. 
  • A willingness to travel throughout California including occasional evening and weekend work. 
  • Able to manage a non-traditional schedule as needed between travel and accommodating meetings with international colleagues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self starter with the capacity to work independently and effectively while meeting deadlines.
  • Comfort working remotely.
  • Experience with a CRM database. We use Salesforce.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to building an inclusive workplace where everyone feels like they belong.
  • Comfort working remotely and in a rapidly growing and evolving organization.
  • Strong support for GFI’s philosophy and mission; demonstrated interest in plant based & other alt proteins, public health, environmentalism, climate change, animal protection, or hunger relief.
  • A commitment to GFI’s values: believe change is possible, do the most good we can, share knowledge freely, act on evidence, and invite everyone to the table.

We want the best people and we don’t want biases holding us back. We are testing a third-party anonymizing tool to redact personal information from submitted applications — including name, location, contact details, and several other factors — to reduce bias and increase fairness in our process. We strongly encourage people of every race, color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability to apply. Because we value a diverse workplace, we prioritize an inclusive climate absent of discrimination and harassment during the application process and after you join the team. 

Research indicates that men tend to apply for jobs when they meet just 60% of the criteria, while women and people from other marginalized groups only apply if they are a 100% match. If you are passionate about GFI’s mission and think you have what it takes to be successful in this role even if you don’t check all the boxes, please apply. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

The Fine Print
  • Terms of employment: Full-time, exempt
  • Reports to: Evelina Erickson, Director of U.S. Philanthropy 
  • Location: Remote work, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area; United States 
  • Travel: A willingness to travel throughout California, with a particular focus on the San Francisco Bay Area, and with some early morning, evening, and weekend work to accommodate donor and colleague schedules (several times a month). Two or three times annually, additional travel within the U.S. for 3-4 days each trip to the Development Team or GFI all staff retreats. 
  • Benefits: Working from home, full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) plan with employer match, flexible holiday and vacation plans, opportunity for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues. More information here:
  • This is a U.S.-based position: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 
  • COVID vaccination policy: GFI requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be requested before the start of employment. GFI will consider requests for accommodations or exemptions from this policy on a case by case basis, in accordance with applicable laws.
  • Salary:  $122,000-$130,000, depending on experience

Application Deadline: February 10, 2023


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The Good Food Institute is a nonprofit working internationally to accelerate alternative protein innovation. Globally, meat consumption is the highest it’s ...

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