Development Manager

New York, New York /
Development /
About the Orgs

Future Now Fund elects the next generation of America’s state leaders to achieve America’s Goals, a legislative blueprint for our nation’s renewal. Future Now Action helps state lawmakers achieve meaningful results through a policy library with model bills, a national network of peers and experts, cutting-edge state-level research, and personalized support. FNF/FNA offers a fast-paced environment focused on using the best available tools and resources to achieve our mission of building state legislative power to improve Americans’ lives. We encourage you to find out more about the organizations’ values here.

Position Summary
The Development Manager will be a key member of the Community team, helping to maximize the organization’s ability to raise funds from individuals and foundations in support of Future Now Fund/Future Now Action's growth nationally. Reporting to the Senior Community Manager and working closely with the Executive Director, the Development Manager will support the Executive Director in managing a portfolio of major donors, directly manage a portfolio of mid-level donors, help to execute an annual fundraising plan, and own prospect research, donor cultivation processes and execution, and donor information management. 
The successful candidate will display excellent judgment in sensitive situations, a keen attention to detail, a commitment to responsive customer service oriented engagement, the ability to juggle the human side of donor development while navigating compliance and regulatory complexities, and a no-job-too-small attitude to the work at hand.  We value diversity at Future Now and Future Now Fund. Women, people of color, trans/genderqueer, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.


Development Strategy

    • Execute an annual fundraising plan in collaboration with the Senior Community Manager and Executive Director that includes a cultivation, solicitation, and travel plan to meet goals, and is coordinated with all organizational development activities including Giving Circle and online donation programs
    • Research and identify new prospects across donor type, including all giving levels, individuals, and foundations, analyzing their giving histories and developing cultivation strategies in partnership with the ED and Senior Community Manager
    • Maintain awareness of political, social, and economic factors that may affect donor relationships, apprise team of relevant information, and act quickly when necessary
    • Suggest improvements for tools, software, and processes to optimize Development activities

Donor Cultivation and Stewardship

    • Own a portfolio of mid-level donors and prospects, driving relationships forward through thoughtful cultivation and stewardship
    • Work with the Assistant to the ED to schedule meetings and provide meeting support to the ED with principal prospects and major donors
    • Lead preparation and creation of internal and external development-related communication including correspondence, proposals, spreadsheets, reports, cultivation documents, follow-up materials, and briefing memos in line with Development strategy
    • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with mid-level donors to complement ED and expand organizational relationship capacity
    • Take the lead on donor maintenance activities, including updates, solicitation for input, follow-ups, cadence of meetings with ED or appropriate team member, thank yous and other acknowledgements in line with Development strategy
    • Provide regular status updates and reports to staff and ED
    • Create and deliver data-driven materials relating to past and upcoming Development activities as requested
    • Provide event support for the Community team, with a focus on events related to donor cultivation and stewardship
    • Assist Senior Community Manager, COO, and ED in preparing for board meetings (including annual board retreat), staff strategic planning retreats, and other major meetings that involve Development

Financial and Compliance Management

    • Maintain accurate and clear tracking of prospects and donors, including an up-to-date donor CRM and finance database system(s) and overseeing any team members (including consultants and vendors) responsible for data entry and donation processing: all information about the donor pipeline, including engagement, correspondence, solicitations, and donations with/from donors
    • In coordination with counsel and compliance, manage donors’ expectations regarding contribution compliance and ensure donations are routed to the correct accounts
    • Update fundraising pages to ensure compliance information is accurate and up-to-date
    • Provide access to compliance team to all non-Giving Circle fundraising pages
    • Assist compliance team in obtaining necessary donor information for reporting
    • Ensure compliance review is completed on external compliance materials and manage system to ensure final versions of documents are in use by the Community team

Team Management

    • Manage contribution processing, gift tracking, and donor acknowledgement for all non-Giving Circle contributions
    • Manage the workflow of the Development pipeline and engage staff and board members as necessary to meet monthly targets
    • Manage and execute fundraising-related travel and events (including all logistics such as agendas, info packets, briefing materials, presentations, travel arrangements, etc., in coordination with the Assistant to the ED), and staff events/travel as necessary, both in lead and support roles (currently not happening due to COVID)


    • Passion for the missionCommitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Belief in a culture of mission first, optimism, commitment to the truth, compassion, and integrity as FNF/FNA realize those through the organizations’ values
    • Superb organizational skills
    • Self-starter with a drive to make things happen
    • High emotional intelligence
    • Highly collaborative approach
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
    • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
    • Ability to exercise excellent judgment while handling sensitive and confidential information, and executing high stakes tasks on tight deadlines
    • Ability to build trust, credibility, and goodwill
    • Capable of independently managing time and tasks associated with a fast-paced organization
    • Ability to explain FNA and FNF work and represent the organization to external audiences
    • Customer service orientation

Desired Qualifications

    • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, NGP VAN, ISP or other CRM software
    • Track record of success with donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, preferably in a political or political-adjacent environment
Future Now Fund/Future Now Action offer 75% paid coverage of medical, dental, and vision for individuals and families, unlimited PTO, 15 paid holidays in 2020, a small annual professional development stipend, and paid family leave. The salary for this position is $75,000 to $80,000 per year. 

Position Details
This is a full-time exempt position. Currently due to COVID, our office in Brooklyn, New York is closed and the team is remote at least through Labor Day 2020. We will provide at least four weeks' notice to team members regarding an office reopening and will consider remote candidates. Once travel is safe to resume, some travel will be required. Occasional evening and weekend hours are occasionally required for Community and donor events. Relocation is not available for this role.