American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
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American Farmland Trust is recruiting for an experienced frontline fundraising professional to fill the new position of Philanthropy Officer, California. The successful candidate will execute AFT’s fundraising program in the region, securing new and renewed philanthropic commitments while offering a high level of customer service and accountability.
What You’ll Be Working On
The Philanthropy Officer will manage a portfolio of roughly 200 prospects, driving identification, cultivation, and solicitation strategy aimed at securing $50,000+ major gifts, leadership annual gifts and planned giving leads. Working independently, and with AFT’s in-house research team, this individual will identify and qualify new prospects, solicit and steward existing prospects, and be responsible for achieving specific fundraising targets. As a key member of the Individual Giving team, this person will work with development staff as well as regional and national program teams to implement thoughtful and continuous stewardship of all donors.
This position reports to the Director of Philanthropy and is based remotely, in-region. Travel is required. This individual will join a team of 6 philanthropy officers who are spread out across the country.
AFT is currently pursuing an ambitious $100 million comprehensive campaign that is integral to the organization's ability to have a greater impact on changing our agricultural system for the better. Although each region is different, Philanthropy Officers are part of a tight knit team that works together to improve healthy opportunities that benefit both the bottom line and a culture of giving that feels good. Each Philanthropy Officer is asked to bring enthusiasm, ideas, creativity, and sensitivity to the role each day.
Essential duties include, but are not limited to:
Other duties as assigned or directed.
The ideal candidate has a collaborative working style, is proactive and entrepreneurial, and:
Education & Experience
This position requires approximately 35% - 40% travel.
Why you should apply
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