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Vice President of Philanthropy

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Washington D.C., DC, USA

Refugees International (RI), a humanitarian organization which advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for over 100 million refugees and other displaced people worldwide, seeks a Vice President of Philanthropy (VP). The VP will work closely with the President, the Board of Directors, the development team, and advocates to establish and execute fundraising and outreach strategies that effectively engage the philanthropic community. As Refugees International does not accept government or UN funding, thus enabling the advocates to speak freely and independently, the VP will develop multi-year strategies and set goals to cultivate individuals, corporations, and foundations to increase annual philanthropic support. The VP must be skilled at leading a dynamic team, building a culture of philanthropy internally, establishing consensus, and engaging the entire organization in development efforts. Based in Washington, DC, this person will report to the President.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Strategic Fundraising Design and Implementation

  • Provide vision, leadership, and strategy for sustainable financial growth;
  • Partner with the RI President to establish and execute long- and short-term strategic development priorities to increase support from individuals, foundations, and corporations;
  • Secure transformational gifts (five figures-plus) and establish strong revenue support through compelling, donor-centered relationship building;
  • Effectively translate programmatic offerings into a strong case for financial support;
  • Identify and actively solicit prospects for current, capital, planned and blended gifts;
  • Create and manage gift strategies and proposals and provide detailed actions, results, and timing of potential gifts, while addressing opportunities related to estate and financial planning of potential donors;
  • Create and implement strategies to cultivate, solicit and close gifts;
  • Couple strategic cultivation, solicitation, and closure results with comprehensive follow up with staff and board to institute organization wide fundraising and stewardship efforts;
  • Design effective long term stewardship programs and opportunities for current donors;
  • Plan, organize and execute all RI fundraising events (currently two major events and smaller events as decided during the year);
  • Lead, motivate, and inspire a fundraising team, ensuring high levels of professionalism, innovation, and accountability.

Development Operations

  • Research and identify corporate, individual, institutional, and major gift prospects;
  • Prepare and present monthly and quarterly planning and success reports to the president and board;
  • Effectively use data, research, and analysis to identify prospects;
  • Develop revenue projection data tools;
  • Maintain a dashboard to track progress against goals;
  • Assess fundraising systems and implement necessary improvements and integration with the Strategic Outreach department’s CRM systems;
  • Ensure accurate recording of gifts and activities.
Educational Background: 
• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree/record of continuing professional development preferred.
  • 10+ years of progressive development experience, with at least 5 at the management level;
  • Experience developing and implementing innovative and integrated development strategies resulting in measurable revenue growth;
  • Proven success securing five-figure plus gifts from private philanthropic sources;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals of diverse financial and cultural backgrounds;
  • Experience using social media, public outreach, and online fundraising tools;
  • Experience working effectively and respectfully with colleagues, board member, donors, and prospects;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree/record of continuing professional development preferred.


  • Excellent analytical, writing, and public speaking communication skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Ability to work well with others in small teams;
  • Ability to achieve professional objectives with good cheer, collegiality, and cooperation;
  • Knowledge of CRMs; Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce a plus;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

: $170,000 - $180,000 per year

How to Apply: 

Applications should include a cover letter and résumé. Writing samples may be requested.  Please send the application to

Refugees International is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.  RI welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

Organization Info

Refugees International

Washington D.C., DC, USA
About Us

Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance, human rights, and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. We do not accept any government or UN funding, ensuring the independence and credibility of our work.



Refugees International focuses on the important refugee, displacement, humanitarian, and human rights issues that need urgent attention and action. Our advocates travel to some of the world’s most severe displacement crises to investigate first-hand the challenges displaced people face, create policy solutions, and demand action.

Refugees International does not accept government or UN funding, enabling us to speak freely and independently. This means that the humanitarian groups that respond to refugee and other displacement crises often view Refugees International as a key ally. Our expert recommendations are highly valued by senior officials of the U.S. administration and Congress, the United Nations, and governments around the world—the very people whose decisions can bring immediate relief and lifesaving solutions to refugees.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Aug 10 2022
Active Until: 
Sep 10 2022
Hiring Organization: 
Refugees International