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Donor Development Officer

Elkton, MD
Temporary / Seasonal

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the position to [email protected]

Deadline for Application: Open until filled.

Remote eligible position.

We are seeking a skilled and dynamic Donor Development Officer to join our team for a short-term project for After the Races. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in maintaining and enhancing relationships with donors, ensuring their continued support and engagement with our organization. They will also play a crucial role in developing sponsors and supporters for the gala event in September.

Areas of Responsibility: 


Donor Acquisition and Stewardship:

  • Utilize wealth management software tools to identify potential high-value donors.
  • Implement strategies to steward donors and strengthen their connection to our organization.
  • Coordinate stewardship activities, including organizing donor appreciation events, recognition programs, and personalized acknowledgments.
  • Work closely with the After the Races’ staff and board members to identify opportunities for donor engagement and cultivation.
  • Utilize wealth screening applications available to target solicitations of new donors as well as cultivate existing donors and see if they will increase their giving.

Donor Communication:

  • Communicate with donors through various channels such as emails, phone calls, and letters to express gratitude, provide updates, and solicit feedback.
  • Ensure timely and personalized responses to donor inquiries and requests.
  • Assist in drafting compelling content for donor communications, including newsletters, impact reports, and fundraising appeals.

Database Management:

  • Familiarity with Bloomerang, or similar, software and Donor Search.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor records in the organization's database.
  • Track donor interactions, contributions, and preferences.
  • Generate reports and analyze donor data to inform decision-making and strategy development.

Fundraising/Event Development:

  • Collaborate with After the Races’ staff and board to develop fundraising initiatives and campaigns. Including, but not limited to, the ongoing capital campaign and the large fundraising event in September (the After the Races gala, “gala”).
  • Assist in the planning and execution of fundraising events, primarily through donor outreach and solicitation of sponsorship opportunities for the gala.
  • If requested, identify potential funding opportunities and assist in grant research and proposal development as needed.

Relationship Building:

  • Cultivate positive and collaborative relationships with donors, volunteers, board members, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent the organization professionally at external events and meetings, fostering goodwill and support within the community.
Educational Background: 
Bachelors Degree in Related Field (e.g., nonprofit management, communications, marketing) or equivalent experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g., nonprofit management, communications, marketing) or equivalent experience.

  • Previous experience in donor relations, fundraising, or nonprofit development preferred.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to tailor messaging to diverse audiences.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a customer-service-oriented mindset.

  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines effectively.

  • Proficiency in donor management software and Google applications such as Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, etc.

  • Commitment to the mission and values of our organization.

  • Up to $20,000 for full-time position

  • Part time considered on case by case basis

  • Opportunity to make a meaningful impact and contribute to a dynamic nonprofit organization.

  • Professional development and networking opportunities within the equine nonprofit sector.

  • Potential for a long-term employment by After the Races if the position is deemed an effective investment.

How to Apply: 

Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the position to [email protected]

Deadline for Application: Open until filled.

Additional Information: 

This opportunity is remote eligible. It will likely be primarily remote, but the option to come up for 1-3 days here and there would be helpful.

Organization Info

After the Races

Elkton, MD
Annual Budget : 
1-10 employees
About Us

After the Races mission is to rehabilitate and rehome retiring Thoroughbred racehorses into suitable, long-term homes while promoting the versatility and usefulness of the breed beyond racing.

  • Retired racehorse rehabilitation (physical and mental)
  • Retired racehorse retraining
  • Retired Racehorse adoption
  • Event Planning
  • Education
    • Host educational events for local schools, community colleges, and universities
    • Opportunities for internships
    • Demos and/or talks given at events


Awards & Accolades: 
Accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
Partners with the ASPCA
Why Work For Us?: 

Visit our website and social media for more information.

Our nonprofit has a national and international reach, surprising for an organization of our size, but we have worked to cultivate a reputation of transparency and honesty throughout the years that has really paid off in terms of the amount of followers, donors, volunteers, and adopters we attract at the organization. We work hard but we have fun with it wherever we can and there is a large network of volunteers who are part of the ATR family and often become lifelong friends with each other and with staff they interact with.

There is a lot of room for growth right now within the organization as we expect to be purchasing a permanent facility in the near future and increase in terms of both capacity for horses as well as room for more employees. If you do well in this position, it could very well become a permanent one if you wish.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
May 25 2024
Active Until: 
Jun 25 2024
Hiring Organization: 
After the Races