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Philanthropy Coordinator

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San Diego, CA, USA


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Jun 12, 2023

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About Climate Action Campaign:

Climate Action Campaign’s (CAC) mission is to stop the climate crisis through effective and equitable policy action. We are fighting for a Zero Carbon future with All-Electric Homes; World-Class Transit; Resiliency; 100% Clean Energy; and Bikeable, Walkable Neighborhoods (our Five Fights). CAC’s bottom-up theory of change puts municipalities, local industry leaders, nonprofits, and communities at the epicenter of climate action and climate solutions. Collaborating across sectors, we are leading the region to achieve zero emissions by 2035, in line with what climate science says is necessary to protect our health and future.

All of our Five Fights are fought through a lens of equity and justice. The communities who have suffered the most from environmental racism and disinvestment have contributed the least to the climate crisis, and must be the first to receive the benefits from these policies.

We believe change happens from the ground up, and we collaborate with trusted community-based organizations on campaigns that advance our Five Fights and improve the quality of life within Communities of Concern. We follow the lead of and uplift calls-to-action and policy priorities of partner organizations working to advance racial and social justice. We consult our partners during campaign planning and decision-making to ensure that our policy priorities reflect the community's needs.



We’re a small but mighty team that likes to move quickly and get things done. We thrive in a fast-paced, agile environment where we are constantly adapting to most effectively achieve our goals. Our team is all about climate justice, creating a dynamic, driven, and highly collaborative atmosphere. We know that working to make a real and lasting impact in the local policy space is difficult and demanding, so we also value time for rest and recovery.


Job Summary:
In collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy, the Philanthropy Coordinator will manage donor tracking systems, manage grant application and implementation processes, and cultivate, maintain, and strengthen relationships with our existing network of donors, grantors, and business partners, implement strategies to diversify CAC’s funding sources, and organize donor events. A successful applicant will have experience in nonprofit development or sales, be comfortable in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and be highly organized.


Major Goals and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee donor CRM and donation processing to ensure accuracy and adherence to Philanthropy and Operations procedures.
  • Develop and implement processes and procedures for grant application, implementation, and reporting
  • Develop, implement, and maintain an individual membership program that retains donors, increases giving, and acquires new donors.
  • Provide administrative support for all direct mail strategies, including mail merge functions, segmentation, and personalization of lists, grants management.

Essential Activities:

  • Donor database and tracking systems (30%): Oversee all aspects of donor database and funding tracking systems, including donation processing, donor segmentation, donor contacts, grants calendar, reporting, etc. Ensure systems are consistently accurate and up to date. Experience with DonorPerfect is a plus!
  • Grants writing and management (25%): Develop and manage state, federal, and foundation grant applications and implementation in collaboration with the Policy department
  • Funder cultivation/stewardship (25%): Implement CAC’s Donor Stewardship Plan and cultivate new donor prospects, including writing thank you cards/emails, completing thank you calls, responding to general inquiries, and executing donor-related events. Facilitate grant applications and reporting, as needed.
  • Philanthropy Campaigns (10%): Assist the Director of Philanthropy and Communications Manager with fundraising campaigns, including mailings, end of year fundraisers, events, etc.
  • Community and Donor Engagement (10%): Attend community events on behalf of Climate Action Campaign, steward and grow our network of community partners and donors

Skills and Experience:

These are some of the ideal skills and qualifications we’re looking for in a candidate, but we encourage candidates that do not meet all of the qualifications to apply, in particular, if they have direct experiences working with the impacted communities that are central to our mission. We invite you to demonstrate how you might serve this role in ways we may not see or know to ask for.

  • Experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) or database management. Experience with DonorPerfect is a plus!
  • Comfortable with a wide range of philanthropic work, including solicitation and stewardship of individual, foundation and corporate donors, donor and potential donor cultivation and research, and special events, or related/transferable skills.
  • Be organized, capable of managing deadlines and fluctuating priorities for an array of projects while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Enjoy meeting new people, and developing and maintaining meaningful professional relationships.
  • Be able to communicate effectively and tactfully with different audiences.
  • Be a self-motivated and resourceful independent worker who is also a team player.
  • Have experience collaborating across departments within an organization.
  • Have an understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities, including understanding that the climate crisis disproportionately burdens working-class communities of color, and a willingness to reflect and take action on being actively anti-racist, anti-oppressive and non-extractive. Lived experience with associated issues is highly valued.
  • Comfortable representing CAC at community and donor events.

Climate Action Campaign Core Values:

Justice, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion, Health, Voice, Safety are core values at Climate Action Campaign, and we’re passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for all staff. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.


Climate Action Campaign is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

Climate Action Campaign values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Climate Action Campaign provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This is a full-time, salary, exempt position, and will include occasional evening and weekend work.

Our office is in Hillcrest in San Diego, but we’re often out and about throughout the region, meeting with government officials, businesses, community advocates, and donors as well as working remotely at home to save time and commuting costs. For the foreseeable future our team is working remotely, but this position must be based in and work out of the San Diego area.

Vaccination mandate: Climate Action Campaign requires, with few exceptions, that all staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Unvaccinated staff with a qualifying exemption will be required to take regular COVID-19 tests (frequency subject to change).


  • Salary range: $65,000 - $80,000 (commensurate with experience, not expected to exceed $70,000)
  • Health, dental, vision and life insurance.
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with 3% employer match.
  • Monthly cell and transportation benefit.
  • 15 paid days off accrued in the first year
  • 11 paid holidays plus a paid office closure for the last two weeks of the year
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

How to apply:

Submit the below items to with the Subject: Philanthropy Coordinator.

  1. Resume
  2. Video or voice recording answering the following three questions:
    1. Why are you interested in this position?
    2. Describe your experience with CRM, or other database, management.
    3. Describe your experience with building and maintaining relationships with current and/or potential donors, clients, community partners, etc.
    4. (Optional) Where did you hear about this job posting?

Limit your total recording to 3 minutes maximum.


We can provide assistance or alternative ways of applying for those who need it.


Deadline: The position is open until we find the perfect fit. We expect this position to start in August 2023.


Salary Ranges:

Climate Action Campaign conducts research, assessments, and comparisons of non-profit organizations of similar size in order to set salary ranges for different levels of positions, and to ensure that employees receive fair compensation. It is important to note that the maximum end of our salary ranges also consider factors such as the length of service and tenure in a specific role.

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