Director of Philanthropy

Development · San Carlos , California
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

Employer: Village Enterprise

Industry: Nonprofit/International Development/Social Entrepreneurship

Function: Fundraising

Job Title:  Director of Philanthropy

Position Type:  Full time

Travel: 15%+ - This role includes travel within the US and to field offices in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Sub-Saharan Africa when it is safe to travel.




Village Enterprise’s mission is to end extreme poverty through innovation and entrepreneurship.  Village Enterprise has impacted the lives of over one million people living in extreme poverty in East Africa. Village Enterprise’s new strategy focuses on ‘scale and impact’, and the organization has ambitious goals in both areas. Village Enterprise intends to impact the lives of 20 million people living in extreme poverty by 2030. Over the next three years, we plan to quadruple the number of people we serve (from 25,000/year to 105,000/year) and expand into new countries. To support this growth, Village Enterprise plans to significantly increase its individual fundraising efforts as a means of achieving ambitious revenue goals.


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Village Enterprise’s Director of Philanthropy will join a passionate and dedicated team.  The Director of Philanthropy will manage the creation and implementation of Village Enterprise’s individual fundraising strategy focused on major gifts to achieve our fundraising goals and will lead the implementation of our three-year Catalytic Fundraising Campaign. The Director of Philanthropy reports directly to the Head of Philanthropy and Results-based Funding.




Development responsibilities:

  • Work with the Head of Philanthropy and Results-based Funding, Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer, and Board Development Committee to design and execute fundraising initiatives targeting major gifts from individuals, including multi-year campaigns and annual giving.
  • Manage a portfolio of high-potential medium, major, and leadership donors and prospects with a focus on securing gifts and pledges of $5,000 or more, while also leading fundraising campaigns to generate smaller individual gifts.
  • Develop annual and long-term growth plans for individual donation revenue consistent with Village Enterprise’s strategic plan. Assess the success of fundraising strategies and provide clear, concise reports on results against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Design and implement effective major gift stewardship strategies
  • Lead in the planning and execution of donor-focused in-person and virtual events including an annual donor appreciation event and donor activities planned around visiting field staff.
  • In collaboration with the Board Development Committee, strategically engage board members, and other VE advocates in prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation.
  • Oversee and grow the planned giving program.
  • Represent Village Enterprise at high-potential networking opportunities.
  • Develop new strategies to identify and cultivate relationships with philanthropy advisors (DAFs), and private family foundations.





  • 8+ plus years of progressively challenging development experience including track record in securing individual major gifts
  • Desire, drive and ability to be an ambassador for the mission and work of Village Enterprise
  • Excellent project management skills, including a strong track record of delivering projects on time and within budget
  • Experience managing a major gifts portfolio
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to collaborate with a culturally and geographically diverse team.
  • Experience implementing a donor campaign is a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce is a plus
  • A collaborative team spirit





Please apply through our application portal at this link:


Thank you for your interest in our mission and a position with us.  Please include a concise and thoughtful cover letter and resume with your application.  We will respond to all applicants.



Equal Opportunity


We are an equal opportunity employer. We believe we are a better, stronger, and more effective organization when we create a culture that welcomes and includes a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives and we can learn from one another. We welcome people of all backgrounds--especially when their life experiences, abilities, and perspectives can offer valuable insight to our work supporting some of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in the world.


Village Enterprise will provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals. Employment decisions at Village will be based on merit, qualifications and abilities. Village does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, marital status or any other characteristic protected by the law. Village will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship to daily operations.


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  • Location
    San Carlos , California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor