Remote (Western United States)


Mercy For Animals aims to construct a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending the exploitation of animals for food. We envision a world where animals are respected, protected, and free to pursue their own interests.

As a leading farmed animal advocacy organization, we know that achieving this goal requires a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment—one that welcomes and sparks new perspectives and innovative ideas. If you are passionate about our mission, driven to make a big impact for animals, and eager to be part of a dedicated team, join us!


We are currently seeking a philanthropy officer in the Western United States to join our development team. In this role, you will advance the work of Mercy For Animals by identifying prospective major donors, cultivating and sustaining relationships with them, and soliciting major gifts ($10,000 and above).

You will formalize and manage major donor programs, create annual strategies for all portfolio donors (including monthly benchmarks and reviews), and coordinate visits between the president and major donors during her trips across the Western United States.

You will do crucial work:

  • Manage a portfolio of about 120 major-gift donors
  • Meet or exceed monthly metrics for visits, solicitations, and proposals
  • Consistently review portfolio, cultivate new prospects, and disqualify others as necessary
  • Involve leadership in the cultivation and solicitation process whenever appropriate
  • Serve as donor liaison for major-donor fundraising events
  • Maintain donor data in fundraising database and prepare funding proposals and stewardship reports 
  • Assist with fundraising appeal planning and execution, donor relations, database conversion, and other joint projects within the Development Department
  • Work with donors on bequests and other planned gifts
  • Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the team leader

Your qualifications will take our major gifts program to new heights:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, nonprofit management, or communications
  • Five or more years’ experience as a major gifts officer or philanthropy officer
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Experience writing fundraising proposals
  • Outstanding rapport-building skills
  • Team-playing, collaborative attitude 
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure of constant deadlines
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently and work some evenings and weekends
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Commitment to continued personal, organizational, and movement-wide growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

Is this the right fit? Absolutely, if this sounds like you:

I am highly organized and self-motivated, with a knack for devising out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues. I am globally minded and adept at culturally competent communications. I am vegan and passionate about the mission, vision, and values of Mercy For Animals.

About Your Team Leader

Your supervisor, Susan, is Mercy For Animals senior vice president of philanthropy. She oversees and manages development and execution of fundraising strategy. Through all channels of fundraising, her team’s mission is to engage donors and prospects in a way that both educates and inspires them to give. A fundraising leader for more than 20 years, Susan is a passionate advocate for farmed animals and the nonprofit community. She is married to Tom, an estate and tax attorney, and is the proud mother of Emily. Susan is an avid reader and enjoys traveling, music, theater, and gatherings with friends and family.

Compensation and Benefits

Earn an annual salary of $85,000–$92,000, depending on qualifications, and enjoy a commute-free life as a remote team member. Our paid time-off policy, including 20 vacation days a year, staff-appreciation days, holidays, and sick leave, is as generous as our no- or low-cost health insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan, not to mention a collaborative and innovative work environment.

Application Details

We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications. Feel encouraged to go outside the traditional cover letter and state how you would add to our culture; what we would gain from having you on our team; and how you align with our organizational vision, mission, and values. 

Our Commitment to You

Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization. We are committed to the principles of equity and justice, and our culture celebrates authenticity—enabling every team member to shine. All employment decisions are based solely on individual qualifications, job needs, and job requirements, and potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, veteran status, and ability are encouraged to apply. We strive to include candidates from historically marginalized communities and those from or in communities impacted by environmental, social, and economic injustice. 

Come as you are, and help us transform our society and construct a truly compassionate food system.

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