Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided free of charge to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors, including homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff have rescued over 100 million pounds of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed over 2 million people across eight Southern California counties last year. See our core values posted below.
Food Forward, Southern California’s largest nonprofit organization devoted to the recovery and donation of fresh produce to the region’s 2.5M+ food insecure, has undergone unprecedented growth in 2019 and 2020. Food Forward is seeking candidates for a new position, Major Gifts Manager, to steward its growing universe of supporters and expand the individual giving program.
The Manager will work closely with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) to develop strategy and implement research, relationship-building, solicitation, and stewardship for a growing individual donor program. Current strategies include: three major campaigns (online, mail, and event); cultivation events in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties; personal solicitation by the Founder/CEO, board, and volunteer fundraisers; planned giving; and ongoing email and social media. The Manager will work directly with the CDO and collaborate with an effective team of colleagues managing multiple revenue streams. The team also works with the Communications department to implement marketing strategies.
The ideal candidate will have a positive, “can-do” attitude and the ability to work collaboratively with all staff and volunteers in a diverse and fast-paced environment; is self-motivated and highly organized, with exceptional attention to accuracy; is flexible and has the ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously; exercises good judgment in handling confidential donor information; and has a keen passion for food justice and strong alignment with Food Forward’s core values. The candidate will demonstrate their ability to write persuasively and have excellent interpersonal communication skills to engage a wide range of donors.
Success in Year One
In the first year of this new position, the Manager will be expected to:
Program planning and management
Donor cultivation and stewardship
Application Deadline: March 5, 2021
Desired Start Date: April 5, 2021
Salary: $70,000 - $77,500
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected] In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?
The subject line should read: Major Gifts Manager – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application
Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.