Donor Relations Manager

Rights And Resources Group Washington , DC 20001

Posted 1 week ago

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a global Coalition of more than 150 organizations dedicated to advancing the forest, land, and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, Afro-descendants, and in particular the women within these groups. Members capitalize on each others strengths, expertise, and geographic reach to achieve solutions more effectively and efficiently. RRI leverages the power of its global Coalition to amplify the voices of local peoples and proactively engage governments, multilateral institutions, and private sector actors to adopt institutional and market reforms that support the realization of rights.

RRI is coordinated by the Rights and Resources Group (RRG), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

If you are passionate about working with Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and Afro-descendants to secure their rights; supporting womens rights and governance; and combatting climate change, this could be the place for you. RRI does meaningful work to make a positive difference at the global, national, and local scale. For more information about our inclusive and purpose-driven work, visit People of color; people from Indigenous, local, and Afro-descendant communities; women; and LGBTQ+ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Manager, Donor Relations

The Donor Relations Manager is responsible for designing and implementing an integrated donor relations program to ensure that RRI delivers on donor commitments; strengthens relationships with new and existing donors; and grows revenue. Under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, and in coordination with the donor management teams, the manager will streamline RRIs donor engagement processes and ensure consistency across logframes and commitments for RRIs major institutional donors. The ideal applicant is a skilled project manager with excellent writing and collaboration skills and a deep understanding of monitoring and evaluation functions. Experience working in multi-cultural environments is highly desirable.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, USA or Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Applicants for the Washington, DC location should apply to this offer. To apply for the Montreal location, please visit:

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Design and implement an integrated donor relations and reporting system

  • Design an integrated system and maintain a reporting calendar to manage donor reporting, ensuring alignment between organizational priorities and donor commitments and minimizing duplication of efforts
  • Maintain a centralized logframe with assigned reporting responsibilities across the donor management teams to streamline the organizations donor engagement processes and assist in monitoring and evaluation
  • Manage the compiling, writing, and editing of donor reports, procuring necessary input from across the organization and donor leads, while ensuring that overarching donor priorities and key RRI messaging are integrated into report
  • Oversee production of RRIs Annual Narrative Report and contribute to drafting
  • Ensure that donor commitments are integrated into RRIs annual planning process and assist finance in determining proper allocation of donor funds to programmatic objectives
  • Support program staff to ensure that program expenses align with budget restrictions, donor regulations, and grant specifications
  • Liaise with finance to ensure alignment between financial and narrative reporting
  • Identify potential risks to the institution or coalition related to donor relations, convey those to Management, and assist in developing solutions

2. Respond to donor requests and proactively steward RRIs major institutional donors

  • Develop a deep understanding of existing donors priorities and manage the relationship in coordination with program officers
  • Cultivate the Donor Support Group and organize annual meetings, ensuring timely responsiveness to their concerns and advice, all toward informed, strong, and continued support for RRI
  • Respond to donor needs for presentation materials, coordinate meetings with appropriate staff, and otherwise ensure that donor requests are met
  • Proactively inform donors about RRI successes, challenges, and key learnings in order to improve RRIs positioning, increase opportunities for further funding, and encourage donors to prioritize RRI values across their portfolios
  • Represent RRI at donor-convened meetings and present on RRIs accomplishments as needed
  • Liaise with the strategic communications team, regional teams, and strategic analysis teams to capture RRI successes and ensure these are communicated to donors through both reporting and other avenues
  • Oversee any audits or evaluations requested by existing donors

3. Lead the production of RRI proposals and contribute to cultivating funders

  • Draft or oversee drafting of concept notes and proposals, particularly for existing donors
  • Assist in new donor prospecting and cultivation activities as directed
  • Support the SAGE and Regional program Directors and teams in prospecting and grant writing
  • Respond to calls from RRI Coalition members for joint fundraising


  • Bachelors degree in a relevant field, Masters preferred
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience working in nonprofit donor relations
  • Experience writing donor reports and grant proposals for nonprofits
  • Excellent communications skills: clearly and effectively speaks, writes, and edits; tailoring language, tone, style, and format to different audiences
  • Project management and coordination skills
  • An advanced understanding of Monitoring & Evaluation processes
  • Must be fluent in English; professional fluency in Spanish and/or French is preferred
  • Exceptional organization and planning skills, with attention to meticulous detail
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term
  • Courteous and professional manner, with respect for other cultures and work in international teams
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills: works effectively, respectfully, and inclusively with people from different cultural backgrounds and with different perspectives.
  • Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment and to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term


Rights and Resources Group recognizes the value of benefits to employees and their families. We take great pride in offering our dedicated and committed employees a competitive benefits package. Our comprehensive benefit programs provide you with a reliable, effective, and affordable array of choices that will meet your needs and those of your family.

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance; dependents and domestic partners eligible
  • 100% coverage of employee premiums for the following: short-term/long-term disability insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, and the employee assistant program
  • If eligible, 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • 25+ days of leave annually, in addition to paid holidays
  • Flextime, teleworking, and work from home options
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $1,500 per year after 1 full year of employment
  • Dynamic growth opportunities with merit-based promotion philosophy

Rights and Resources Group (RRG) is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the organization and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, RRG makes all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or belief, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or any other category protected by applicable law.

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Donor Relations Manager

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