World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through the Power of Bicycles. We envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. Our robust Buffalo
Bicycles are a cost-effective and reliable means of overcoming the challenges posed by long distances in the developing world.
We are a global not-for-profit that manages a highly refined bicycle supply chain from design through
final distribution. We also work collaboratively with other non-profits—our field partners—to design,
implement, and test large-scale bicycle programs. Funding for these activities comes from individuals,
foundations, and corporations.
We have an innovative corporate structure with a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary that sells our
Buffalo Bicycles to individuals and other non-profits. This structure enables us to diversify our funding
and magnify the impact of donations; reduces unit costs through greater scale; sharpens our focus on
the end-users’ needs; and works in harmony rather than in conflict with local economies.
World Bicycle Relief is a registered NFP in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia. We support
programs in over 15 developing countries, and have assembly facilities in Angola, Kenya, Malawi,
Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
About the Position
As Major Gift Officer based in the Bay Area, you will be responsible for stewarding existing supporters
and building key relationships to build a portfolio of engaged, inspired donors in (and potentially
beyond) the Bay Area. You will be a key member of our global fundraising team, contributing to our
long-term growth strategy. You will bring passion, innovation and creative thinking to your role as a
relationship manager and fundraiser.
Work closely with the Director of Development for Major Giving and other key staff to develop a
major giving strategy that contributes to our global fundraising goals.
Build relationships with a robust portfolio of new major gift donors and engage existing donors
to raise funds for our bicycle programs.
Create opportunities, activities and events to attract new donors, cultivate current donors and
build the WBR brand in the Bay Area.
Develop innovative partnerships with corporations, foundations, affinity groups and other
organizations that connect us to new major donors and drive revenue.
Become an expert on WBR programs and share the impact of our work with donors in authentic
and compelling ways.
Rely on metrics and donor data to track performance, giving trends, identify new opportunities
for revenue and drive efficiencies.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
Minimum 5 years’ experience in the non-profit industry. At least 2-3 years’ fundraising
experience, preferably with major donors.
Proven track record for closing gifts and reaching revenue targets.
Outstanding communication and relationship building skills geared toward sophisticated donor
Insights and expertise on the philanthropic landscape in the Bay Area.
Knowledge of international development issues, particularly in Africa.
Solid experience and disciplined approach to donor databases, preferably Salesforce.
Qualities we are seeking in a candidate:
A passion for our mission and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Exceptional organizational and project management skills.
Initiative, strategic thinking and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Superior relationship-building skills and an impeccable customer service track record.
Outstanding communication skills across a variety of audiences and channels.
A positive attitude and commitment to continuous learning and improvement.
You should know:
This is a remote position and will require your own work space, at least initially.
This position will require evening and weekend hours.
This position will require some domestic and international travel.
World Bicycle Relief is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Position requires ability to lift up to 50lbs.
Position requires a valid driver’s license.
The World Bicycle Relief team is hard-working, fun, creative and collaborative – we are excited
to work with you!
Please submit a resume and cover letter (both required) via our online application system: