Philanthropy Director


Upaya Social Ventures is seeking a full-time Philanthropy Director to join our team. We are an entrepreneurial, passionate nonprofit with a highly supportive culture. The best candidate for this role will be a seasoned fundraiser who is excited to shape strategy, own outcomes, and participate as an integral member of our leadership team.

About Upaya

Upaya Social Ventures is a nonprofit organization building an inclusive economy by providing investment and support to early-stage businesses creating dignified jobs for people living in the most extreme poverty.

Upaya’s award-winning, impact-first model seeks out and supports oft-overlooked companies creating work that is safe, stable, inclusive, and rewarding — generating a transformative impact on families, communities, and economies.

Since its founding in 2011, Upaya’s portfolio companies have created over 42,000 dignified jobs across India. Please visit for more information.

About the Role

Upaya’s fundraising strategy includes a balance of major gifts, institutional support, events, and broad-based giving. The right person for this role will enjoy managing a variety of activities, but especially direct donor interaction. As a member of a relatively small team, the Philanthropy Director will experience significant autonomy in setting direction for the organization’s individual fundraising strategy and representing the organization in the community.

The Philanthropy Director will set strategy, execute on campaigns, and oversee all aspects of Upaya’s individual fundraising, working closely with the CEO, and supported by a Senior Associate. This role works closely with the Upaya Marketing Manager.

The Philanthropy Director will report to the CEO and be a member of the management team.

In this position you will:

  • Develop and implement effective fundraising strategies for major donors, broad-based giving, and support foundation outreach.
  • Direct and participate in the face-to-face cultivation and solicitation of $25,000+ gifts, including managing a portfolio of donors, identifying, qualifying, and cultivating new prospects.
  • Provide leadership and support to board members to assist in prospect identification and cultivation, training, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Supervise the planning and executing of our annual gala, responsible for 25% of the organization’s budget
  • Design and launch a new events strategy in multiple cities
  • Represent the organization within the community by attending and actively participating in appropriate internal and external functions and events.
  • Support grant proposals and review other donor materials as necessary.


  • Minimum five (5) years of development experience
  • Proven track record managing a portfolio of major donors
  • Experience with international development a plus
  • Experience with communications a plus
  • Comfort with rolling up your sleeves to get things done, using technology to make life easier, and thinking outside the box.

How to apply

Submit a one-page cover letter stating your interest/passion to work for Upaya and how you would be a good fit for the role, along with your resume to Please include “Philanthropy Director” in the subject line. This position is open until filled.

  • Salary Range: $90 – 120,000, dependent on experience
  • Perks/Benefits: Allowance for health benefits; generous PTO; highly flexible work schedule
  • Location: prefer Seattle-based. We are a hybrid office with access to any WeWork office.

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