Donor Development & Events Coordinator(s)

Job Locations US-MA-Springfield
Posted Date 2 months ago(12/2/2021 2:27 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Gardening The Community


Founded in 2002, in Springfield, MA, Gardening the Community ( (GTC), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (, is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities.  GTC works with youth to grow food on vacant lots and organizes to expand healthy, affordable food access in the Mason Square neighborhoods of Springfield. GTC’s vision includes building a vibrant, healthy food system with just and equal access to it – one that recognizes and addresses inequity - so racism no longer determines the health or well-being of a neighborhood or community. 


The Donor Development & Events Coordinator is an integral position at Gardening the Community, supporting the organization's fundraising strategies including events and communication, stewardship, and research and tracking. The Development Coordinator works closely with the Systems & Communication Coordinator in ensuring the database systems are supported and utilized, in planning and executing events, and in organizational communication strategy.


Essential Functions


Events & Communication (30%) 

  • Event Planning;
  • Manage and support donor mailings including: spring and fall appeals, thank you letters;
  • Social media management (focus around campaigns, fundraising);
  • Support grant pipeline, including grant pipeline updates, and grant and report preparation, writing, and submission;
  • Grant and donation thank-yous;
  • Work with the Systems & Communications Coordinator to coordinate the design, preparation, and distribution of the annual report and other reports to donors and funders;
  • Prepare sponsorship solicitations opportunities;
  • Provide support to Development Committee including organizing monthly meetings.


Stewardship (30%)

  • Facilitate meetings and connections with staff, youth and board with donors and funders;
  • Donor Appreciation;
  • Support ED in individual donor cultivation, stewardship and appreciation;
  • Coordinate writing and sending of grantor/foundation/major donor update letters and other general mailings, as needed;
  • Organize outreach for group volunteer days;
  • Develop a list of opportunities for donor outreach and community engagement for GTC.


Research & Tracking (20%)

  • Create and run reports for development team;
  • Track donations and reconcile with TSNE;
  • Track pledges as well as sustainer gifts to ensure on-time payment;
  • Conduct research on donor prospects to expand donor base;
  • Foundations- database management, setting up timelines, evaluating eligibility for new grants;
  • Manage GTC’s CRM database (Neon).


Admin/Office Management/Team Time (20%) :

  • Support & Participating in Staff Meeting;
  • General Organizational and Board Development Subcommittee Support;
  • Supervise Interns, as needed;
  • Farm and Farm Store shifts (1/week or 4/month) (unless remote);
  • Managing mail (unless remote);
  • Office supply ordering (unless remote).


Additional Information

  • This description is written as one position.  The organization will consider splitting this role based one the applicant's strengths;
  • Please include the following documents with your application:
    • Resume/CV – Use document upload section in the beginning of the application
    • Cover letter – You will be prompted to enter a cover letter towards the end of the application and will need to copy paste it into the space available not as an attachment.
      • Please be sure to include your answer to this question in the cover letter:

        How do you see your role as a member of a justice and equity-driven organization working with and centering the lived experiences of racially and economically diverse populations? 


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Understanding of and the ability to demonstrate a commitment to GTC’s mission and core values;
  • Must have a demonstrated understanding of racial equity, food and/or health equity;
  • Strong written communication (for Donor Development);
  • Strong attention to detail and customer service skills.Project Management experience, desired
  • Event & Communication experience, 1+ years experience preferred;
  • Experience with a CRM such as Neon or Salesforce a plus;
  • Bilingual (Spanish), strongly encouraged.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • If remote, have a home office with strong internet and phone connectivity;
  • Work on a farm site
  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; bend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed at Gardening The Community located in Springfield, MA. Will consider remote candidates.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $18.00/hr and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package, depending on standard weekly hours, including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/GTC envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/GTC will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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