World Wildlife Fund - US

Senior Philanthropy Writer, Donor Communications - 23116

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 months ago(3/30/2023 10:57 AM)
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Philanthropy Writer, Donor Communications.


The Senior Philanthropy Writer contributes to the team’s production of high-level individual donor concepts, proposals, stewardship reports, and other products that will educate, inspire, and present a clear and compelling case for major and principal donor support of WWF’s conservation priorities. These donor-centric pieces must convey donor impact and the organization’s appreciation of transformational gifts. This position sits within the Donor Communications and Stewardship team in the Development Department’s Strategic Services division. (Hybrid work at Washington, DC HQ.)


  • Collaborates across multiple teams and stakeholders to develop compelling funding opportunities, reports, and other donor communications collateral for WWF priority programs. 
  • Writes and designs or manipulates designed templates to produce both generic and highly personalized narratives for WWF’s highest-level individual donors that accurately transform complex material into highly readable, informative, and compelling cases for support of WWF priorities. 
  • Partners closely with development and program staff and with others across WWF to complete a range of donor products to strategy and schedule.
  • Proactively seeks program information to cultivate major donors based on their interests.
  • Works closely with Donor Communications & Stewardship team at large, other Development teams, institutional Communications colleagues, and program staff to share programmatic information, ensure consistent messaging and branding, and avoid duplication of effort and resources.
  • Ensures timely updates to donor assignment databases and ensures project manager receives final donor products for filing and conversion to generic documents for knowledge management library as appropriate to help build robust resources for the team, relationship managers, and other WWF staff.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 6 years’ professional work experience required, with at least 4 years’ work specific to philanthropy writing (developing proposals, concepts, reports, and presentations for high-net-worth individuals and/or foundations or corporations, and packaging fundraising or marketing materials). 
  • Able to quickly learn about evolving conservation issues and trends; familiar with environmental or related sciences.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write in a range of voices and styles for varied projects with diverse audiences. Experienced and dependable proofreader and editor. Fluency with style guides. Strong research skills. Able to translate complex information into clear, jargon-free language that conveys key messages.
  • Excellent visual sense for presenting written, photo, and graphics information in a compelling way for individual donors. Experience with design tools or interest in learning.
  • Capable of setting priorities and managing multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, including urgent and high-level requests. Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail and timeliness. 
  • Able to work effectively and maintain composure and good humor under pressure.
  • Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a wide range of colleagues, including senior leadership, across the organization, including Development, Goal team, Communications, and other staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively as a member of a team—and to communicate in a cross-functional, global organization environment. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel. Prefer proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop as well. Capacity to learn recent technologies as relevant. Donor database experience preferred.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.  


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #23116
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone


As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.


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