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Major Gifts Fundraising Campaign Consultant – Request for Proposals


The Center on Policy Initiatives is now accepting proposals for the development and execution of a robust major gift fundraising program.


The Center on Policy Initiatives is a research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all. CPI serves a unique role in the San Diego region providing the analysis, policy solutions, education and alliances that advance social and economic justice.

Scope of Work & Deliverables

• Develop and execute, in conjunction with the CPI development team, a major gifts campaign to raise $250,000 in its first year and build a robust major donor program.

• Develop and implement cultivation strategies for prospective donors.

• Conduct and guide strategic research to create a list of top prospects.

• Work with team to develop pitch kits for donors.


• 3 or more years fundraising experience with focus on individual donors. Relevant experience with family foundations, political action committees, corporate giving, etc. will also be considered.

• Demonstrated successful experience in personal solicitation of five-figure contributions from individuals.

• Successful experience in moves management and engagement strategies.

• Knowledge of, and connections in, the social justice philanthropic community in, but not limited to, the San Diego region.

• Experience with prospect research.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and effective with diverse groups and audiences.

• Strong commitment to racial and gender equity.

• Respect for confidentiality of donor information.


This is currently a One Year contract, with the opportunity to renew based upon an evaluation of progress towards deliverables.

Interested parties should submit the following to

• Cover letter that describes your interest, skills and experience meet the qualifications for this position.

• Proposed methodology and timeline with key milestones, based on a March 2019 start date.

• Resume or CV that includes a summary of projects completed with dollar amounts raised.

• Preliminary cost estimates.

• 3 references who can speak to relevant experience, especially with major gifts.



Interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. No phone calls, please.



Campaign Director or Campaign Manager 

(Title and compensation commensurate with experience.)


San Diego County is at a moment of transition. The Board of Supervisors is sitting on more than $2 billion in cash reserves that are needed for critical services in our community and just last year joined President Trump in a hateful, anti-immigrant lawsuit opposing the California Values Act. Now–because of newly applicable term limits, demographic changes and the power of an engaged community–we have an opportunity to empower San Diego workers and residents, elect accountable and transparent leadership and make San Diego County a leader in investing in restorative justice and a safety net for all San Diegans.

Partners for Progress is a coalition uniting residents, community organizations and faith groups. Through organizing, advocacy, policy innovation and education we work to ensure that all San Diegans have an opportunity to fulfill the American Dream. Coalition member include the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the Center on Policy Initiatives, the Service Employees International Union Local 221, the San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP), the Employee Rights Center (ERC), the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Mid-City CAN, and other local and regional San Diego partners.


The Campaign Director/Manager will work with the Invest in San Diego Families (ISDF) coalition and the Partners for Progress (P4P) Advisory Board to advance the policy, organizing and communication goals of the coalition. The role of the Campaign Director/Manager is to lead organizing, policy and advocacy work in San Diego County. You will lead and coordinate with community groups and coalitions in driving policy change and mobilizing community activists to bring about progressive change in San Diego County.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Campaign Director/Manager performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the overall program or a specific campaign. Examples of those duties and responsibilities are listed below:

  • Developing and driving the ISDF coalition work targeted at San Diego County.
  • Coordinating ISDF partners to elicit input and achieve agreement on program.
  • Following up and holding partners accountable for deliverables.
  • Expanding the ISDF table as directed by partners.
  • Driving policy advocacy for the ISDF table at San Diego County.
  • Developing, articulating, refining a shared policy agenda across partner and ally organizations.
  • Organizing community participation and turnout to budget hearing, Board of Supervisors meetings and event.
  • Organizing creative and innovative actions and activities to bring pressure and awareness to policy and organizing priorities.
  • Driving a coordinated communication and messaging strategy that builds and enhances the work of the coalition.
  • Generating earned media with a focus on amplifying the voices of members’ organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Scope and Nature of Supervision:

The Campaign Director/Manager must be able to organize his or her time, and develop and carry out plans with minimum supervision. S/he must also be able to receive direction from and interact with his or her immediate supervisor collaboratively and in a dynamic environment.

Working Conditions:

The Campaign Director/Manager will be required to work long and irregular hours, and to work on weekends and holidays when necessary.

Key Qualifications: 

  1. Ability to lead, motivate and inspire allies and activists to accomplish goals.
  2. Demonstrated experience in driving and implementing progressive advocacy agendas directed at local, state or national decision makers.
  3. Demonstrated experience developing and implementing integrated communications and messaging strategies, including earned media, talking points and framing, online organizing, and other communications tactics.
  4. Demonstrated expertise in political analysis and applying political analysis to create policies and strategy to drive these forward.
  5. Demonstrated experience and expertise developing relevant policy proposals and agendas that address the needs of communities and coalition partners and are responsive to political realities.
  6. Demonstrated understanding of policy as it impacts the mission of ISDF and P4P.
  7. Significant experience with community organizing and the execution of creative actions and activities.
  8. Ability to take initiative and be creative in developing campaign direction and processes to complete goals and win priorities.
  9. Working knowledge and understanding of community coalition work, and the ability to drive partners collaboratively towers a common agenda.
  10. Sound organizational skills to manage and prioritize work subject to deadlines in a dynamic and changing environment, as an individual and as a member of a team.
  11. Demonstrated ability to formulate and deliver on short- and long-term capacity building goals.


Please submit a resume, a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and reasons for applying for this position, and contact information for three references to with the subject line: “ISDF Campaign Manager/Director – (your last name, your first name).”

DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received.

Partners for Progress is a fiscally sponsored entity governed by an independent advisory board of directors. As such, employees of Partners for Progress are employees of the Center on Policy Initiatives for tax and legal purposes.

Initial review of applications may take up to 5 weeks. As part of our application process, we require all final interviews be conducted in person. Travel assistance for in-person interviews is not available.

All positions are located at our offices in San Diego, unless otherwise noted.

Given the high volume of applications we receive it is not possible for us to contact all candidates. We are also unable to accept calls or direct emails regarding the status of applications.

The Center on Policy Initiatives respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe our strength lies in the broad range of people and partners we work with and represent. Inclusion is a driver of our institutional excellence and we seek out the participation of women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees, board members, and volunteers.