Senior Philanthropy Officer

Title: Senior Philanthropy Officer

Location: Remote – United States

Type: Full Time

Workplace: remote

Category: Development General


About Trevor:

The Trevor Project is the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ young people. Our non-profit provides 24/7 life-saving support via phone, text, and chat. We also operate the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ+ youth and run innovative research, education, and advocacy programs. We’ve been saving lives every day for over 20 years.

Every day, and in every role, our staff contribute to our critical mission of ending suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people by embodying our values:

Heart–We care deeply and commit to do what matters

Integrity–We build trust through our words and actions

Community-Together, we are an unstoppable force for good

Belonging-We serve as allies to the mission, and to each other

Progress-We continually move onward and upward

Applicants and staff must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. The Trevor Project will not sponsor an employment visa for this position.

Role: Senior Philanthropy Officer

Reports to: Chief Development Officer (Until Director/VP Major Gifts is hired)

Eligibility: Authorization to work for any employer in the United States is required. The Trevor Project will not sponsor a work visa for this role.

Location: This role will be remote in the continental US, Alaska, or Hawaii

Classification: Exempt Full Time

Union Role: Non-Union

Salary Range: $100,000 – $110,000

In the spirit of transparency and open communication, we wanted to share with you that The Trevor Project recently voluntarily recognized The Communications Workers of America (CWA) as the representative of certain employees for collective bargaining purposes. The position for which you are being considered is not part of the bargaining unit because it is confidential, managerial, or supervisory, and you may be responsible for communicating management’s decisions to bargaining unit employees.


Every day, and in every role, our staff contribute to our critical mission of ending suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people while fostering an inclusive approach to our direct work and engagement with Trevor’s colleagues across the organization while fostering an inclusive approach to your direct work and engagement with Trevor colleagues across the organization, while continually growing our LGBTQ+ competency and awareness.

The Senior Philanthropy Officer will play a key role in identifying new opportunities and helping the Philanthropy team reach revenue goals in support of Trevor’s work in providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ+ young people. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, you will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewardship of individual donors with a five-, six-, and seven-figure gift capacity. The Senior Philanthropy Officer will ensure The Trevor Project’s major donors and prospects have a meaningful and delightful philanthropic experience, engaging donors and securing significant funding to support Trevor’s life-saving mission.

What You’ll Do

  • Secure $2M+ annually through major gift contributions of $25,000 or more in support of Trevor’s mission.
  • Work autonomously to manage a portfolio and lead relationships with some of Trevor’s largest donors and prospects, including building strategies, leading pitches, and identifying new opportunities.
  • Actively prospect for new major donors to build a sustainable pipeline of support for Trevor’s mission.
  • Oversee stewardship of a high-quality donor experience through developing individual relationships, correspondence, mailings, acknowledgements, and other meaningful opportunities to engage with the organization.
  • Identify opportunities to increase involvement for current and prospective donors.
  • Contribute to building an evolving fundraising model at Trevor, bringing new ideas and ways to build, scale, and manage philanthropic relationships.
  • Develop compelling proposals working alongside program and finance leadership, tracking impact against our goals in collaboration with internal stakeholders.
  • Maintain monthly reports and use this data to drive decision making around prioritizing donors and analyzing potential revenue increases over the entire portfolio.
  • Liaise between philanthropy and internal teams by helping to align on shared vision, goals, and projects.
  • Represent the organization at external functions and events.
  • Other relevant tasks, duties, or special projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Proven success in securing multi-year and annual five-figure and above gifts. Demonstrated success in identifying and cultivating new prospects and managing and personally soliciting major gifts to retain and grow a major gifts program.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas clearly – both written and verbal – for audiences, both internal and external.
  • Proven collaborator who approaches all work and interactions with empathy and inclusion.
  • Recognized success in creating relationships with cross-functional teams from varying levels, working closely with colleagues to brainstorm ideas, discuss pros/cons, and develop ways forward.
  • Proven ability to listen and respond to develop mutual understanding and trust.
  • Experienced in fostering an environment where different opinions and approaches can be entertained, considered, and appreciated while working as a team to find a resolution.
  • Proven skill in distilling complex information into compelling, easily digestible narratives; presents information in an inspiring and persuasive way.
  • Track record of building effective and positive relationships with others, internally and externally and at all levels, incorporating relationship building as fundamental to success.
  • Prior success in roles with clear and concrete goals with a track record of meeting goals, and experience setting goals for their own progress.
  • Demonstrated experience in making data-based decisions.
  • Demonstrates awareness and support for The Trevor Project’s mission and vision: to end suicide and address mental health crises in the LGBTQ+ youth community, and create a world where all LGBTQ+ young people see a bright future for themselves.

Why Trevor?

  • A career that truly makes a difference in the lives of LGBTQ young people–every single day
  • Outstanding benefits, including:
  • Comprehensive health insurance, including plan coverage for various gender affirmation care (and we pay 100% of your employee contribution premiums for medical, dental, vision, AND basic life insurance)
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 3% match
  • Generous vacation and 13 paid holidays (one of our holidays is Harvey Milk Day!) plus two floating holidays and three half-day Fridays during the summer
  • Employee Assistance Program to help with confidential emotional support, work-life solutions, financial solutions, legal assistance, or online support
  • In-network mental health office and virtual visits are covered at 100%, and out-of-network visits are covered at an enhanced level.
  • Remote work from the continental US, Alaska, or Hawaii (we provide the technology, a monthly internet reimbursement, and reimbursement to outfit your work-from-home space!)
  • Professional and Learning Development Trainings/Education: including a professional subscription to LinkedIn Learning, providing access to more than 13,000 high-quality on-demand courses.
  • Online Subscription to Headspace, a digital mindfulness and meditation platform

The Trevor Project provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law or policy. The Trevor Project complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity in employment.

The Trevor Project is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please submit a request here. Please do not disclose medical information in this form–this information will be viewed only by our benefits team and will remain secure. This form is only for those requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process. This form is not an application – you must still apply through The Trevor Project careers website.