Senior Donor Researcher

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


Do you know "the right people"?

Certain people are specially wired, by experience and instinct, to know who "the right people" are. Maybe that’s you. Can you look at biographies, recognize family names and charitable activity patterns, and pick out the most likely people to support our work? Do you have three or more hours a week to help?

If so, the up-and-coming, nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy may have the ideal opportunity for you to grow professionally, contribute to a greater good and have a lot of fun. We are looking for skilled volunteers as senior researchers to help our Development Department spot and vet potential donors. And if you really love research, our reporters could benefit from your talents as well.

This position is part-time and pro-bono, but down the road, as we grow, we can offer possibilities of compensation.

WhoWhatWhy is changing how the public gets informed. We are a true antidote to "fake news," with agenda-free research and bracingly thoughtful analysis. Non-corporate and non-partisan and commercial-free, we are powered entirely by public support and the passionate involvement of people who believe in our mission.

If you’re able to commit and want to be part of this, we want to hear from you. Send us your resume and a detailed cover letter that shows you have studied our brand and explains why you are qualified for this position. Make clear you understand the fundamentally pro bono aspect and are not mass-applying.

What You Bring (Qualifications)

  • Awareness of or ability to discover high net worth individuals with a propensity to support worthy, unconventional causes
  • Analytical skills and a talent for pattern recognition.
  • Ability to memorize data on donor prospects.
  • A penchant for hard work and resourcefulness

What You Do (Responsibilities)

  • Scour biographies, news archives and databases for wealthy individuals who may be willing and able to support our work
  • Conduct research on said prospects’ giving capacity, political orientation, charitable donations and areas of interest
  • Create and maintain up-to-date files on prospects and donors

What You Get

  • Experience working with the contact management system SalesForce, a skills set that is increasingly in demand
  • An opportunity to interact with fascinating content on leading figures
  • Work with a supportive, friendly team
  • Help the entity that is reinventing journalism in the public interest to grow and increase its impact


  • Resource Development / Management
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • 3 hours/week

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