Development Assistant (Volunteer)

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Recruiting Organization: WhoWhatWhy

Development Assistant (Volunteer)

*Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time, volunteer work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment. All positions are remote/ work-from-home.

Are you an experienced Development Assistant who is passionate about making a difference? Would you find it exciting to work with smart and talented individuals committed to producing great journalism in the public interest? Can you commit 10 hours a week to our mission, working remotely on your own schedule with our far-flung, diverse team?

WhoWhatWhy is seeking development assistants to support all aspects of development, such as assisting with donor communications. Assistants will be required to help identify, track, and reach out to donors and organize prospect information. They will support all department sub-teams, take notes, and learn the ropes of nonprofit fundraising. is a nonpartisan, agenda-free news organization. Not left-wing, not right-wing, not consensus-seeking, we report the truth, whatever it is. We approach each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep beneath the surface -- and don’t back away in the face of pressure from powerful institutions and groupthink.

We are a nonprofit. We are not funded by a zillionaire. We do not accept corporate ads. As such, we are only currently able to pay a small core team, as well as experienced professional freelancers -- and rely primarily on skilled volunteers to fill out our growing organizational infrastructure.

Age does not matter. We have among us young students, vibrant retirees, and everything in between, from all walks of life.

Join us!


  • Track and potentially manage development projects and tasks, while contributing new ideas for growth
  • Assist with background research on prospective donors and grants
  • Assist development department with a variety of other organizational tasks
  • Participate in strategic brainstorms regarding fundraising initiatives and new prospect outreach
  • Execute campaigns to identify and cultivate relationships with prospective donors
  • Maintain detailed spreadsheets and databases with current and prospective donor information
  • Own donor accounts by staying on top of regular outreach and drafting email correspondence
  • Track and manage multiple development projects including board recruitment, donor newsletters/email marketing, events, and other tasks simultaneously
  • Assist with background research on prospective donors and grants


  • Excellent written communication and oral presentation abilities
  • A solid grasp of -- and commitment to -- our mission
  • Self-motivated and able to adapt to a fast-paced environment
  • Interest in and knowledge of current affairs and news
  • Previous nonprofit development experience a plus
  • Highly reliable, extremely organized, and detail-oriented
  • Able to set deadlines and ensure timely completion of deliverables
  • Able to handle confidential material with discretion
  • Interest and knowledge of current affairs and news


  • Channel your passion in a stimulating environment
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an up-and-coming organization
  • Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory
  • Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis
  • Have fun while you make a difference


You will be expected to attend your department’s recurring meetings. Beyond this, you will work on your own schedule. We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months for at least 10 hours a week. Because our team is spread throughout the world, we rely on a combination of Slack, email, and conference calls, and expect everyone to be responsive in a timely manner.

To Apply

We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. To apply, send your resume and a customized cover letter, making clear you are familiar with our mission and work.You should confirm your understanding that this is a volunteer position. If there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send a cover letter to

Please note that response emails from us sometimes end up in spam folders; don’t forget to check them. Thank you!

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389 5th Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 11109, US

Mission Statement

To bridge the gap between intention and action in order to bring about social impact.


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