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Development Assistant

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ORGANIZATION: Agate Housing and Services

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Development Assistant


Agate Housing and Services engages with a wide variety of donors and partners. These groups help fund our programs by offering private donations, grants, and physical donations. The Donor Services and Database Administrator is a valuable member of the Development Department, keeping track of our donations, relationships, gift acknowledgements and more. The main goal of the Development Assistant is to support the Donor Services and Database Administrator with data entries, gift entries, and database maintenance. The latter tasks are all electronic and done by computer. Over time, the Development Assistant may learn new skills and be trained to help the Administrator with different tasks and responsibilities as needed. The Development Assistant will have the opportunity to take Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge training courses.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Record gift entries for monetary donations on a weekly basis
  • Assist with acknowledgements
  • Enter A Day in the Life registrants, monthly
  • Update The Raiser’s Edge with Mailchimp information, monthly
  • Database clean-ups as needed

Secondary Responsibilities:

When the Donor Services and Database Administrator is caught up, the Development Assistant may be asked to help other staff members of the department, like the volunteer coordinators, the Communications Manager, the Grants Manager, the Resource Advocate, or the Director of Advancement and Community Engagement. The work will depend on staff needs and the volunteer’s level of comfortability.

Training and Confidentiality:

This individual will receive full training and orientation in their specific role, as well as a tour of the facility in which they will be working. They will be informed about our organization, services, and how their commitment impacts our work in the community. The Development Assistant can expect to be trained how to navigate, maintain, and enter data into Raiser’s Edge databases, as well as how to create gift acknowledgements. They can also expect to be trained for any new skills or secondary responsibilities as needed.

Support and Supervision:

The Development Assistant’s on-site supervisor will be Amber Becker, the Donor Services and Database Administrator. The volunteer should direct their questions, comments, and concerns directly to Amber Becker. If at some point their on-site supervisor is unavailable, the volunteer can also reach out to the volunteer coordinators (Noah Chan and Abby Abele) or anyone else in the Development Department for support.


  • 6 months minimum
  • 1-5 hours per week (starting lower, and then gradually building up the time)
  • In-person/virtual hybrid


2309 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55404


  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and verbally)
  • Administrative and computer proficiency including Excel and Word
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Preferred but not required: experience working with Raiser’s Edge and Mailchimp
  • Available during weekday office hours (E.g., 9:00AM - 5:00PM)


The Raiser’s Edge is our primary fundraising and relationship management tool. Maintaining accurate and detailed information helps to ensure the best data is available to make fundraising decisions. Clean and consistent data results in stronger relationships with our constituents and increased fundraising revenue to further our mission of ending homelessness and relieving hunger through action and advocacy.


Noah Chan (he/him/his)

Community Engagement Coordinator

Phone: 612-327-6389

Abby Abele (Pronouns: She/Her)

Volunteer and In-Kind Giving Coordinator

Direct: 612-715-0449

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About Agate Housing and Services


2309 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404, US

Mission Statement

To end homelessness and relieve hunger through action and advocacy


Agate is a social advocacy organization committed to ending homelessness, making sure every person and family has a stable place to live, with their basic human needs met and a hopeful path ahead


Computers & Technology
Homeless & Housing
Computers & Technology, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Minneapolis, MN 55404



  • Donor Management
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Database Administration
  • Microsoft Office Suite




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 months minimum; 1-5 hours per week
  • -Excellent communication skills in English (written and verbally) -Administrative and computer proficiency including Excel and Word -Ability to work independently and with a team -Experience working with Raiser’s Edge and Mailchimp

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