Jun 13, 2022

Director of Philanthropy

$70,000 - $80,000 yearly
  • Karam Foundation
  • Remote
Full-Time Fundraising/Development

Job Description

Karam Foundation is seeking a new Director of Philanthropy to inspire donors to give generously to support displaced Syrian communities. We are looking for an expert with strong experience in this field to elevate our successes. Your role will be central to scaling Karam’s future impact and growth. 



Strategy: You will be the lead in developing and executing the Development Strategy to meet the organizational goals of increased financial support. Your team will work to secure our $4m budget, and to do so, you will set and achieve revenue and activity goals for the Philanthropy Department across different revenue tracks (grassroots, major donors, foundation grants, etc.). 


Major Donor Engagement: You will manage a portfolio of 10-15 key donors and support our CEO in managing her portfolio. 


Management and Mentorship: You will manage our philanthropy staff (currently two other team members) in addition to day to day operations of the department. 


Support Department Activities: You will be responsible for providing robust support to development initiatives including campaigns, major gift solicitation, donor outreach, and grant applications. You will prepare materials and reports for board meetings.


Leadership: You will be part of the Executive Team of Karam Foundation and play a role in setting the organizational vision, strategy and culture. 


Hiring Organization

Karam Foundation




You are a builder. You get excited by our accomplishments but are always looking at ways to expand our successes. Whether that means building new tactics or tools, or investing in the team you are working with — you have a growth mindset.  


You initiate. You see the good but also see where work needs to be done. And you go and fix it. You will research solutions and propose them, with the hopes of helping our organization operate more smoothly. 

You are creative. You never stop thinking of ways of leveraging our impact to mobilize and inspire people to give. 


You are a go-getter. You have entrepreneurial zeal. You set your goals and plan the way to achieve them. You adapt to unexpected challenges and to donor needs. You know that results matter most. 


You are a great communicator. You understand Karam’s tone and deliver polished, pitch-perfect messages to our supporter base across various constituencies.  


You care. You are motivated by a love of humanity that doesn’t stop at borders. You want to be part of our mission of building a better world. 

You are collaborative. You come with positive energy and want to work with our small team and with partners to get things done. You don’t let ego, process, or dogma get in the way. 

What We’re Looking For: The Essentials 


  • 3-5 years experience in major gift strategy and fundraising, including experience raising 2-5m annually and/or securing 6- or 7-figure gifts. 
  • Track record of setting, measuring and delivering development strategies 
  • Track record of utilizing different fundraising tactics to mobilize donor bases
  • Excellent verbal and written communicator
  • Strong teamwork and leadership skills
  • Experience working with remote teams -Karam Foundation’s Philanthropy team are all located in the US (most at IL HQ), but also work closely with staff members in Turkey.
  • Extremely organized and results-oriented


What We’re Looking For: Strongly Preferred 


  • Experience working on Syria and/or humanitarian crises
  • Familiarity/proficiency with donor databases (Salesforce ideal)
  • Experience working on education and/or innovation causes
  • Experience of working with volunteers 

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Benefits include health insurance (premiums 50% paid by Karam); 15 days vacation, plus 8 team-wide Mental Health Days set on the calendar; and 5 sick days; 401(k) with 2% matching (after 6 months employment with Karam); flexible work environment; and capacity building stipend.


Application Instructions

Please fill out the application form on our website below, and upload a copy of your resume and a cover letter outlining why you are the right fit for the role. For any questions or application issues, you can email karam@karamfoundation.org 

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