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Fundraising Project Lead


About Parkes Philanthropy

Parkes Philanthropy equips nonprofits, corporations, and individuals with the ideas, resources, and support they need to positively impact the world. 

With over 90+ collective years of experience across the sector, our consultants bring a wealth of experience to our engagements — and have a commitment to doing things differently. We offer a fresh perspective and customized counsel that sparks innovative thinking, delivers adaptive solutions, and brings an unparalleled understanding of how to drive tangible change.

Parkes Philanthropy has been named a Top Standout Firm for 2022 by GrantsPlus and a 2023 Top Impact Award Winner by Real Leaders Magazine. Past partners include: Right to Play, Impact Hub NYC, Multiplying Good, Kids4Peace, Caring Across Generations, and more. 

The Role

We are seeking a freelance Fundraising Project Lead to lead fundraising engagements with partners. You will be the primary client-facing Consultant on projects and responsible for managing the overall project timeline and ensuring the quality of deliverables.

Your primary focus will be on active fundraising projects, where responsibilities include: 

  • Designing innovative and effective fundraising campaigns
  • Creating engaging collateral (decks, proposals, letters) for donor outreach
  • Conducting donor research, managing outreach, and cultivating relationships for partner organizations
  • Developing and managing a prospect pipeline 
  • Engaging with new and existing donors to diversify and grow revenue
  • Providing advisory support to partners around fundraising best practices and processes 

When you join Parkes Philanthropy as a Consultant, you will be a part of an empowered, enriched, and encouraged team which celebrates individual and team achievements. We operate as a collective, meaning that when you join the team you’ll be connected to projects and opportunities to leverage your expertise as you’re interested and available. 

Our Values

  • Integrity: be consistent and true to our word and commitments
  • Transparency: be honest and open
  • Collaboration: work with a spirit of collective success, enthusiastically learning from one another; support one another internally and externally
  • Connection: strive to connect one another with new individuals, organizations, and ideas to broaden and deepen our overall and individual impact
  • Data-Driven: make decisions and recommendations based on proven best practices and credible data
  • Outcomes oriented: set goals for measurable impact and work towards them
  • Humility: be open minded and receptive to new ideas
  • Innovation: seek out the newest and best practices; seek tirelessly to improve

Who You Are

  • You are accountable. You follow through on commitments, meet deadlines, and manage your work responsibly and thoughtfully. 
  • You are collaborative. You give and receive both affirming and constructive feedback with a spirit of teamwork, striving for personal and collective excellence. 
  • You are people-oriented. You enjoy working with others and have a history of building successful relationships with colleagues and clients. 
  • You are analytical. You identify solutions, and execute strategic plans. 
  • You are adaptive. You learn and grow quickly.
  •  You are open minded. You run towards new ideas and consistently seek out innovative ways of doing things.


  • 5+ years experience in fundraising
  • 2+ year(s) consulting experience or equivalent client-facing experience
  • Experience leading teams and/or managing direct reports to achieve goals
  • Track record of successful, goal-driven non-profit fundraising at the six-figure level
  • Demonstrated ability to form relationships with diverse groups of people, comfortable engaging with corporate and foundation donors
  • Excellent writing skills, including development of compelling communications to engage donors and prospects
  • Self-starter with outstanding organizational skills, including ability to plan, prioritize and manage a varied workload to meet deadlines
  • Comfortable working on remote, asynchronous teams and using collaborative technology

How to Apply

Please complete the application form here and our team will be in touch. 

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