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Thank you for your interest in working at Project Sunshine! We are currently hiring for the following position. Also, don’t forget to check out our volunteer opportunities to make a difference today.

Development Assistant

Position Description:

The Development Assistant will join a passionate and energetic Project Sunshine team to provide support to the Development Department and assist with all aspects of non-corporate fundraising activities.

Donations Processing and Database Maintenance (40%):

  • Update, add, and maintain donor and prospect constituent records into Salesforce database;
  • Code and track general and in-kind donations, tributes, and all other into Salesforce;
  • Responsible for gift entry process: copying checks, making weekly deposits, and assisting with deposit reconciliation;
  • Upload and transfer all online transactions into Salesforce;
  • Assist with creation of donor lists and other gift queries and reports as needed;
  • File all donation-related paperwork and maintain organized filing systems;
  • Manage the timely acknowledgement of gifts; and
  • Ensure data integrity through accurate data entry and ongoing clean-up efforts.

Donor Communication, Engagement and Research (40%):

  • Prepare accurate research on prospects and assemble materials for cultivation and solicitation visits;
  • Generate clear, action-oriented meeting notes for the department and for Development Committee;
  • Assist with the preparation and writing and editing of appeals, acknowledgements, reports, and proposals;
  • Prepare additional donor correspondence as needed;
  • Communicate with donors in person, on the phone, and by email; and
  • Coordinate mailings.

Event and Mailing Support (20%):

  • Attend special events, provide assistance with registration and payments;
  • Assist with planning and logistics coordination of special events;
  • Set up and maintain online event registration system for events;
  • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials;
  • Answer phone and email inquiries regarding donations and event registrations; and
  • Other duties as assigned for fund-raising events.  


  • Bachelor’s degree (may be substituted by experience);
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office including fluency with Word, Excel, and Outlook required;
  • Experience with Salesforce or other fundraising databases required;
  • Expertise with web-based tools and searches preferred;
  • Familiarity with nonprofit business is preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong communication verbal and written;
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively to meet goals;
  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends; and
  • Enthusiasm for Project Sunshine’s mission. 

Interested candidates should send a copy of their resume, cover letter with salary requirements, and a brief writing sample to

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