Fundraising Manager

Denver, Colorado
Jun 25, 2023
Jul 18, 2023
Full Time

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable people over 50 build economic opportunity. Our approach emphasizes equitable outcomes for populations that have faced systemic discrimination. We serve all people 50 plus and their families. Through vigorous legal advocacy and evidence-based solutions, and by building supportive community connections, we foster resilience, advance equity and restore hope.

Wish Of A Lifetime from AARP is a 501 c3 charitable affiliate. It's mission is to shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling older adults' dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages. We envision a world in which society embraces aging and the inherent wisdom that accompanies it, where older adults are celebrated for their accomplishments and sacrifices, and where intergenerational connections are part of our daily lives . We are a public charity with revenue from corporations, foundations, and individuals. This position is based in Denver, Co.

As the Wish of a Lifetime (WOL) from AARP Sponsorship Development Fundraising Manager in Denver, Colorado, you will engage in work associated with fundraising campaigns for the entire Wish Of A Lifetime organization throughout the US. You will develop and implement strategies for effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate/foundation donors as well as prospective corporate/foundation donors with the goal of securing $1,500,000 in new Sponsorships and Cause-Marketing efforts to support mission of WOL. Collaborate with management to identify opportunities to streamline fundraising processes and to develop new procedures that support WOL and the management of fundraising activities that align with the organization's goals and objectives. Lead work associated with fundraising campaigns to meet Wish Of A Lifetime's mission. You will be joining a passionate team committed to fulfilling seniors' dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages.


  • Manages the identification, cultivation, solicitation and/or stewardship of the donors and prospective donors assigned within their respective donor/prospect pool or fundraising channel.
  • Participates in the effort to establish an effective case for support (value proposition) and provides feedback on how it resonates with their respective assigned prospective donor pool.
  • Manages aspects of the fundraising process (e.g., identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, systems/processing, stewardship) within their respective donor/prospect pool or function.
  • Manages appropriate resources and processes to help ensure personal and departmental success in meeting organizational and personal objectives and goals.
  • Achieves fundraising goals and expectations as defined.
  • Performs duties in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and board policies (e.g., gift acceptance) pertaining to gifts, contributions, grants and other charitable support raised.
  • Adheres to ethical standards established by Association of Fundraising Professionals and National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.


  • Bachelor's degree is required or equivalent experience in lieu of degree
  • 3+ years of fundraising or corporate relations experience
  • Demonstrated success in closing deals
  • Advanced to Proficient knowledge of MS Office Suite and Salesforce is preferred
  • Ability to gather, analyze and summarize information including numerical and financial data
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective and solid relationships with both internal and external constituents as well as work in a matrixed environment
  • Outstanding organizational skills and must have keen attention to detail
  • Ability to plan, organize and facilitate a range of special events
  • Must maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Commitment to the ethical handling and confidentiality of donor information
  • A passion for working with or on behalf of vulnerable populations
  • Must be willing to travel up to 25%

Additional Requirements
  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions
  • In office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance; paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others.

For this position, we anticipate offering a salary between $85,500 to $95,000 per year. This role is also eligible to participate in an annual incentive plan with a percentage up to 12%. Bonus eligibility is dependent upon organizational and individual performance.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.