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Donor Prospect Researcher

Washington, DC
Closing date
Dec 3, 2023

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Analyst, Research
Full Time

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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.

As the Prospect Research Analyst supporting the Major Gifts Team at the AARP Foundation's Development Group, you will be critical for helping to drive prospecting research and quality leads. In addition, you will work to improve the impact of fundraising and engagement as well as looking for new and integrated ways to build donor pipelines that better connect our Major and Planned Giving audiences. Assist in implementation and coordination of an organization-wide comprehensive donor relations and engagement strategies that appropriately and consistently promote interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels for increased philanthropic support. Perform work associated with fundraising campaigns for the organization.


  • Provides support in the process of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and/or stewardship of the donors and prospective donors assigned within their respective donor/prospect pool or fundraising channel.
  • Performs functions and processes that support the fundraising process (e.g., identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, systems/processing, stewardship) within their respective donor/prospect pool or function.
  • Utilizes appropriate resources and processes to help ensure personal and departmental success in meeting departmental and personal objectives and goals.
  • Performs processes and functions that support fundraising goals and expectations as needed.
  • Performs duties in compliance with 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 or equivalent work-related experience
  • 3 + years of experience in research; ideally in donor and prospect research
  • Experience working with quantitative/qualitative data
  • Familiarity with wealth and age screening systems
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment
  • Knowledge of CRM systems; experience in Salesforce NPSP a plus
  • Experience utilizing donor prospecting research tools, donor modeling and a sense of curiosity
  • Solid understanding of major gifts fundraising practices and best practices in prospect research preferred
  • May require up to 5% travel

AARP will not sponsor an employment visa for this position at this time.

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.

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.


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million. Our aim is to disrupt preconceived notions about aging, turn goals and dreams into Real Possibilities, strengthen communities and fight for the issues that matter most to people 50-plus and their families; such as health care, employment security and retirement planning.

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