Development and Fundraising Intern

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Local nonprofit Terranautics is seeking a student INTERN to help with the development process and fundraising intitative for The Terranautics Project. Terranautics is an organization devoted to transforming our conception of human development through education, parenting, and life skills. This is an incredible resume building opportunity where you will learn about organizational development, fundraising, grant-writing, and non-profit work at Terranautics.

Who we are looking for: A driven, creative, intelligent individual who is eager to learn about nonprofit development and fundraising. An ability to collaborate is highly valued, and organization skills and attention to details are a must. In this role you will work directly with the founder and executive director of the organization. With mentoring and supervision, you will pursue traditional and creative fundraising efforts. Creativity, innovation, and individual initiative are highly valued!

You will assist with the creation and implementation of a community-based fundraising campaign. You will be responsible for aiding in the execution of duties and activities surrounding the campaign, including project and grant research, grant-writing, fundraising, event coordination, and donor stewardship. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from the director of The Terranautics Project, Dr. Reynold Feldman, Ph.D. (Yale), who has spent many years in nonprofit and academic work as a highly successful organizer, supervisor, and most importantly, fundraiser. In his years working faculty development in the Minnesota State University System, as a program consultant to three large Midwestern foundations, and fundraising for a medical-relief charity amongst others, he was personally responsible for raising over $3 million. He has successful experience grant writing, coordinating fundraising events, and has experience evaluating grant applications from a variety of institutions, both national and regional.

Who we are: A local ‘start-up’ nonprofit organization looking to grow. Learn more about us at Help us start a global movement (this is not a busy-work position). You can apply your creativity and develop your leadership. You will facilitate building an organization, and help be responsible for making a real difference! Get in on the ground floor of a start-up nonprofit hoping to lead a global movement to change how parenting, education, and human development is conceived.

Logistics/What to expect:
•Part-time unpaid internship (10-15 hours per week).
•Potential to grow into a part-time paid position.
•Flexible schedule okay.
•Training and mentoring provided, along with continued supervision and collaboration.
•Includes regular communication with director, and will work closely and collaborate with the executive director and Terranautics team.
•Some work can be done remotely; meetings will take place at local public places of choice (such a


•Research viable grant opportunities, governmental and nongovernmental, and on prospective donors.
•Collaborate to create and implement a fundraising campaign.
•Contribute to development efforts and help apply for funding opportunities.
•Assist in managing donors and organization donorship structures and systems.
•Administer correspondence with donors, including prospective ones.
•Be prepared to bring new and creative ideas to the table in order to develop the organization.
•Help develop strategies to grow and manage donor lists.
•Be able to solve challenges with effective and creative solutions.


•Interest in organization development and fundraising.
•Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and comfort with internet-based research.
•Strong organizational and written communication skills.
•Ability to verbally communicate with former and future donors in a respectful, enthusiastic, and positive manner.
•Enthusiasm for personal and social development, and a commitment to helping others gain the skills needed to navigate life wisely and well.
•Positive attitude, driven, can work independently while taking charge of the learning experience and acquiring new skills and knowledge.
•The abilities to work autonomously and follow-through are essential.
•Be able to contribute to creating a comprehensive campaign to achieve discrete organization goals under direct supervision.


Required - Microsoft Office, Internet Research
Preferred - Grant Writing, Fundraisers, Donor Management, Donor Development, Donor Acquisition

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