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Fundraising Intern

Department: Development
Location: Remote

About KIND:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every childís rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KINDís social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children Ė who have often endured trauma Ė receive counseling, educational support, medical care, and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen the protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Description:

KINDís Development team seeks a fundraising intern who is interested in nonprofit development and wants to gain experience in fundraising, philanthropy, and operations of an international human services organization. The fundraising intern will be exposed to a wide range of tasks that complement ongoing projects including, research opportunities, database hygiene and maintenance, donor moves management, and building development department processes.

The fundraising intern will have the opportunity to join team meetings and calls with other departments to learn about all of the programs at KIND.

KIND internships are unpaid. Candidates may arrange for academic credit or receive a grant/stipend in exchange for the internship thatís in compliance with their stateís minimum wage laws. All candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in which this internship is tied to their academic studies. 

The internship can be remote or partially in-person. Candidates must be able to commit a minimum of 2 days or 15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks, but the hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.

Essential Functions:

  • Research and prepare thorough briefings on prospective funders to help guide decision-making and stewardship.

  • Assist with the launch to Salesforce (fundraising software) and learn to utilize the database in support of fundraising goals.

  • Help identify new funding opportunities for the major gifts program and institutional development team.

  • Support the planning and management of fundraising and cultivation events. Create development materials to be used in donor meetings.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student

  • Strong written and research skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently.

  • Commitment to data accuracy and strong attention to detail.

  • Passionate about issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

Application Instructions:

Please be advised that a resume, cover letter and writing sample will need to be submitted along with your application in order to be considered for the desired role. Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND has an organization wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply





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