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Guns Down America - Development Director

Location: Guns Down America is headquartered in Washington, DC. This position is available to remote candidates who have strong and reliable internet access and reasonable access to a major airport.

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About the Role

Work to identify, cultivate, and maintain donor relationships at all levels

Grow our corporate and foundation giving program

Work with the Executive Director and Chief of Staff to ensure that the giving operations run effectively and grow appropriately

Manage call time and donor meetings schedule with the Executive Director and Chief of Staff

Track all incoming and outstanding donations and be able to adeptly report on income levels and projections on an ongoing basis

Create yearly/multi-year development plans for both the team and the Board of Directors

Create and edit fundraising materials such as program summaries, budgets, and leave behind materials for donor meetings

Manage relationships with all relevant consultants and vendors

Grow the development team over time


  • 5-7+ years of proven advocacy/progressive non-profit 501c3 fundraising and development experience focusing on grants, foundation relationships, with secondary experience in the political/campaign field.

  • Experience working with major donors, grants, corporate giving and online fundraising

  • A demonstrated record of successfully executing plans and reaching fundraising goals

  • Working proficiency with CRMs such as EveryAction, NGP, ActBlue

  • Ability and willingness to sometimes work irregular hours

  • Willingness to travel as needed

About the Company

Formed in 2016, Guns Down America is actively building a future with fewer guns by financially draining the gun industry and its lobby and building political support for policies that will keep us all safe from gun violence.

Guns Down America believes that for far too long gun manufacturers and the gun lobby have perverted the right of gun ownership into an entitlement devoid of responsibility, creating a society where guns are easier to buy than alcohol and, consequently, putting us all at risk.

With the federal government unable and unwilling to enact tougher gun laws, GDA is activating influential voices outside of the legislative arena to help jumpstart the cultural and political change necessary to raise the standard of gun ownership in the United States.

Borrowing a page from the successful marriage equality movement, GDA is driving campaigns that convince corporations and popular American brands to lean into gun reform in order to change our national conversation about firearms. Corporate voices are able to reach the moderate and conservative audiences we need to achieve significant reform, are instrumental in changing the way society views firearms and firearm ownership, and can play a pivotal role in creating the political cover necessary for lawmakers to vote for real change.

Following this theory, Guns Down America has led large coalitions to execute successful campaigns that have forced FedEx to stop providing discounts to NRA members, drove two large insurers (Chubb and Lockton Affinity) to break their business relationship with the NRA’s Carry Guard insurance and helped push the NRA toward bankruptcy, pushed the nation’s largest banks to publicly back away from doing business with the gun industry, and convinced Walmart to significantly reduce their gun sales and begin actively lobbying for gun reform.

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