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About Leadership Brainery

Leadership Brainery is a 501(c)(3) organization addressing inequitable access to master’s and doctoral degrees and workforce leadership opportunities for underrepresented talent, including people of color, individuals from a lower socioeconomic status, and LGBTQ+ individuals. We work with prospective and current graduate students, academic institutions, employers, and committed community members to create systemic change. 

Fundraising Fellow

Job Description


LB is funded primarily by individual donors, which make up over 70% of our fundraising. In order to ensure that our donors are engaged, appreciated, and activated throughout our fundraising cycle, LB is seeking a Fundraising Fellow. The Fellow will work directly with the Development Manager to cultivate supporters through phone banking and acknowledgments. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly organized and motivated individual to develop skills in nonprofit development work and ultimately learn about education equity.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Acknowledgment Material Creation:

  • Prepare and draft thoughtful and personalized acknowledgment materials, including thank-you cards and letters, for donors who have made recent contributions. Ensure timely delivery of these materials to express genuine appreciation for their generosity and continued support.


Phone Banking and Donor Relations:

  • Conduct proactive and personalized phone banking campaigns to connect with current donors of varying contribution levels. Engage in warm and friendly conversations to express gratitude, update them on Leadership Brainery’s activities, and reinforce their vital role in supporting our mission.

Baseline Requirements

  • Current Undergraduate or Graduate Student (pursuing a degree in the Boston area).

  • Be responsible, flexible, hard‐working, ethical, and committed to the mission of LB  

  • Possess a high level of organizational skills and be detail-oriented  

  • Possess solid oral and written communication skills

  • Solid time management

  • Possess an interest in a nonprofit career ‐ particularly development and fundraising  

  • Be a creative and optimistic thinker 

  • Possess a passion for social justice

Preferred Qualities

  • Initiative: a proactive problem solver who delivers results without need for constant supervision. Someone who thinks ahead and for themselves.

  • Detail-oriented: delivers high-quality work with keen attention to detail.

  • Creative: we value fresh thinking, innovative perspectives, and provocative ideas, and are seeking to build a team of people who all bring a diverse point-of-view to the table.

  • Flexibility: flexible approach and willing to go the extra mile to deliver great work.

  • Integrity: maintains confidentiality and treats colleagues and stakeholders with respect and consideration.

  • Team Player: we are a small and growing team. No job is too big or too small for any member of our team.

Fellowship Duration: 

August 28th-December 22nd, 2023

Time commitment

6-8 hours per week 

(M-F Between the hours of 9am-5pm)


What We Offer

  • Stipend: $1,500 stipend/4 mo.

  • There is an opportunity for school credit if allowed by the college/university of the applicant.  The position offers an excellent opportunity to work on substantive projects and can result in a great reference.   

  • A start-up environment with amazingly talented and fun teammates and a leadership team invested in your professional growth and success.

  • A beautiful and inspiring workplace located on Beacon Street in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. 

Apply below or e‐mail cover letter, and resume to Development Manager at, with “Application for Fundraising Fellow” in the subject line.

Leadership Brainery is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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