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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 and corporate sponsors but is working to diversify its funding by increasing its private foundation, major donor, and university support. To achieve this LB is seeking two Fundraising Fellows. The Fellows will work directly with the Director of Development to research and cultivate supporters, manage the organization’s donor database, track and evaluate fundraising efforts, and organize campaigns/events. This is an excellent opportunity for highly organized and motivated individuals to develop skills in nonprofit development work and ultimately learn about education equity.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Conducting outreach to donors (e.g., via phone, email, text, social media)

  • Conducting prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors    

  • Maintaining donor and grant databases (e.g., CRM) and files, including calendaring deadlines, logging donations, generating and sending donor acknowledgments, logging donor appreciation efforts    

  • Supporting the creation and dissemination of LB’s annual appeal  

  • Assisting staff with grant application writing and tracking    

  • Supporting staff with logistics for special events, including assisting with the creation of invitation list, all logistics, soliciting sponsors, communicating with venue and vendors  

  • Tracking and evaluating all development efforts 

Baseline Requirements

  • Current Graduate Student (pursing a master's or doctoral degree in Boston).

  • 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

  • Be skilled at a variety of computer skills, e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are mandatory; knowledge of CRMs (e.g., Salesforce) and Canva a plus. 

  • Be able to operate standard office equipment (fax, photocopier, etc.)  

  • Be able to juggle multiple tasks  

  • 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.

Time commitment

15-20 hours per week


What We Offer

  • Stipend: $7,500 stipend/year

  • 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. For lunch, enjoy local restaurants, parks, or take a scroll down the Charles River Esplanade. 

Apply below or e‐mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Director of Development 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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