Voice of Witness (VOW) is an award-winning, San Francisco-based nonprofit that advances human rights and dignity. We believe empathy inspires critical inquiry, leading to meaningful action. Through our oral history book series and education program, we amplify the voices of people impacted by injustice, teach our ethics-driven oral history methodology, and partner with human rights advocates to:

  • build agency within marginalized communities,
  • foster thoughtful, empathy-based critical inquiry and understanding of the crises they face, and
  • inform efforts to protect and advance human rights.

For over ten years, VOW has illuminated human rights issues in the U.S. and globally. Our acclaimed oral history book series has amplified hundreds of seldom-heard voices, including those of wrongfully convicted Americans, undocumented immigrants, and people in Burma, Zimbabwe, and Colombia. Our education program serves over 20,000 people annually, and our oral history pedagogy has been used to train educators, advocates, writers, journalists, attorneys, and medical doctors. As we approach our 10-year anniversary as a nonprofit, we are excited to be launching a new strategic vision plan that honors our achievements while placing deeper emphasis on advocacy and education-based collaboration with communities impacted by the issues portrayed in our book series.

Voice of Witness was cofounded by author Dave Eggers, writer & educator Mimi Lok, and physician Lola Vollen.

Please see below for available positions and qualifications. 


  • Part time: 0.65 (26 hours/week); salaried or contract
  • Salary range: $80,000-$92,000 pro rated, DOE
  • Location: San Francisco

If you’re a dynamic, innovative development professional looking to make a positive difference, we’d love your help growing our individual giving program during this exciting time for our organization. We’re looking for a motivated self-starter with a proven track record and current practice in supporting major gifts solicitation and donor stewardship in the $5,000-$100,000 range. You have a demonstrated ability to engage mid-level and major donors, the creativity to generate new ideas, and the strategic depth to maintain and grow a dynamic bi-annual fund program. You’ll be leading our individual growth strategy, supporting the planning and execution of a comprehensive bi-annual fundraising program, and leading donor stewardship and cultivation activities. You will be reporting directly to our executive director, and working collaboratively with our communications manager, education director, and development committee members on development and communications strategies. You should have excellent communication and analytic skills and a track record of fostering relationships and increasing funds. If you believe strongly in our mission, have a passion for storytelling and social change, and would like to help us grow as an organization, please consider joining our small yet mighty team.


  • Secure $250,000 in annual contributions through individual gifts (broad base, mid-level, and major donors)
  • Assess individual donor base and refine and implement 1-3 year growth plan that includes donor engagement, retention, acquisition, and lapsed strategies.
    • Analyze giving trends and use data to make informed decisions about current and future strategy to continuously strengthen relationships and increase revenue.
    • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective mid-level to major individual funders.
    • Manage a portfolio of up to 100 individual funders
    • Maintain accurate donor contact notes and correspondence.
  • Support the planning and execution of all aspects of bi-annual campaigns (online and direct mail) through a major donor development lens to meet ambitious organization growth.
  • Plan and lead donor engagement and fundraising events, including annual funder luncheon, that are a primary cultivation tool, and new donor strategy. Devise creative strategies for additional stewardship and cultivation activities as the portfolio grows.
  • Engage in mentoring and professional development opportunities.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 5 years’ individual giving/major donor experience; must have excellent understanding of donor cultivation cycle. Successful track record of leading successful fundraising campaigns and major gifts essential; individual solicitation; and donor stewardship and cultivation. Must have excellent analytic skills and understanding of giving trends. Familiarity with planned giving preferred.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills; able to manage and deliver on multiple assignments under tight deadlines
  • Highly organized, ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and flexibility to adapt to the work environment
  • Exemplary project management skills; excellent time-management, detail-oriented, requires minimal direction.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Discretion handling confidential donor and financial information
  • Prior experience working within social justice/human rights, education, and/or literary organizations preferred.
  • Polite yet persistent, resourceful, and a sense of humor. Comfortable working in a creative, collaborative, and collegial environment.
  • Preferred skills: tech-competent, with proficiency in Neon CRM software, WordPress, email marketing software, and social media fundraising tools.


Qualified applicants may apply by emailing:

  • a one-page cover letter,
  • a brief resume (max 2 pages), and
  • 3-5 fundraising writing samples with a focus on individual giving (e.g. major gift proposal or other direct solicitation material, major gifts strategy, individual donor plan, etc.) to

Please write “MAJOR GIFTS POSITION – (YOUR LAST NAME)” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls or follow up emails. Only candidates whose qualifications best meet the needs of the job will be contacted.