Fundraising Associate

Position Summary

The Fundraising Associate will collaborate with the CTUL Development team in fundraising. The main responsibilities for this position will be fundraising from ally organizations (churches, unions, public benefit corporations, etc.) and preparing reports for foundations and other major funders. This position reports to the Fundraising Lead, and will work closely with the Donor Organizer and Movement Grants Administrator. The ideal candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills, some experience in nonprofit communications, fundraising, and/or organizing, and a desire to develop deeper skills in both individual and institutional fundraising.


This position will be fully remote for the time being due to COVID, with the potential to be partially but not fully remote after the pandemic. 


Organization Summary

Over the past thirteen years, CTUL has forged a new path for worker leadership development in the Twin Cities, opening new spaces where low-wage workers of color have a voice in their workplaces and in their communities. CTUL seeks to strengthen its work building a multi-racial organization. CTUL has a vision of organizing the most marginalized workers in our economy to directly confront the elite corporations and 1% that control our economy, make demands, and win concrete and structural changes for communities across the metro area. Through worker-led campaigns with CTUL, workers have:

  • Worked in coalition to win increased wages and benefits for hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers through the $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis, and Earned Sick & Safe Time in Minneapolis and St. Paul;
  • Transformed the retail janitorial industry, making the Twin Cities the first metro area where the industry is unionized;
  • Recovered over $2 million in unpaid wages and damages in cases of wage theft; and
  • Won long-term changes in their workplace that bring over $7 million in additional income per year into the poorest communities in the metro area.


Position Description (Essential duties & responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following)

    • Fundraising with Ally Organizations
      • Lead work for securing organizational sponsors of CTUL’s Annual Gala, including maintaining an up-to-date sponsor list, creating and sending out sponsor letters, follow up with potential sponsors, coordinate Co-Director communication with potential sponsors, and recognizing sponsors for their support.
      • Research opportunities for donations from churches and public benefit corporations.
      • Apply for funding from potential organizational allies.
      • Maintain relationships with organizational donors, engaging them in CTUL’s work by sending updates and exploring opportunities for deeper partnerships.
      • Bottom line events, tabling and other outreach and relationship building activities
      • Create materials for events, tabling, etc.
  • Reporting
    • Draft grant reports and reports for large organizational donors.
    • Maintain grants reporting calendar.
    • Work with organizing staff to collect information for reports.
    • Collaborate with development team to consolidate information for reports.
    • Bottom line the creation of CTUL’s annual report.
    • Collaborate with supervisor on communications with funders between reports.

  • Other
    • Collaborate with the Story Team to build CTUL’s public narratives.
    • Experiment with new fundraising ideas.
    • Support Donor Organizer with annual Pancake Fundraiser and Gala events.
    • Support grant-writing during peak moments.


Knowledge and Experience

  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills
  • Comfortable using online databases and G-suite or similar programs (Word, Outlook)
  • Familiarity with grant writing and reporting
  • Strong skills in relationship-building and moving others to take action
  • Experience with movement and/or nonprofit communications
  • Self-motivated and flexible; prepared to help build out and define structures for managing a growing area of work


Desired Qualifications

  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus but not required
  • Familiarity with progressive organizations in the Twin CIties metro area


Other Expectations

  • Commitment to social, racial, and economic justice work as an integral part of a multi-racial team.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills with an ability to use diplomacy and negotiation.
  • Commit to a culture of vulnerability and loving challenge for both personal growth and the growth of the organization.
  • Capable of working both independently and cooperatively.
  • Flexibility to attend events outside normal business hours that from time to time may include evenings and weekends as well as extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.


Salary & Benefits

CTUL has a tiered salary range set by the Staff and Board based on the principles of economic justice and inclusion.  This is a salaried position currently compensated between $44,500 to $49,500 per year (depending on experience). with an annual cost of living raise of 3%.  This full-time salaried position will work on average 40 hours per week. Benefits include: 3 weeks paid vacation, 12 paid sick days, 5 floating health days, medical and dental insurance for you and your immediate family at 10% cost, annual end of year payment of 5% of yearly salary towards retirement fund, and others. 


Reports to: Fundraising Lead


How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references, along with a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to communicate persuasively about something you care about. The writing sample can be related to fundraising and communications in your previous work, like a sample of a grant report, or website content you’ve created, or other fundraising materials, or it can be something from your personal life, like a blog post, or a paper you wrote for a class, etc. Send all materials to using the subject line: “Fundraising Associate”. 


Applications will begin to be reviewed on Thursday, April 15th. Position Open until Filled.


Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and people from other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply