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Want to be part of Madison Reading Project?


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Madison Reading Project is a small, but expanding, non-profit which serves the city of Madison and surrounding Dane County. Our mission is to connect our community with free books and high-quality literacy resources that ignite a love for reading and affirm and reflect the diversity of young readers. 


Our organization works to reach every young person in Madison, especially those who have less access to high-quality, diverse books, and we do so through various programs, individual donations, and one-on-one engagement with the Madison community.

Here's what we're looking for.

Donor Engagement Coordinator

We are looking for an organized, detail-oriented communicator to join our team as a Donor Engagement Coordinator. This exciting opportunity will allow an energetic individual to play an essential role at Madison Reading Project by connecting and communicating with donors who support our mission. The schedule for this position is 20 hours a week, non-exempt. 


What you will love about working us:

  • A supportive team of book lovers and literacy champions

  • Flexible schedule and ability to take time off for personal, family or vacation 

  • Ability to work on a variety of different projects and have input on the growth and direction of the organization

  • Working directly with our community and connecting with Madison/Dane County supporters to get the best possible books into the hands of kids 

  • A work culture that prioritizes celebration, collaboration and fun

  • A workplace that values your mental and physical health and well-being 


What your responsibilities will be:

  • Develop and manage the individual giving program, including coordinating direct mail, e-appeal and online donations campaign

  • Manage donor database to cultivate and maintain relationships with current and prospective donors

  • Set up engagement meetings in person, virtually, or for other team members to build on relationships

  • Work closely with the program team to align strategic goals and fundraising efforts

  • Assist in creating social media and website content as it relates to fundraising and development 

  • Assist with the development of annual budgets and projections to meet goals for donor retention 

  • Prepare and send end-of-year giving reports 

  • Manage annual end-of-year giving campaign 

  • Assist in the preparation and distribution of annual report 

  • Attend annual MRP fundraising events


What we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, desired.

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in fundraising or project organization.

  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and thriving in a deadline-driven environment

  • Must pass background check and driver's license verification.

  • Strong commitment to the mission of the Madison Reading Project.

  • Knowledge of and commitment to understanding the diverse need of our community.

  • Comfort working with children and families in community spaces.  

  • Ability to foster positive relationships with current and prospective supporters

  • Strong customer service orientation that centers donors as a critical part of mission-driven work

  • Ability to work well with a team to promote organization initiatives.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage several milestones and projects efficiently.

  • Professional written and interpersonal skills 

  • Ability to generate interest in the organization and to reach out to appropriate business partners.

  • Experience working with a diverse team and promoting brand image.

  • Flexible schedule (availability on some nights and weekends).

  • Experience using or ability to quickly learn donor database software and online fundraising tools.

  • Strong computer skills including experience using Google Suites.


Physical Requirements:

Work is performed in a combination of environments ranging from a standard office environment to community sites. This will require walking, bending, climbing stairs and getting in and out of the MRP van etc. Must be able to drive a vehicle safely in the community. Must be able to safely use computer equipment for extended periods of time. Requires sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate computer keyboard or other office equipment. Requires visual acuity to read and write words and numbers. Requires speaking and hearing ability sufficient to communicate in person, publicly or over the phone.  Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds unassisted on an occasional basis but at those times the lifting could be repetitive. Must be able to stand, walk, bend, reach, stoop, crouch, crawl, sit, twist, turn. The noise level varies from quiet to loud.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to the Executive Director, Rowan Childs, 


For best consideration, apply by March 15th. We will receive applications until the position is filled. Pay range for this position is $22-25 per hour. 

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