About Scratch

Scratch is a creative programming language and the world’s largest online coding community for children and teens. Children around the world use Scratch and ScratchJr to create their own interactive games, stories, and animations -- and share their creations with one another. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Last year, more than 30+ million children and teens around the world created projects with Scratch.

As an organization, we’re focused on centering our work on supporting creative learning for youth from communities impacted by systemic inequities, investing in our online community, developing our team, scaling our infrastructure, and improving data privacy, interoperability, and in-school experience. We’re looking for a diverse pool of applicants to join our team of 70 educators, designers, and engineers, and help us steward our community through this work.

To learn more about Scratch, please visit: https://www.scratchfoundation.org/ and https://scratch.mit.edu/

Position Overview:

The Philanthropy Associate, Annual Fund will join a high-performing Philanthropy team to help raise funds and support the work, mission and vision for the Scratch Foundation. Reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer, and working with the Senior Philanthropy Officer and Philanthropy team, the primary role of this position  is to manage the Scratch Foundation’s annual fund, renewing and upgrading donor support, and strengthening relationships with current donors below the major donor level. They are accountable for meeting annual donation goals for donors who contribute less than $5,000 annually. The Associate develops and implements strategy for direct mail and electronic fundraising, donor communications and cultivation efforts, including events and donor stewardship. In addition, the Philanthropy Associate provides prospect research, gift processing, communications and project/event management support for other members of the philanthropy team. The candidate should possess the ability to manage projects independently, set and manage multiple priorities, and take initiative as well as work as part of a highly collaborative team. 



  • Manage the Annual Fund, including planning and executing programs to solicit and steward annual fund donors and increase giving

  • Lead individual giving efforts for low-mid level donors (up to $5,000) by creating strategy, initiating touch points and strengthening communication

  • Manage year-round calendar of online giving and year-end giving appeals

  • Execute initiatives to encourage new donors to join and existing donors to renew or upgrade their support 

  • Coordinate with the Marketing and Communications team, vendors and consultants who support the Scratch Foundation’s fundraising efforts, including strategic input, copywriting, design, production and mailing, and list selection

  • Work with other members of the philanthropy team to determine solicitation strategies for increased giving opportunities; coordinate strategic donor stewardship and recognition opportunities and facilitates the transfer of these donors between programs

  • Write copy of individual gift acknowledgment letters for use by philanthropy staff

  • Provide administrative support including calendar management, preparing presentations, and attending meetings

  • Conduct research and prepare briefs on prospective donors

  • Assist in preparation of proposals, reports, correspondence, gift acknowledgements, donor/prospect meeting briefings, and event briefings

  • Project manage online and in-person events to steward existing donors and cultivate new donors

  • Perform other duties needed by the team as needed


  • Commitment to Scratch mission, vision, and values

  • 2-4 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising

  • Proven track record of engaging and motivating donors 

  • Outstanding analytical, creative and strategic thinking skills  

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail  

  • Excellent user of office technology and information systems (including Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint) and donor databases  

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, collaborate, build consensus  

  • Self-directed with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Able to lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects weighing up to 25 pounds 

Additional information

The compensation range for this position begins at $71,000.

Candidates located near Boston or New York are preferred. Candidates outside this area will be considered, but must be able to travel to Boston 4-6 times per year for meetings and other team / org events.

The Scratch Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Scratch welcomes people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. We especially encourage historically marginalized identities to apply.

This position has been filled.