The Chesapeake Climate Action Network seeks a motivated fundraiser dedicated to mobilizing financial supporters to take on the climate crisis. 

Join our Winning Team: Our Major Gifts and Events Officer will deepen and expand CCAN’s base of donors, helping fund our climate campaigns across the region and on Capitol Hill. With tens of thousands of dedicated activists and donors in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, CCAN has inspired countless people to get involved in our campaigns to protect our climate. We are searching for someone with the passion and skills to deepen the financial investment of our current supporters and help us expand to new donors.

About Us 

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. We envision an equitable energy future where fossil fuels are phased out and truly clean sources of power — efficiency, solar, and wind — sustain every aspect of our lives. 

We are committed to taking on big fights and pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible,” using every tool inside and outside the box – from organizing and direct action to lobbying and the law. We apply that same ethic to our fundraising efforts. 

About the Position 

The Major Gifts and Events Officer will have the skills, passion, and commitment to tackle the biggest problems facing our planet in a region that is particularly vulnerable to its impacts. We are looking for someone who knows that details matter, who has an inner drive to hit goals and make a difference, and who is excited to give our supporters the opportunity to give what they can. The ideal candidate has experience building authentic relationships across differences in identity and experiences.

What You Will Do

The primary responsibilities of the position include: 

  • Building and Maintaining Relationships with Major Donors: The Officer’s priority is growing and strengthening CCAN’s Climate Protector Program. This involves building relationships with our major donors, ensuring they are thanked and engaged, and keeping accurate records of their gifts. 
  • Planning and Executing Inspiring Fundraising Events: The Officer will play a lead role in our annual Polar Bear Plunge, EVRaffle, special events such as our upcoming 20th anniversary celebration, and work with CCAN donors to host fundraising events, such as house parties and benefits.
  • Strengthening and Expanding Business Partnerships: The Officer will work with current partners to strengthen relationships and grow our base and conduct outreach to new progressive corporate donors and sponsors.


Qualified candidates will display the following capabilities and qualities: 

  • Some experience fundraising; we offer excellent training, but we are looking for someone comfortable asking people to give money to a cause they support.
  • Proven ability to connect with individuals and build relationships across differences in identity and experience.
  • Track record of achievement and a focus on results. Someone who thinks of solutions more than barriers.
  • Ability to develop detailed processes and systems to produce successful results.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently. 
  • Quick to learn new technology platforms and a high level of proficiency with spreadsheet creation and management (e.g., Excel, Google Sheets, or both)  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet with donors. 
  • Willing to travel throughout Maryland, DC, and Virginia with a valid driver’s license (or willing to obtain one). 
  • Experience with donor database or CRM management (CCAN uses Kindful and Engaging Networks) is a plus.

The Details

This position can be based in our Takoma Park, MD, or our Richmond, VA, office. The position will involve traveling throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to meet with major donors and partners. CCAN staff work two days a week in the office and three days from home. 

Salary is $50,000-$60,000 per year, commensurate with experience, and we will tailor the position to the level of experience of the successful candidate. We provide a generous benefits package, including health care, dental and vision coverage, and four weeks of paid vacation. 

How to Apply: 

Please fill out the Google form application to answer a series of short questions and submit a resume. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and are working to fill the position as soon as possible. 

The interview process will consist of a phone interview, a panel interview over Zoom or in person, and a skills test. 

CCAN is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We value bringing diverse backgrounds and perspectives to staff to make us smarter and more effective at what we do. Ultimately, we want our staff and supporters to reflect the communities we organize. We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for this position.

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