Position title
Corporate Fundraiser

What Design Can Do is growing and looking for a Corporate Fundraiser to build and develop its Corporate Sponsorship Program. Do you have experience in building and developing corporate sponsorship programs? Do you believe in the problem-solving power of design? Do you want to be part of a creative and impactful international team? Then What Design Can Do is looking for you!

What Design Can Do (WDCD) is an international foundation that seeks to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, fair, and just society by using the power of design. They are based in Amsterdam, with hubs in São Paulo, Mexico City, Delhi, Nairobi, and Tokyo. Their mission is to empower the global creative community in making a valuable contribution to solve the major problems of our time. WDCD’s team members contribute to this mission with their own expertise and creative power, and that’s where you come in.


WDCD is embarking on an ambitious campaign to expand its impact on design and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The role of the Corporate Fundraising Manager, which is a new position, is key to this exciting initiative. The right candidate will be able to start – and steer – successful initiatives and enjoys working at a creative organisation.

The Corporate Fundraiser leads WDCD’s work to increase philanthropic engagement with a focus on the business world. This position sets development strategy, designs and implements action plans, and mutually beneficial programmes. The Corporate Fundraiser has the drive to accomplish goals, actively reaches out to corporations and/or their foundations, uses their flair to build lasting relationships that translate into funding agreements, and complies with the donors reporting requirements.

WDCD sees partnership building and corporate fundraising as a team effort. The Corporate Fundraiser will collaborate closely with, and report to, the Director of Global Development who is primarily responsible for increasing our institutional fundraising, and with the CEO and other key members of the What Design Can Do team. You will be part of the Development Team and responsible for the corporate development and fundraising activities that support the execution of WDCD’s impact-driven programmes.

As Corporate Fundraiser you are a key player in expanding WDCD’s development ambition. As such, you will:

  • Identify design-affiliated corporate leads and generate prospects that result into mutually beneficial multi-year corporate partnerships;
  • Manage existing partnerships;
  • Build a pipeline of medium- and long-term mission-driven, strategic corporate partnerships;
  • Achieve year-on growth of corporate partnerships against established targets;
  • Develop compelling pitches and partnership propositions;
  • Prepare -and participate in- events and meetings to attract and build partnerships;
  • Collaborate with the WDCD team as needed to develop and manage compelling corporate partnership proposals;
  • Travel regularly to engage with partners and/or visit events in various parts of the world.
  • You can demonstrate a successful track record in securing corporate partnerships and sponsorships of 100k+, both in The Netherlands and internationally;
  • You can develop compelling proposals/pitches incl. budgets;
  • You understand how to build and manage a pipeline of relationships and previously worked with CRM systems;
  • You have thoroughly familiarized yourself with sustainable development, CSR, ESG and/or climate action;
  • You have an interest in, or experience with the sector of designers and creatives; and/or with sustainability and/or climate action;
  • You are an impact driven self-starter with a multicultural mindset that is motivated by results, eager to force success, and enjoys acquisition, business development, and entrepreneurship;
  • You are a social and flexible team-player that is at the office frequently to work, but also to engage in social events;
  • You are eligible to live and work in the EU.
Job Benefits

WDCD offers a full-time position with career opportunities in a creative organization with an international scope and inspiring network. You’ll be joining a team of 12 Amsterdam-based creative professionals, with an informal, multi-cultural, and team-oriented working atmosphere. WDCD strongly encourages individual input and development, and an entrepreneurial spirit. The salary range is between €4500,- and €5500,- based on a full-time position. Additionally, contribution to a pension fund is offered and WDCD wishes to contribute to the development of the team by regularly organizing interesting and valuable workshops.

Apply for the job

HVFC is responsible for recruitment. Interested and qualified candidates are invited to send a motivation letter and resume (including salary expectations and three references) in English via this platform before 22 July 2022, midnight (Central European time).

We encourage applicants to respond as soon as possible as all applications will be processed and evaluated on a rolling basis and the position may be filled sooner than the closing date.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Employment Type
Job Location
Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
Base Salary
€4500-€5500 Per month
Date posted
30 Jun 2022
Valid through
22 Jul 2022
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