Children of South Africa (CHOSA) is a US-registered non-profit organization formed in 2004 to support grassroots community-driven children s projects in South Africa, primarily in Cape Town s impoverished townships. CHOSA strongly supports self-organization within communities and therefore provides unrestricted funding to the projects it supports. This approach is made possible through our grassroots funding strategies and our reliance on a growing network of small donors, most of whom have a strong personal connection to CHOSA. Many of our most supportive donors have spent time working with the children in our volunteer After-School program, and many others have been drawn to CHOSA by someone close to them who has done so. CHOSA is seeking a new part-time Fundraising Coordinator in the US to carry forward our exciting grassroots fundraising work.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with and great enthusiasm for fundraising, preferably in a grassroots model
  • Experience in event planning (preferred)
  • Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work independently, and with some flexibility
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Strong writing and conversational skills
  • Basic desktop publishing skills
  • Experience with WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms
  • Experience with eTapestry (or another donor database system)
  • A passion for community-driven organization
  • An understanding of the importance of community childcare
  • A contextual understanding of South Africa s history and specific challenges, and
  • A sensitivity to the challenges of race, class, gender and nation as they impact on transnational work between the US and South Africa.
  • Ability to read donors and craft CHOSA s message to best engage them
  • Ability to build and maintain a strong network among both the young people (college age and recent graduates) and our long-time supporters (of all ages) who are the heart of the CHOSA family

Job Description for Fundraising Coordinator (Part-time)

Position to begin: Immediately or beginning of July 2011
Time commitment: Part-time position (approximately 20 hours/week)
Salary: US$2,000/month, plus compensation for CHOSA related costs (phone, internet, office costs
and possible travel costs.)
Residence: Candidate should live in any large US city.



  • Help facilitate fundraising events in collaboration with returning study abroad students from the CHOSA/CIEE volunteer program.
  • Donor cultivation (increasing the donation of secure regular donors and recruit new interest sectors to support CHOSA) through regular communication and facilitation of face-to-face meetings wherever possible with CHOSA s board members
  • Send out quarterly and annual fundraising appeals
  • Coordinate fundraising events in major cities where CHOSA s alumni and other donors are concentrated (New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles)
  • Expand CHOSA s online presence and seek new online fundraising opportunities including family foundations, donor directed funds, matching grant opportunities and more.
  • Work with staff and Board of Directors to create a comprehensive fundraising strategy


  • Manage, use and update eTapestry donor database
  • Manage CHOSA s website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks
  • Publish regular e-Newsletters and one annual newsletter by mail


  • Attend CHOSA Board Meetings and present a clear and concise financial report
  • Maintain regular contact with staff and Board of Directors including monthly reports on activities, plans and major upcoming events.
  • Communicate regularly with representatives on the ground in South Africa
  • Build and maintain relationships with CHOSA s growing community of volunteer alumni

** To submit your application for this position with CHOSA, please email your CV and a cover letter to:
[email protected]

Please attach answers the following questions:

  • Please tell us about a time that you have had to motivate a group (your peers, students or anyone else) to accomplish a task. How did you create enthusiasm? What oversight did you provide throughout the project? What were some obstacles that you had to overcome?
  • What is your idea of community development and social change? What is the role of NGOs in the development process? How will you integrate this into your fundraising activities?
  • What would you personally do to live up to this philosophy of development?

If you have any questions, contact [email protected]