St. Louis Area Foodbank
  • 16-Sep-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Volunteer Services
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 338.00-338.00 per week Pay is a living allowance stipend.
  • Other
  • Full Time

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The Mission of the St. Louis Area Foodbank is to build a stronger bi-state region by nourishing people, empowering communities, and transforming systems. As the region's largest food distribution charity dedicated to feeding those in need, we are working to create a nutritionally secure Missouri and Illinois. The VISTA Philanthropy Specialist works under the direction of the Philanthropy Operations Manager to support the daily activities of Philanthropy Operations including data entry, donation processes and data analysis. The service year is meant to be a rewarding experience where the individual gains transferable skillsets essential to every nonprofit.

Title: AmeriCorps VISTA Philanthropy Specialist

Sponsoring Organization: St. Louis Area Foodbank

Project Name: St. Louis Area Foodbank

Project Period: 1 year from date of placement

Position Supervisor & Title: Sharea Rodgers, Philanthropy Database Manager


Main responsibilities include:

  1. Work with Philanthropy Database Manager to track, manage and utilize all donor data fueling the Foodbank Programs to increase food security through our 26-county bistate-territory.
  2. Share observations and learning experiences to better the operations of the Philanthropy objectives.
  1. Support Philanthropy operations staff to provide appropriate back-up to ensure all gifts, pledges, and soft credits are correctly entered into RENXT
  2. Support Philanthropy operations staff to generate, review, and send acknowledgment letters for donors within 7 days of gift received.
  3. Prepare Raiser's Edge lists, queries, and reports as needed
  4. Support actions and strategy of Philanthropy Operation various projects (ie. RENXT VolunteerHub, Matching Gifts research, Rock Out Hunger prepping, and other projects as assigned
  5. Collaborate with Corporate Philanthropy and Events Advisor to capture participants in Rock Out Hunger
  6. Identify event processes and train Fundraisers Advisors on various projects for donor engagement.
  7. Must commit to being on-site daily including busy season (i.e., during November - January) to ensure support to Philanthropy operations staff for effective and efficient gift processing and reporting

The above list is not exhaustive as there will be times you will participate in additional projects as identified as priorities throughout the term of service. These projects will be under the direction of the Philanthropy Operations Manager.


Goal of the Project:

The Philanthropy Specialist is a St. Louis Area Foodbank VISTA position serving the St. Louis area Foodbank Programs to increase food security through our 26-county bistate-territory. The member will create, document, and implement plans for donor engagement, tracking, and recognition to increase the overall donor experience. The primary objectives of this position are to increase capacity in data capture and analysis for fundraising efforts to support the mission to increase food security and help alleviate poverty in the Foodbank service area. Each project or strategy will be well documented and evaluated to ensure the stainability beyond the year of service.


Objective of the Assignment: Partner with Philanthropy operations staff to create a plan and execute the plan of Duplicate Profile project to decrease duplicate donor profiles in RENXT.


Member Activities:

  1. Partner with Philanthropy operations staff to learn current process and analyze alt alternative and new ways to utilize RENXT to discover, merge and clean up donor profiles on duplicate profile entries.
  2. Research best practices, identify weaknesses/challenges and provide recommendations in Philanthropy operations processes to reduce duplicate entries
  3. Support the team during a recurring needs assessment, identifying key concepts and information to strengthen the process

Objective of the Assignment: Partner with Philanthropy operations staff and Corporate Philanthropy and Event Advisor to explore options for a giving platform that matches the needs of Rock Out Hunger and other added events. Make recommendations aside Corporate Philanthropy & Event Advisor to Director of Philanthropy as to the most fitting platform to match our current systems.


  1. Research and inform giving platform options that meet the needs of Rock Out Hunger event
  2. Provide a case of support for two giving platform options to Philanthropy operations staff and Director of Philanthropy
  3. Once a platform is chosen, create a training program and participate in training all staff.
  4. Coordinate with Corporate Philanthropy and Events Advisor to assure all entries and relevant documentation is entered into system.


Objective of the Assignment: Partner with Philanthropy operations staff to convert constituent codes (i.e., board members to alumni or former board member or etc.) by June 30, 2022

  1. Analyze current Raiser's Edge data to discover incorrect and incomplete constituent codes in donor profiles.
  2. Support Philanthropy operations staff to assign appropriate codes to all donors.
  3. Work with Raiser's Edge data to assign all donors with appropriate constituent codes and report abnormalities to Philanthropy Operations Manager.

As the Philanthropy department is a new team, we expect additional projects will be identified and made available for VISTA engagement. This opportunity is one that will significantly enhance the St. Louis Area Foodbank's funding capacity.

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