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Job Title:
Event Fundraising Manager
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Job Category:
Events Management
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
AARP Foundation
Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

AARP Foundation is AARP’s 501 c3 charitable affiliate.  We are a public charity with revenue from federal agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals.  AARP Foundation’s vision is a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.  Staff are located in Washington DC and throughout the US. 

Every year, AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling older adults 50 and over win back opportunity by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face each day.  Through the Foundation’s many groundbreaking and innovative programs and services, we create and advance effective solutions to meet their basic needs for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections.

Summary Statement

The Event and Sponsorship Manager plays a key role in working with the Development team, specifically the Corporate Relations and Field Fundraising Teams, to develop and implement event strategies for effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate donors and prospective corporate donors with the goal of growing revenue to over 1M annually from our two signature sponsorship platforms (Movies for Grownups and Meal Pack Challenge events). 


Under the supervision of the Director of Sponsorships and Cause Marketing, the Manager of Events and Sponsorships will have responsibility for implementing the fundraising plans of assigned major events.  In addition, the candidate will assist with the overall development of the event fundraising strategy and, where appropriate, engage in overall event planning.   The candidate will also coordinate with regional and local development officers to determine best cultivation strategy for local business.  


  • Cultivate national and local prospects through the fundraising pipeline including research, identification and solicitation
  • Serve as main point of contact for events team on logistics and planning for signature Foundation Events
  • Work with cross functional team to manage marketing collateral, social media campaigns, website recognition and legal reviews as needed
  • Oversee creation of all resources and materials needed to support events (both pre and post) such as sell sheets, production documents, templates, tools, and recap presentations
  • Ensure successful implementation and tracking of Corporate engagement plans
  • Responsible for crafting and executing a strategic stewardship plan to thank, cultivate, retain, and elevate corporate and local partners
  • Develop cultivation opportunities surrounding both AARP and AARP Foundation national convening’s
  • Provide guidance and support in creating memorable event experiences for cultivation of corporate sponsors and event/host committee members
  • Provide ongoing assessment of industry trends and best practices
  • Provide regular updates on program status
  • Perform other fundraising activities as assigned by Director Cause Marketing and Sponsorships and Vice President Corporate Relations
  • Travel domestically when required
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of four or more years’  fundraising or corporate relations experience
  • Demonstrated ability to exceed sponsor expectations
  • Advanced to Proficient knowledge of MS Office Suite is preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to gather, analyze and summarize information including numerical and financial data
  • Strong people skills, as well as customer service and data entry experience
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a cross functional team and independently
  • Ability to plan, organize and facilitate a range of special events
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Strong commitment to the ethical handling and confidentiality of donor information
  • A passion for working with or on behalf of vulnerable populations

Benefits Offered

 AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.  AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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