Rebuilding lives. Together.

Development Coordinator (Unpaid)

What is Duet?

Duet is an online philanthropic platform that enables donors to provide meaningful aid to vulnerable families in a more dignified, efficient, and personal way. Families request the exact items they need to rebuild their lives, and donors pay for those items on their behalf. We currently provide support to refugee families in Greece, and are actively expanding to COVID-19 relief in LA as well.

Who is Duet?

We are a group of 7 USC students and recent graduates who are building Duet out of the Innovation in Engineering Design for Global Challenges class. We have been operating since March 2019. Since then, we have facilitated over $40,000 in donations and built a donor community of over 350 members.

Duet has been featured in Viterbi News and Marshall News.

Duet is currently registered as a nonprofit, and is pending 501(c)(3) status.

The Role

Duet is seeking a development coordinator. We are seeking a passionate and collaborative individual to support Development operations to advance Duet’s social impact work around the world.

In close coordination with the Head of Business Development, the Development Coordinator will support a wide range of development needs for Duet’s philanthropically funded programs with the goal of inspiring more giving and interest among our various target demographics. This includes supporting all Development operations including research, database maintenance and grant writing and management.

This position is volunteer based and located remotely, though the main Duet team is located in Los Angeles.

We are seeking a motivated, results-oriented, entrepreneurial candidate with excellent written and verbal communications skills. Ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently and proactively is a must.

You will:

Major donor support

  • Maintain donor records, research, and documentation related to individual strategies, moves and interactions for each donor.
  • Operational support for Head of Business Development and CEO in major gift strategy and operations including developing fundraising strategies and materials. 
  • Input and track donor major gifts, pledges and other funding and initiate timely and appropriate acknowledgment/thank you notes from appropriate leadership.
  • Produce and implement high quality donor stewardship through timely stewardship reports and materials through various channels.
  • Assist with creation and distribution of Annual Impact Report.


  • Research funding prospects based on interests, capacity and personal networks- both individuals and foundations.
  • Research and prioritize new grant opportunities and help grow middle donor pipeline into major/principal donor realm.
  • Proactively research potential philanthropic partners in relevant markets and prepare relevant report for leadership team


  • Create and maintain grants calendar and checklist in collaboration with Head of Business Development.
  • Assist in drafting concept memos, proposals and grant reports.
  • Ensure proposals and reports are professionally written, reviewed as needed for content, and submitted on time.


  • Maintain donor database and mailing lists
  • Monitor, report and present donor analytics and utilize key metrics to optimize strategy
  • Manage year-end donor giving receipt creation and distribution.
  • Provide event support as necessary in coordination with Partnership team
  • Write outreach and follow up emails on behalf of relevant leadership
  • Provide Board support as necessary


This position might be a great fit if:

  • Strong professional written communication skills. Ability to speak clearly and articulate the Duet mission to both an internal and external audience.
  • Excellent organizational skills. Self-starter with the ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrated interest in the fundraising, non-profit and humanitarian aid sectors strongly preferred
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Highly collaborative style. High energy and maturity.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including team members, leadership, volunteers, donors, program participants and other supporters.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Strong attention to detail and proofreading skills.
  • Flexible schedule outside of typical working hours. While work is often self-guided and timing is flexible, Duet meetings happen after 5 pm.

Why Duet?

Duet offers an opportunity to improve real lives, solve hard problems, and to make the world a smaller, friendlier place. You will gain firsthand experience growing an organization through the power of partnerships, while being a part of a supportive and engaged team of fellow changemakers who are determined to grow this into a sustainable long-term venture. (We are planning to start fundraising in earnest over the coming months, or as soon as we have our 501(c)(3) certification).

Assuming all goes well, there is also the possibility of extending this internship into a permanent position past Fall 2020. Join us in rebuilding lives, together.

How to Apply

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Apply now!