Philanthropy Manager


GFI APAC is looking for a Philanthropy Manager to grow our family of donors and drive GFI’s fundraising efforts in Asia Pacific.

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Job description

The Good Food Institute is at the forefront of the movement to use food technology to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger, to antibiotic resistance and the exploitation of animals. We are developing the roadmap for a sustainable, secure and just protein supply, making sustainable proteins accessible, affordable and delicious. Please check out our Year In Review to find out more about who we are, what we do, and why.

We are looking for a Philanthropy Manager to drive GFI’s fundraising efforts in Asia Pacific.

How You Will Make a Difference

The work of GFI is entirely funded through philanthropy. We fundraise as a network of nonprofits through a collaborative operating model toward a global fundraising goal. GFI APAC is a strategic area of growth for our global fundraising efforts and we therefore plan to expand the team on the ground. 

Reporting directly to the Acting Managing Director of GFI APAC, you will be in a senior, frontline fundraising role, building and sustaining relationships with our growing family of supporters. Your role will have high responsibility and high impact. Your performance in this role has the potential to make a significant impact on how quickly APAC and the world moves to a more ethical and sustainable food system.

Working closely with the GFI global development team, you will be responsible for delivering and executing a fundraising strategy for GFI APAC, fully aligned and integrated with the GFI global fundraising strategy, focussing on major donors. As the only fundraiser in our APAC team at present, your work will include:

  • Building strong, meaningful, long-term relationships with major donors and prospects (both individuals and foundations) across the Asia Pacific to attract, maintain and expand their support.
  • Achieving ambitious fundraising targets.
  • Identifying and qualifying new philanthropic prospects.
  • Helping keep our supporters up to date with our activities and impact.
  • Ensuring accurate, timely and thorough correspondence, acknowledgement and record-keeping at all stages of the donor journey. You will use our CRM system (Salesforce) to manage your portfolio, enter and track gifts, pull reports, and analyze data.
  • Coordinating closely with global GFI development colleagues, including aligning around donor strategies, participating in regular meetings, and providing impact reports for stewardship purposes.
  • Coordinating and providing support as needed to the global Foundations Relations Team with regard to prospective foundations and soliciting and stewarding grants restricted to GFI APAC.
  • Over time, potentially helping to drive GFI’s expansion to other countries in APAC, including setting up development systems in those countries.
  • Helping to organize transnational giving across national borders.
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.

Who We’re Looking For

As our Philanthropy Manager, we want you to have: 

  • A passion for our philosophy and mission.
  • A proven track record (5+ years) of cultivating relationships with major donors and securing significant gifts. Institutional fundraising experience would be an advantage.
  • The ability to persuasively make the case for support for GFI and to represent GFI to our stakeholders.
  • Positivity and a genuine love of working with other people: a passion for building warm, long-lasting relationships with our family of supporters, motivating them to maintain and increase their support.
  • Conscientiousness and attention to detail in recording and tracking interactions with donors and prospects: comfort with the ‘science’, as well as the ‘art’, of fundraising.
  • Comfort working in a relatively small, growing and evolving organization.
  • A willingness to travel throughout APAC in pursuit of philanthropic opportunities, when the COVID-19 situation allows.
  • A very strong work ethic and self-motivation; a sense of ownership and responsibility to drive outcomes and get things done.
  • The ability to work in an organized and structured manner.
  • Comfort working remotely in a rapidly-growing and evolving organization: the ability to work well independently and under pressure, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Chinese. Fluency in another Asian language would be an advantage. 

We want the best people and we don’t want biases holding us back. We strongly encourage people of every race, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability to apply. Because we value a diverse workplace, we prioritise an inclusive climate absent of discrimination and harassment during the application process and after you join the team.

The Fine Print

  • Terms of Employment: Full time 
  • Reports to: Acting Managing Director, GFI APAC
  • Location: Singapore
  • Benefits: Working from home and the office, flexible working hours, opportunity to create real impact, respectful managers and supportive colleagues.
  • Application deadline: We will be assessing candidates on a rolling basis, so please apply now!
  • Application process: Please complete this short form, upload your CV and cover letter and complete a short task. Your cover letter (max 1 page) should help answer:
    • What motivated you to apply for this role?
    • How do you meet the requirements listed in the job description?
    • Which bit of the job description energizes you the most?

Beyond the initial screening process, there will be several further rounds. We really look forward to hearing from you! 

Any questions?  If you have any questions about this role, please do reach out to us at If you’ve read this far but decided not to apply, please feel free to share this job description with someone else in your network who you think might be a good fit for the role! Thank you!

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