Do work that matters.

At the Davis Phinney Foundation, we help people with Parkinson’s live well today. We give them tools, resources, education, experiences, and anything else we can dig up. People living with Parkinson’s tell us we make their lives better. And our staff says the same thing. We take the wellness of our employees just as seriously as we do wellness for people with Parkinson’s, and we know that when each of our employees is in a state of well-being at work, they can develop their potential, be productive and creative, build positive relationships with others, better cope with stress, and make meaningful contributions.
What more can you ask for? Join us!

Who We Are
A small but mighty crew united by a desire to do great work for a great community. People who come to the Foundation find more than a job. They find a home, a career, and a calling.

We value collaboration, creativity, fun, excellence, inclusion, and long-lasting relationships. We’re writers, cyclists, runners, bakers, dancers, philanthropists, outside enthusiasts, pet owners, painters, readers, parents, travelers, adventurers, true crime addicts, and corn-hole competitors.

We bring a wealth of diverse experiences to our roles, but we are united by a common set of values and goals: live well, inspire action, and connect the community.
Who You Are
You're someone who would love a mission to get them out of bed in the morning.

Punching a clock, doing time, and going through the motions aren’t your cup of tea. You want to care about the work you do. You don’t just want a job, you want to believe that the hours you spend working make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

You might call yourself a manager of one. You’re someone who has just as many ideas as the next person, and you don’t want to get stopped at every turn by all the levels up the chain. You’re good at what you do, and you want a boss and a leadership team that gives you the reins to do it.

You’re also a kind human, are always ready to chip in, and love making other people’s lives better.
What it’s like to work here
You'll spend your days with people who not only understand that you have a life outside of work but want to hear about it.

We believe in giving people space to get their job done. Quiet time is just as valuable as collaboration time, and we encourage breaks, whether it's to get outside for some fresh air or chat with someone about a podcast you recently listened to. You can be the early bird or the night owl if that’s when you feel most productive. We care less about when we see you than we do about what you create that helps move our mission forward. Parkinson’s is a BIG issue, and we have a lot of work to do.

Here's What We Offer

Ever daydream about having that perfect job? Working for the Davis Phinney Foundation may fit the bill.

  • Work where you want – Some of our employees work at our office, but not all. If your role can be done remotely, we’re happy to consider it.
  • 40-hour work week – We stick to 40 hours a week. Like we said, there’s a lot of work to be done for the Parkinson’s community. That said, we encourage you to enjoy the other 128 hours in your week because if not, your work may suffer. We have even less time for that.
  • Insurance and retirement – The Foundation offers health, dental, vision, and supplemental plans for you and your family or domestic partner. We also offer a Simple IRA plan that’s funded by the Foundation.
  • Vacations and paid holidays – The Foundation offers three weeks of paid vacation, sick days, comp days, and a few national holidays every year.
  • 100% of hardware and software – Whatever hardware, software, or services you need to do your job are always on us.
  • Snacks – We make a mean virtual brownie.
  • Holiday party– We know what you’re thinking, but our white elephant holiday party is a coveted invite. People who have long since left the Foundation still show up for the virtual and never-a-dull-moment gift exchange, virtual cocktail/mocktail recipes, and inevitable competitions.


Job Title: Director of Development       Classification: Exempt (P&L $3M – $5M)

Department: Development            Work Location: Louisville, CO (Hybrid/Remote)

Reports to: Executive Director               Salary Range: $100K/yr – $140K/yr

Best way to apply: Send resume and cover letter to

At the Davis Phinney Foundation, we help people with Parkinson’s live well today.  Resources such as educational and community programs, and quality of life research, are a few of the ways we help make the lives of those we serve better. Since 2004, the Foundation has brought to life some of the most important programs and research for those affected by Parkinson’s.  Our community includes people living with Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s care partners, families, and friends in addition to physicians and allied health professionals.


The Director of Development is accountable for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy to achieve the organization’s revenue goals and support its mission and programs. They provide leadership and strategic direction for all fundraising activities, including individual giving, major gifts, grants, corporate partnerships, grassroots fundraising, and special events.


  • Oversee a team of fundraising professionals responsible for individual giving, grassroots fundraising, and other fundraising initiatives. Provide guidance, mentorship, and support to ensure team members have the resources and expertise needed to execute fundraising strategies effectively.
  • Collaborate with individual giving and grassroots fundraising teams to cultivate relationships with donors, engage supporters, and steward philanthropic contributions.
  • Provide strategic direction and support for donor solicitation efforts, donor acknowledgment, and recognition activities.
  • Work closely with the grassroots fundraising team to develop and implement strategies for community fundraising events, peer-to-peer campaigns, and volunteer-led initiatives. Provide guidance on campaign planning, volunteer recruitment, and partnership development to maximize fundraising impact.
  • Partner with the individual giving team to design and execute strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit support from individual donors. Provide direction on donor segmentation, solicitation tactics, and stewardship efforts to enhance donor engagement and retention.
  • Build and maintain relationships with individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations, and other funding partners. This involves stewarding existing donors, soliciting major gifts, and cultivating new donor prospects.
  • Monitor the performance of individual giving and grassroots fundraising initiatives, tracking key metrics such as donor acquisition, retention, and revenue generation. Analyze fundraising data to identify trends, assess effectiveness, and make data-driven recommendations for improvement.
  • Collaborate with other departments, including marketing, content, finance, and programmatic teams, to align fundraising efforts with organizational priorities and messaging. Ensure integration between fundraising activities and broader organizational strategies to maximize impact and efficiency.
  • Develop and manage the fundraising budget, allocating resources effectively to support fundraising priorities and initiatives. Monitor budget performance, identify cost-saving opportunities, and optimize resource allocation to maximize return on investment.
  • Collaborate with the executive team, board of directors, and program staff to integrate fundraising efforts with organizational priorities. Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders to convey the organization’s impact and funding needs.
  • Represent the Davis Phinney Foundation at public speaking engagements and external events.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a leadership team, contributing to organizational decision-making, strategic planning, and cross-functional initiatives.
  • Support the Foundation’s Diversity & inclusion initiative through thoughtful outreach, practices of cultural humility and the inclusion of diverse leaders.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan that aligns with the organization’s mission, values, and growth objective.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders, including donors, volunteers, board members, corporate and community partners.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to articulate the organization’s mission, impact, and funding needs to donors and supporters.
  • Proven experience in nonprofit fundraising, including individual giving, major gifts, grant writing, and special events. Familiarity with fundraising best practices and techniques.
  • Leadership experience in managing a fundraising team or department, including setting goals, providing direction, and evaluating performance.
  • Understanding of nonprofit financial management principles, budgeting processes, and revenue forecasting. Ability to analyze financial data and make informed decisions to drive fundraising success.
  • Results-driven mindset with a track record of meeting or exceeding fundraising goals and targets. Ability to adapt strategies based on performance metrics and feedback.
  • Passion for the organization’s mission and a dedication to advancing its impact through effective fundraising efforts.
  • Commitment to upholding ethical fundraising standards and best practices, including donor privacy, transparency, and accountability.
  • Familiarity with industry regulations and guidelines governing fundraising activities, as defined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field such as nonprofit management, fundraising, business administration, marketing, or communications or equivalent experience.
  • 8+ years’ progressively responsible experience in nonprofit fundraising, including demonstrated success in individual giving, major gifts, sponsorships, grants, and special events.
  • 4+ years’ experience managing teams of fundraising professionals, providing leadership, supervision, and professional development opportunities.
  • Track record of achieving fundraising goals and driving revenue growth in a nonprofit organization of a similar size and complexity.
  • Experience working with a CRM database (e.g., Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge) for donor management and fundraising tracking.
  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.


  • Professional certification in fundraising (e.g., CFRE – Certified Fundraising Executive).
  • Experience planning and executing multi-channel fundraising campaigns, including capital campaigns, annual appeals, and online giving campaigns.
  • Proficiency in data analysis tools and techniques to analyze fundraising performance, identify trends, and generate insights for strategic decision-making. Experience creating and presenting data-driven reports to stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of digital fundraising strategies and tactics, including email marketing, social media fundraising, crowdfunding platforms, and online giving platforms. Experience leveraging digital channels to engage donors and drive online donations.
  • Understanding of DEI principles and practices to foster an inclusive fundraising environment that values diversity, promotes equity, and respects cultural differences among donors and stakeholders.
  • Ability to foster a collaborative and inclusive work environment, empowering team members to contribute their ideas, skills, and perspectives to achieve shared goals. Experience promoting a culture of learning, growth, and continuous improvement within the development team.


  • 20% Domestic Travel


  • During events, must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at a time
  • Must be able to work a variety of hours in order to accommodate events

How to Apply

Each position has different application requirements, so please follow the instructions in the job description when applying.

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