What Design Can Do is looking for an event fundraising consultant


What Design Can Do (WDCD) is an international organisation that seeks to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, fair, and just society using the power of design. Based in Amsterdam, with hubs in São Paulo, Mexico City, Delhi, Nairobi, and Tokyo. Our vision is a world that is sustainable, inclusive, just, and safe, and we believe in the problem-solving power of design to get us there. Our mission is to empower the global creative community to make a valuable contribution to solving the major problems of our time. WDCD’s consultants contribute to this mission with their own expertise and creative power, and that’s where you come in.

The assignment

WDCD organises annual design festivals, and in June 2022 we will host the 10th edition of the WDCD Live 2022 in Amsterdam.  We are looking for a fundraiser consultant to support us from January – June 2022 for approximately 4 days per month. As an event fundraising consultant, you will work closely with members of the management team to secure corporate and foundation partnerships to make the event a success. 

What will you do? 

Reporting to and working closely with the Director of Global Development and other members of WDCD’s management team members, you will: 

  • Identify prospect sponsors from the private and public sector
  • Manage and grow an active pipeline of sponsors 
  • Engage with prospective sponsors to create a mutually beneficial relationship
  • Develop compelling sponsorship offers and pitches
  • Help prepare and participate in meetings with prospective sponsors
  • Prepare post-event reports to sponsors as required 
What are we looking for? 

We are looking for a consultant with a proven track record in events fundraising and/or event sales who brings the following:

  • You have a successful track record in securing sponsorships for events
  • You have advanced skills in developing compelling proposals/pitches incl. budgets and can do this in English and in Dutch
  • You are able to manage the event acquisition pipeline and drive it towards the desired results
  • You have an interest in, or experience working with, the creative sector, designers, sustainability, and/or climate action
Level of commitment required

The consultant will work an average of at least 1 day (8 working hours) per week but you have the flexibility to shift or increase the number of hours per week depending on the need to do so.

Interested in this assignment?

If you are interested and meet the requirements we encourage you to get in touch with us by sending us a brief profile (max. 3 pages) demonstrating your experience in events fundraising in particular from corporate sponsors, your earliest start date and availability between January – June 2022 and fee. Please send your offer by 31 December 2021 to: kenneth@whatdesigncando.com with ‘Expression of Interest Event Fundraising Consultant’ stated in the email subject line. We will accept reactions on a rolling basis and will close the reaction deadline earlier if a suitable match is found. We look forward to hearing from you!