Major Gift and Development Lead (Thorn)

Washington, DC

Technology is a powerful tool. Thorn chooses to use it for good. It’s looking for a Major Gift and Development Lead to support its efforts and to defend children from sexual abuse.

Thorn builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. It believes that every child has the right to be safe, to be curious, to be happy. It works with the sharpest minds from tech, non-profit, government and law enforcement to stop the spread of child sexual abuse material, stand up to child traffickers and uncover new kinds of abuse.

Thorn’s programs and products find child abuse victims faster, make online environments safer, and deter criminal behavior.

In just a few years, Thorn has built a thriving network of partners that collaborate in its mission around the world, including law enforcement officers, NGOs, tech companies, and individual members of the community.

This network of program partners is matched by a nascent but comprehensive major donor program that has great potential for growth. The program revolves around a Defenders Circle, is made up of 42 high-net-worth individuals, foundations, and corporate giving partners who represent the primary funders of Thorn and who are committed to creative solutions to end child sexual abuse.

Thorn is seeking an experienced, driven and accomplished development professional with a consistent record of leading major giving to manage the Defenders Circle as its Major Gift and Development Lead. This role has recently been created to support overall execution of the strategic direction of the development department. The Major Gift and Development Lead will report to and collaborate closely with the Director of Development to help manage a growing team, cultivate and steward the Defenders Circle, and support grant prospecting and the growth of the annual fund.


The ideal Major Gift and Development Lead will have:

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible development experience.
  • Track record of raising $2M annually, including substantial 5- and 6-figure gifts.
  • Comprehensive skills in all aspects of development, from prospecting to pitching; sophisticated understanding of how to build an individual major donor pipeline as well as some experience working with foundation and corporate partners.
  • Comfort speaking with high-net-worth donors and preparing development materials.
  • Background in a human rights organization is useful but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.