Friends of Trees is searching for a contracted fundraiser in Eugene

POSITION TITLE: Fundraising Contractor

This is the first dedicated fundraising position for Friends of Trees Eugene and the goal is for this position to take fundraising for the Eugene program to the next level.

SUPERVISED BY: Development and Communications Director


PAY RANGE:  Hourly, $50/hour – $75/hour, DOE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.


EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Contracted, hourly. Approximately 50 hours a month for 6 months, some flexibility is possible.

LOCATION: Eugene, Oregon. This position is primarily remote with visits to the Eugene office and planting sites as necessary; we are looking for someone who lives in the Eugene area and is familiar with local businesses and institutions. The Eugene office follows COVID safety protocols per state and local guidelines.


  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a telephone or printer, for periods of time up to 8 hours.
  • Ability to easily move about in tree planting sites, in both urban and natural areas.
  • Ability to successfully work remotely; you need to provide your own  computer equipment.
  • Reliable transportation to be able to get to and from planting sites.
  • Friends of Trees wants to keep our staff, partners, volunteers, and the public we work with as safe as possible. We are requiring employees, and this position, to be vaccinated for COVID-19.


As the contract development officer, you will work closely with the Eugene director and Portland fundraising staff to reach new individual and corporate donors, in addition to growing the engagement of current donors. This is the first dedicated fundraising position for Friends of Trees Eugene and the goal is for this position to take fundraising for the Eugene program to the next level, with more and deeper individual donor engagement and significantly increased prospecting, cultivation and engagement of business donors. This opportunity includes the ability to find, cultivate and engage new donors throughout the Eugene/Springfield region. First year fundraising goals of 25-40% growth are attainable and will be celebrated.

This person will plan, coordinate and implement all aspects of a Eugene fundraising program, in collaboration with the Portland fundraising staff and with data entry and some database reporting support from the Portland-based Development Specialist. This position will interact with the Eugene office staff on a regular basis for program information; attending some Eugene volunteer planting events will also be necessary in order to gather program content.

While current fundraising staff will work closely with this position, this position will need to be able to work successfully independently and will drive this programming. The ultimate goal, should this position be successful, is adding a permanent fundraising staff position based in Eugene.


  • Develop and execute an annual individual donor fundraising plan for Eugene Friends of Trees, including generating original content for fundraising letters. Responsible for all coordination of mailed and electronic appeal letters.
  • Coordinate and support Major Donor efforts involving the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Eugene Director and/or Eugene advisory board of directors; directly participate in major donor cultivation as appropriate.
  • Leverage the Friends of Trees brand with integrity and creativity to maintain and grow business and corporate donors. Manage all aspects of this fundraising area including generating prospect lists; proactively contacting business prospects; build relationships and generate proposals specific to individual businesses.
  • Coordinate as necessary with communications staff to utilize website and social media to support fundraising efforts.
  • Analyze fundraising data through the CRM system; customize and pull reports as needed.


  • Minimum 3-5 years progressive experience managing all aspects of a successful nonprofit fundraising program specific to individual and business donors.
  • Solid record of achieving revenue goals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, both internally and externally, for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and exercise initiative.
  • Strong working knowledge of CRM data systems, email marketing programs, and Microsoft and Adobe suite of products. Experience with Salesforce preferred.
  • A positive, flexible attitude and a sense of humor.
  • Passion for FOT’s mission.
  • Experience with and dedication to working with diverse teams and constituents in a respectful, equitable, and inclusive fashion.


  • Strong working knowledge of Salesforce database.
  • Experience with or strong working knowledge of environmental issues, including environmental/climate justice.
  • Basic graphic design and website management skills.



Position open until filled. Email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references to Kathy Armstrong with Eugene fundraiser in the subject line.

  • Please ensure your resume addresses your specific qualifications for this position.
  • In a brief cover letter, please:
    • Explore how you would approach this position. What would you do first? How would you split your time each week/month?
    • Provide examples of or hyperlinks to 2-3 pieces of fundraising communication for which you directly created the content.


Friends of Trees inspires people to improve the world around them through a simple solution: Planting trees. Together.

Friends of Trees is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers at more than 100 community tree planting and tree care events every season. Founded in 1989, Friends of Trees is in its 33rd season of organizing community tree planting and tree care events in the Portland and Eugene Metro areas.  For more information, please visit

Friends of Trees recognizes that not everyone has equal access to the benefits of trees and healthy urban green spaces based on racial and socioeconomic status, and we are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Friend of Trees provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Campus ReLeaf engages UO students to plant trees + grow community

The streets around the University of Oregon are cooler, safer and greener thanks to the hundreds of trees planted through an ongoing community partnership between Friends of Trees Eugene and UO’s Holden Center.

Every season 40-50 student volunteers from the Holden Center join FOTE during Earth Week for a UO Day of Service, planting and caring for street trees in neighborhoods filled with UO student rentals—they’re literally greening their own backyards! (OK, front yards 😉 The student volunteers help plant 50 trees every year during this event, along with helping to care for previously planted trees.

“I’m really excited that these trees are near campus, so I can watch these trees I helped plant grow.” Dayton, Holden Center FOTE volunteer.

An added bonus of this partnership is that many of these trees play a role in how we consider climate change when choosing trees to plant. This area is part of FOTE’s climate adaptive plantings, where we plant and monitor species such as Blue oak, California black oak, and canyon live oak. These species are appropriate for the hotter summers and more severe weather that come with climate change and we’re actively measuring their performance toward helping us plan future plantings.

“I love this program! This event was one of my first experiences as an FOTE Crew Leader, while I was still a UO student. So this event is extra special to me now that I’m on FOTE staff, it’s so gratifying to see this partnership continue after so many years!” Taylor Glass, FOTE Volunteer & Program Specialist

UO’s Holden Center engages UO students in “activities to develop unique talents and leadership skills in order to affect positive change and engage our community” and involves a wide array of UO students. In fact, some Holden Center students volunteered as high school students with FOT events in the Portland area, and they chose to participate with FOTE as part of their Holden Center activities because of their earlier, positive FOT volunteer experience

There’s often some flair from students at these events. For instance, yellow & green duct tape are usually on hand to liven up tree stakes; and sometimes the trees are named, with favorites including, McDuck, Linden Tree Johnson, and Roger.

We often hear from Holden Center students that volunteering with us was the first time they ever held a shovel, or ever planted anything—pretty common feedback from volunteers. And if our 32 years of community tree planting experience tell us anything, for many of these students, it’s just the beginning of a green path.

Get involved with trees + community in Eugene! Details here.

Photo: UO Holden Center student volunteers.

You can help test a new way to plant & care trees

We have a new, unique volunteer opportunity Aug 20th & 21st in Tualatin at beautiful Brown’s Ferry Park.
Due to safety concerns with COVID-19, we’re trialing a style of community-powered event we’re calling a “Do-It-Yourself Event.” With our friends at the City of Tualatin, FOT is hosting a mulching party where volunteers sign up for a 1.5 hr shift.  Mulching is an important step to ensure the highest levels of survival for these recently planted trees and shrubs during tough summer conditions. Each shift will have only one volunteer (maybe more if any of your household members also want to attend). You (and your household members) will be the only ones on site during your shift time.  You’ll be sent detailed information before your shift starts so you’re prepared to have fun and make a difference!  This is the very first time we’ve tried this event model, and if successful FOT will host more of this sort of event.  Will you help us trial something new and green the community at the same time?
When:  Saturday, August 15th – Friday, August 21st — shifts available on the 20th & 21st
Where:  Brown’s Ferry Park, Tualatin (map) *exact meeting address sent upon registering
What to expect: Volunteer activities will involve filling 5-gallon buckets with mulch from a big mulch pile and carefully depositing the mulch around small native trees and shrubs.  Before your shift begins, you’ll be sent detailed instructions on site location and mulching how-tos.  Wear close-toed shoes or boots, clothes you’re comfortable getting dirty in, and a brimmed hat and sunscreen.  We’re also asking that you bring and wear a face mask as you volunteer.  Please plan to bring your own water and snacks, unfortunately due to COVID-19 FOT will not be providing refreshments.  Friends of Trees will provide all tools and sanitizing spray.  If you have your own work gloves, please bring them.  If you need to borrow a pair of gloves, please let us know and we’ll have some on site waiting for you.  FOT has our gloves professionally washed between each and every use.
How to sign-up: Use our Volunteer Page to sign-up for the shift of your choice.  Our system will only allow one person to sign-up per shift.  If you have two or more adults in your household and you would all like to volunteer together, please let us know and we can send you the appropriate online sign-up form.  Pre-registration is required in order to participate.  Youth (anyone under 18) are welcome to volunteer as well.  Youth 15 and under will need a parent/guardian present to volunteer. Youth age 16 and 17 may volunteer without an adult.
Your valued feedback + Zoom Party: This is a trial run for this “DIY” event model. Your feedback, should you have any, is invaluable. After your volunteer shift we’ll send you a survey to request your feedback. It’s okay if you don’t have any feedback too.  We’ll also be hosting a Zoom call after all volunteer shifts have ended on Fri, Aug 21st, 5pm to celebrate your successes!  Join this optional call to hear about the collective progress that was made and ask questions of our staff!
We’ll have more updates on these and other events when planting season arrives later in Fall 2020. Meanwhile, if you have any thoughts or questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with Jenny, Pablo, or Carey on our Volunteer & Outreach team:
Thank you!

Update on planting events and tree orders

Friends of Trees is taking our region’s COVID-related restrictions and guidelines very seriously. All public events from mid-March – July 2020 were cancelled, and measures are in place for current events to take place with the health and safety of our volunteers and staff at the forefront. You can find more information about our public volunteer events here.

Currently our office is closed to the general public. Staff are working remotely and on occasion have office hours; if you need to connect with a specific staff person you can find them in our staff directory.

If you ordered a street or yard tree and have questions about the tree, or if you are interested in ordering a street or yard tree to be planted during our October 2020 – April 2021 planting season, or if you have any other questions please email us at

Thank you so much for your support and patience during these unprecedented times. We can’t wait to plant trees with you again!