Few for Change Fellowship Program

Few for Change is a volunteer-operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to increase educational opportunities for students, currently operating in the indigenous Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé region of Panama. Our mission is to strengthen communities by improving access to education in underserved areas of Panama. To achieve our mission, Few for Change provides scholarships, educational resources, and community support. Our scholarships cover tuition and school-related expenses to high-achieving students who would not otherwise be able to continue their studies. As our name suggests, Few for Change is run by a small group of committed volunteers in the U.S. and Panama. The Few for Change Fellowship program is designed to give college students, recent graduates, and others an opportunity to learn more about our work and to expand the capacity of our small but quickly growing organization.

Fundraising & Donor Relations Fellow · Panama Relations Fellow · Communications Fellow · Strategic Planning Fellow

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@fewforchange.org


Fundraising & Donor Relations Fellow

Term: Flexible; six months to one year fellowship
Time commitment: 6-10 hours per month

Position Summary

The FDR Fellow leads projects with and will work with members of Few for Change’s Strategic Planning or Operations Committee to to help fundraise, create a donor follow up program, and research and apply for grant funding. The Fellow will work with the Few for Change team on one main project in one or more of these categories, as well as provide ongoing support for the Strategic Planning or Operations Committee. The Fundraising & Donor Relations Fellowship is an unpaid volunteer position.

SPecific Job Duties

  • Assist with recruiting and thanking our donors, including research on donor stewardship best practices, drafting materials to send to donors, tracking donor information in Salesforce or other systems and analyzing donor data.

  • Research and engage new strategic partners to help increase donor base in locations such as college or retirement communities, Panamanians in the United States, Panamanian organizations in Panama, or other potential partners or interested groups.

  • Research opportunities for grant applications based on Few for Change’s strategic goals, brief committee on potential grant opportunities and requirements for application.

  • Help in writing grant applications or proposals and submitting to potential grantors or foundations.

  • Assist in creation of marketing materials to help show the mission and vision of Few for Change to potential donors, grantors, or foundations.

  • Assist in planning and coordinating fundraising events, including recruitment of volunteers; organize and lead at least one fundraising event during the fellowship.

  • Assist in recruiting new volunteers to participate in Few for Change, including potential coordination with SIT alumni or current students.

Preferred Skills

  • Grant writing and research skills

  • Proof reading and/or copy editing

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides

  • Microsoft Office Suite - Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access

  • Experience with Salesforce or other donor databases

  • Website donor optimization

  • Fundraising

  • Donor stewardship

  • Written and verbal Spanish skills optimal

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@fewforchange.org


Panama Relations Fellow

Term: Flexible; six months to one year
Time commitment: 6-10 hours per month

Position Summary

The Panama Relations Fellow works with Few for Change’s Operations Committee to assist with data analysis, translating of scholarship recipient data, and conducting university program research. The Fellow will work with the Few for Change team on one main project in one or more of these categories, as well as provide ongoing support for the Operations Committee. The Panama Relations Fellowship is an unpaid volunteer position.

SPecific Job Duties

  • Translate data received from scholarship recipients from Spanish to English for use by the Operations Committee.

  • Assist with preparation and mailing of scholarship applications and processing of documents received from Panama.

  • Analyze data available from applications to better inform the application/scholarship awarding process.

  • Research important information for key universities (eligible for IFARHU scholarship) including Application Process & Entrance Exams, Class Schedules/Timelines, Careers Available, Cost, Scholarship Availability/Resources.

  • Assist in planning and preparing for the annual scholarship ceremony in February held in Quebrada Guabo, Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé.

  • Create informative maps illustrating students’ homes, communities, locations of primary & secondary schools, and universities using GIS and GPS data.

Preferred Skills

  • Spanish language - Advanced proficiency (strong writing and reading comprehension)

  • Experience with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides

  • Experience with geospatial data and GIS software including ArcGIS (preferred), ArcView, Google Maps, Google Earth

  • Microsoft Office Suite - Word, PowerPoint, Excel

  • Zoom video conferencing (preferred), Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.

  • Strong written and spoken communications skills

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@fewforchange.org.


Communications Fellow

Term: Flexible; six months to one year
Time commitment: 6-10 hours per month

Position Summary

The Communications Fellow leads projects with the Operations Committee to develop content for its blog, website, and social media platforms, translate existing website content into Spanish, process communications-related data from Few for Change scholars and volunteers, research media outlets for earned media coverage, and assist with fundraising campaign outreach. The Fellow will work with the Few for Change team on one main project in one or more of these categories, as well as provide ongoing support for the Operations Committee specifically related to communications. The Communications Fellowship is an unpaid volunteer position.

SPecific Job Duties

  • Assist with content generation for Few for Change blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

  • Translate existing web content from English to Spanish

  • Translate student applications and reflection forms from Spanish to English

  • Assist Secretary and social media manager with a social media awareness campaign

  • Assist board members with fundraising campaign outreach

  • Research media outlets for earned media coverage

Preferred Skills

  • Spanish language - Advanced proficiency (strong writing and reading comprehension)

  • Experience with Squarespace websites for content management and/or design (coding experience a plus!)

  • Social media management - Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram including ads, promoted content, events

  • Search engine optimization (SEO)

  • Photography

  • Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or GIMP

  • Video editing

  • Experience with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides

  • Microsoft Office Suite - Word, PowerPoint, Excel

  • Zoom video conferencing (preferred), Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@fewforchange.org


Strategic Planning Fellow

Term: Flexible; six months to one year
Time commitment: 6-10 hours per month

Position Summary

The Strategic Planning Fellow works with the Strategic Planning Committee to help develop future strategy for Few for Change, including researching partnerships in Panama, the US, and world-wide, helping with volunteer recruitment and retention, researching and writing grant applications, and identifying and executing strategies to increase Few for Change’s donor base.  The Fellow will work with the Few for Change team on one main project in one or more of these categories, as well as provide ongoing support for the Strategic Planning Committee. The Strategic Planning Fellowship is an unpaid volunteer position with a duration of a minimum of 6 months.

Specific Job Duties

  • Research, reach out to and coordinate with organizations for potential partnership with Few for Change

  • Identify and coordinate with new and existing partners to help identify and recruit new volunteers

  • Develop materials for new volunteers to explain Few for Change’s mission, vision and operations

  • Research and develop strategy for increasing Few for Change’s donor base

  • Develop materials targeted towards new donor bases

  • Identify potential grant opportunities or foundation partnerships that are aligned with Few for Change’s mission and goals

  • Assist with writing grant applications

Preferred Skills

  • Grant writing and research skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides

  • Microsoft Office Suite- Word, PowerPoint, Excel

  • Fundraising

  • Donor stewardship

  • Written and verbal Spanish skills optimal

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@fewforchange.org