Are you passionate about connecting individuals and organizations to issues that they care about and want to support? Can you integrate individual, corporate, and event-based fundraising to support women and nonbinary journalists, diversity in the news media, and press freedom? Do you thrive when sharing the stories of remarkable individuals who risk it all to make the world a better place? Can you point to a track-record of making important connections that lead to significant funding? If the answer to those questions is yes, you could be our perfect candidate.

As Development Director, your role will be to work directly with the Executive Director to lead the IWMF’s efforts to raise support among foundations, individuals, and corporations by creating and implementing a strategy and work plan to meet our fundraising needs.

Responsibilities will include:

o Participating in guiding the growth and development of the IWMF as a member of its senior leadership team.

o Creating a multi-year strategy for donor cultivation and solicitation informed by data collection and knowledge of our donor base.

o Fostering and building relationship with existing donors, including small-dollar and major givers, corporate sponsors and foundation contacts.

o Traveling to meet potential funders, as well as maintaining and cultivating relationships with existing partners in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

o Supporting the IWMF Board of Directors on fundraising activities on behalf of the IWMF.

o Overseeing and managing year-round Courage in Journalism Awards fundraising campaign, including cultivating leadership, overseeing event planning, solicitation, cultivation, consultant, and consultant management. Annual awards events take place in New York, Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

o Overseeing planning for and executing three fundraising events in 2023 in Los Angeles.

o Developing and managing fundraising and advisory committees that support the IWMF’s development efforts.

o Liaising with IWMF communications and programs departments, as well as leadership to develop content and event programs.

o Developing materials for solicitations and proposals.

o Preparing grant reports for foundations and IWMF leadership.

o Ensuring compliance with all reporting requirements to donors and relevant agencies.

o Overseeing the development and maintenance of a donor database.

o Managing development coordinator and executive coordinator (half-time on development).

The Development Director’s role is broad, requiring someone comfortable with juggling many activities. It will require diplomacy and quick action coupled with long-term strategic implementation, and involvement in all aspects of the IWMF’s operations including, but not restricted to, programs, communications, networking, and events.

If you are a bold, experienced development leader able to build on and nurture our committed funding base to increase support for the IWMF’s mission, we welcome your application.

Qualifications: Eight to 10 years of relevant work experience. Previous fundraising and management experience essential. A proven track-record of high-level fundraising and experience cultivating corporate sponsors and major donors. Must be eligible to work in the United States. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills and Values:

· Cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

· Proven senior level managerial, problem solving, and organizational development skills.

· Self-starter who is organized, flexible, able to successfully manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

· Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

· Experience working with high-level contacts in a diplomatic and professional manner.

· Excellent fundraising skills.

· Solutions oriented approach a must.

· Knowledge of the news media and development industry a plus.

· Fluency in English, including excellent written and oral communications skills.

· Passion for IWMF’s mission, enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to motivate others and a sense of humor required.


Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Employment Type:

Full-time. IWMF headquarters are located in Washington, DC. Work location flexible; IWMF staff works remotely.


Commensurate with experience. Starting salary for IWMF Directors is $100,000. IWMF also provides excellent benefits, including a 401(k) program with employer matching incentive, individual health insurance (80% paid by the IWMF), short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, the opportunity to establish a flexible spending allowance, and a generous leave policy, including paid leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  IWMF staff work remotely with a “global office” policy and flexible schedule options. Opportunities for professional development, advancement, and travel.

The IWMF's Kim Wall Memorial Fund will provide $5,000 grants to journalists whose work embodies the spirit of Kim’s reporting. The grant will fund women or non-binary reporters covering subculture, broadly defined, and what Kim liked to call “the undercurrents of rebellion.” Kim wanted more women to be out in the world, brushing up against life, and the Kim Wall Memorial Fund honors this legacy.

All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Affiliated or freelance women or nonbinary journalists with one (1) or more years of professional experience working in news media from anywhere in the world. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Applicants must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. However, reporting may be published in any language.
  • Applicants must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
  • Grants will be awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel, logistics, insurance, visa fees, professional stipends and payments for producers, translators, etc. The IWMF does not cover the cost of equipment purchase or rental and cannot support academic research or research for academic publication.

The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all women, non-binary and gender non-conforming journalists.

Application Period
The IWMF is accepting applications from November 15 to December 15, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST via Submittable. The IWMF cannot consider time-sensitive proposals. Applications will be reviewed in January and February 2023, and applicants will receive a response no later than the end of February 2023. Grantees will be publicly announced on Kim's birthday, March 23.

For application tips, please visit the IWMF's website here.
For questions, please email program coordinator, Taylor Moore, at

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has given the IWMF a $750,000 grant to establish a three-year fund supporting U.S.-based reporting projects by Indigenous journalists on issues related to Missing & Murdered Indigenous People (MMMIP) with a concentration on women, girls, Two-Spirit and transgender people.

Starting in March 2022, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis by an advisory committee comprised of distinguished Indigenous practicing journalists and editors, along with Indigenous thought leaders. The IWMF is conducting ongoing, targeted outreach to eligible journalists and Indigenous journalism groups to solicit proposals. Indigenous journalists affiliated with media outlets, as well as freelancers, are invited to apply.

In addition to monetary support, the IWMF is committed to providing editorial and pitching support to grantees.

Please read our FAQ page and Application Guide for the program. Eligible journalists can apply here.

The IWMF and its Coalition Against Online Violence partners are offering women journalists the opportunity to sign up for free one-on-one safety consultations. 

Concerned about a recent threat, online abuse, government surveillance or an upcoming reporting trip? Our experts provide journalists with clear and practical guidance, whether that's dealing with a digital or physical safety emergency or helping you build digital security into your story planning. We are here to help. You must be a working journalist to be eligible for a consultation. 

Please note: this is not an emergency help line. We are unable to provide rapid response support. 

To apply for a consultation, please complete this application. If you have any questions, please email

This is an application for the United States Journalism Emergency Fund, created by the International Women’s Media Foundation in partnership with Craig Newmark Philanthropies. To qualify for this Fund, you must be a U.S.-based journalist of any gender (including men) targeted as a result of your reporting at events related to the highly charged political unrest and polarization in the U.S., including elections, civil movements and other challenging environments. You may request support for:

  • Immediate needs related to your professional work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear;
  • Long-term needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support.

Applicants must be working journalists and must provide proof of their financial need. Funding is available to both staff journalists and those working independently.

To request assistance from the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered. Requests will be reviewed in the order they were received. 

If you have any questions relating to the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, please email

We established the IWMF Emergency Fund in 2013 for journalists in crisis to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of distress or threat. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting. The Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering.

The IWMF Emergency Fund provides women journalists with:

  • Small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist;
  • Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat;
  • Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship;
  • Non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.

To be eligible for the IWMF Emergency Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a staff or freelance reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism;
  • Have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance;
  • Apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to work as a journalist.
  • The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women and non-binary people.

To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. An IWMF staff member will respond to your request in a timely manner at which point you may be required to provide additional information. Please understand that it will take time to process your request and that we prioritize the most urgent requests. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered.

En el 2013 establecimos el Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF para periodistas en crisis para proporcionar un apoyo vital en tiempos de apuros o amenaza para mujeres periodistas. Ahora más que nunca, los periodistas de todo el mundo enfrentan peligros reales por sus reportajes.

El Fondo de Emergencia se sostiene con el apoyo de donantes individuales para proporcionar asistencia directa a las periodistas en apuros.

El Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF brinda a las mujeres periodistas:

  • Pequeñas subvenciones para atención psicológica y médica relacionadas a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista;
  • Tres meses de asistencia para reubicación temporal en casos de crisis o amenazas;
  • Ayuda legal para contrarrestar amenazas de encarcelamiento o censura;
  • Asistencia no financiera en forma de información sobre el acceso a recursos adicionales.

Para solicitar al Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, los candidatos deben cumplir con los siguientes requerimientos:

  • Ser una periodista empleada por un medio o ser una periodista independiente que trabaje en cualquier medio, cuya profesión principal es el periodismo;
  • Trabajar como periodista en tiempo completo durante los últimos seis meses;
  • Solicitar asistencia directamente relacionada a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista; 

Para solicitar asistencia del Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, la postulante debe completar este cuestionario preliminar. Un miembro de la IWMF responderá a su solicitud de manera oportuna para solicitar información adicional. Es importante comprender que comprender qué tomará tiempo para procesar su solicitud y que priorizaremos solicitudes más urgentes. Las solicitudes que no cumplan con los criterios anteriores no serán consideradas.

Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives. 

The Fund for Women Journalists accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applications may take up to 6 weeks to process. 

As we approach the end of 2022, the IWMF will conduct one final selection cycle for the calendar year. Please apply by October 31, 2022, to receive a decision on your application by the end of the year. Applications submitted on and after November 1 will be read in January when we return to the office.

The Fund was designed to help women journalists by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues 
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives 
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers 
  • Pursue training and leadership opportunities 
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so


  • The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is open to women and nonbinary journalists of any nationality. 
  • Journalism must be the applicant's primary profession. 
  • Applicants must have at least one year of professional journalism experience, with a track record of publishing in non-student outlets. 
  • We accept applications from teams of journalists; however, the application must be led and submitted by a woman or nonbinary journalist, and the team must include at least 50% women.
  • Due to staff capacity, applications are only accepted in English (preferred) or Spanish, but reporting may be published in any language. 
  • Please note that the IWMF is unable to work with news outlets (such as the BBC) that do not honor the program's crediting requirements.

Note: The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all women, nonbinary and gender nonconforming journalists.

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot answer questions by phone or provide applicants with individual feedback. Please review the information on our website before beginning your application.

If you have any further questions, please email program coordinator, Taylor Moore, at'