Capacity and Fundraising Improvement VISTA, American Gateways

American Gateways was founded in 1987 to help refugees fleeing war in Central America. We
have grown to become one of the most effective and efficient nonprofit providers of immigration
legal services in the nation. Based in Austin, we serve 23 Central Texas counties and four Texas
detention centers. We provide culturally sensitive, trauma-informed legal representation and
education to over 12,000 low income immigrants from 72 countries annually. Our staff is
supplemented by dedicated volunteers, pro bono attorneys and VISTA members, leveraging over
$700,000 in pro bono and volunteer work a year.


This VISTA Member will work closely with the Director of Development and other staff to
improve and expand American Gateways’ infrastructure and capacity with a focus on
maintaining and improving the donor database and fundraising systems and procedures, creating
data reporting templates, training staff on new systems and working on special projects. With
these effective systems in place, our agency will have better data, better systems and more
efficient work systems, allowing us to serve people more efficiently, provide better data to
current and new funders, raise additional funds and ultimately help more people acquire
improved immigration status, which pulls entire families out of poverty. Full training and
support provided.


Pay is $15,950/year living stipend plus AmeriCorps VISTA benefits: training, relocation assistance, health insurance, end of service award (cash or education).



  • Maintain and improve donor database: evaluate database design and data fields; make
  • recommendations for improvement
  • Create templates for data reporting
  • Create monthly outward facing newsletter for donors and other partners
  • Train staff on database use
  • Develop systems and procedures for fundraising events, annual appeal and other donation
  • revenue generation programs
  • Coordinate connections with key funding stakeholders, including city council members,
  • commissions and other officials
  • System Development/Special Projects: create systems and develop agency resources
  • Co-create social media materials and assets; support implementation of social media plan
  • – including giving days, donor events, etc.


  • Passion and dedication to the mission of American Gateways (please visit
  • for our mission and to learn more about us)
  • Strong skills in communications, writing and editing
  • Strong computer skills
  • Experience with databases
  • Ability to work well with diverse team
  • Bachelor’s Degree (will consider significant life experience in lieu of degree)

How to Apply:

Step 1: Apply through the AmeriCorps VISTA system.
Step 2: Submit supplementary application materials to American Gateways: