AmeriCorps VISTA: Fundraising & Development

Malama Kaua`i’s Fundraising & Development VISTA will build financial capacity for a variety of agriculture, education, and sustainable economic development related programs to fight hunger and increase food security on the most remote populated landmass in the world. The VISTA will be primarily responsible for building and improving tools and systems that enhance the organization’s effectiveness in generating revenue through grants, earned income opportunities, and donations. This position will begin May 1st, based out of our headquarters in Kilauea.

You will:

Increase the financial capacity of Malama Kaua`i and build the capacity of community-based food access and education programs through effective grant management
– Writing and submitting grants and related reports for various projects
– Managing upcoming and awarded grants pipelines

Expand fundraising activities that also increase food access and educational opportunities for the community
– Organizing and managing fundraising events that provide educational opportunities for residents
– Expanding earned income opportunities through improvements to, and diversification of, donation-based farm stand and farmers market sales and offerings
– Organizing educational workshops on agriculture and sustainability to empower residents to produce more of their own food, lower their cost of living, and create economic opportunities
– Recruiting and placing volunteers in roles to support these events and activities

Develop business and community partnerships to maximize opportunities for cash and in-kind donation attainment of needed supplies, materials, and services
– Identifying community and business groups to approach for support
– Creating and delivering a presentation on the organization, its programs’ impact in the community, needs, and opportunities for the community to connect
– Attending community events for outreach and networking across the island
– Making direct donation requests to meet programmatic needs


  • Strong organizational, multitasking, and writing abilities
  • Strong computer and administrative skills, including Gmail, Google Drive/Docs, Calendaring, etc.
  • A warm and outgoing, aloha-first attitude
  • Some exposure to, or experience in, fundraising


AmeriCorps VISTA is a year-long, full-time community service opportunity through the Corporation for National & Community Service. You must be at least 18 to serve. Program Benefits Include:

– Bi-Weekly Living Allowance of $641.20
– Choice of $6,095 Education Award or $1,800 End of Service Stipend
– Healthcare Coverage, Relocation Allowance, Student Loan Forbearance, and Childcare Assistance, if eligible

AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a small subsistence allowance and should evaluate their financial situation to ensure that they are able to complete the full one-year term. The CNCS provides the living allowance to cover the cost of food, housing, and other basic necessities during service. The allowance is low because a VISTA member is expected to live at approximately the same economic level as the people they serve. You may attend school or have another part-time job during service, but will be expected to work on a full-time basis in this program (typically a Tuesday through Saturday work schedule).

TO APPLY: Click here to apply on the MyAmeriCorps website.