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Digital Learning Opportunities

Looking for online learning opportunities? Check out these options from our Participating Organizations:

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
ALDE (Association of Lutheran Development Executives) CAGP (Canadian Association of Gift Planners)


FIA (Fundraising Institute Australia)

CFRE Job Center

  • Alexandria, Virginia, Zero Abuse Project, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children from abuse and sexual assault, seeks a part-time fundraising contractor to secure major gifts. Responsibilities: Identify, cultivate, and steward annual donors and solicit multi-year pledges Conduct research to identify major gift prospects. Develop and execute solicitation strategies for each assigned prospect, ensuring regular and systematic contact. Work closely with CEO, Director of Development and Board Members to engage new stakeholders and donors Assist the organization in creating, organizing, and implementing fundraising campaigns Provide CEO and Board of Directors support for donor visit acquisition and solicitation Identify potential donor testimonials for highlighting on website and in newsletters, grants, and promotional/fundraising videos Meet or exceed strategic goals, routinely reporting on progress Assist with organizational events and sponsorships with specific fundraising goals Major Gifts Officer reports to the CEO. Qualifications: BA (required), MA (a plus) 5+ years’ experience in development Experience leading successful fundraising strategies for a mission-driven organization Proven track record of achieving fundraising targets and goals Proven experience in working a major gift from start to close Demonstrated track record at the major giving level Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills Excellent writing and copy-editing skills Awareness of and adherence to AFP Code of Ethical Standards Excellent references
  • Memphis, Tennessee, The Director of Development in the Southeast Regional office will work to strategically build the development effort to meet and exceed our ambitious fundraising goals, currently set at 1.6 million. The Director of Development will focus primarily on major gifts work, with responsibility for managing a portfolio of donors with the capacity to give gifts of $5000 and above. In addition, the Director will work to grow and support our pipeline of donors, of all types and at all levels, and advance Facing History’s visibility and profile in the region. You are a lifelong learner and a fundraising and relationship management expert who shares our passion for education, youth and community.  You can communicate our mission effectively and convey urgency for our work. You are confident in your abilities to build relationships and secure funding for a worthy cause.  You are an experienced leader and coach who is energized by the success of your team. You bring your experience and unique perspective to make us stronger together. You thrive in a team environment, bringing both strong collaboration skills and independent initiative.   Commensurate with experience
  • Los Angeles, California, Location:  Los Angeles area ABOUT BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. When Best Friends began in 1984, some 17 million animals died every year in America's shelters, simply for not having homes. Today, that number is down to 625,000.  That's incredible progress, but it also means that more than 2,000 wonderful dogs and cats are still losing their lives every day. For 30 years, Best Friends has been running the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs all across the country that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes. Headquartered in Kanab, Utah, Best Friends Animal Society has a $100 million annual budget with more than 800 staff located throughout the country. This includes a facility in Mission Hills and our Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in West LA.  Best Friends has more than 100 staff working in the LA metro area.  Best Friends was top-rated in 2017 by  Great Non-Profits  and a  GuideStar Platinum  participant, and was named 2018 Animal Welfare Brand of the Year by Harris Poll Equi-Trend. SUMMARY:  Reporting to the Regional Gifts Officer, the Regional Gift Advisor will be responsible for raising major and principal gifts and soliciting six-figure gifts from prospects and donors in the Greater Los Angeles area.  This position will develop a portfolio of major and principal gift level donors in the region. This position will be instrumental in creating, implementing and promoting the goals of Best Friends Animal Society, raising funds, creating strong and solid relationships with significant prospects and donors. The Regional Gift Advisor will work from a home office based in Los Angeles and will meet with donors up to 60 percent of the time. THE OPPORTUNITY:  The ideal candidate will have a track record and history of cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts (including gifts of $1,000,000+); a track record of developing a portfolio of donors that have major and principal gift giving potential; success as a builder of sustainable donor engagement and relationships; experience being a part of a collaborative fundraising team, knowledge of best practices in major gift philanthropy; ability to see the big picture and translate strategy into targeted goals and actions. As a member of our staff, you will enjoy a common purpose with your colleagues along with challenging and rewarding work that provides a sense of purpose and superior emotional rewards. Best Friends employees are passionate in their love for animals and share the same goals and ideals in helping make the world a better place for them and for us all. Best Friends is in the final year of its first comprehensive fundraising campaign that is dependent on major gifts as well as gifts from corporations, foundations and the organization's entry level donors. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 10 years major and principal gifts fundraising experience, with a non-profit organization and deep knowledge of the LA market. Proven track record of raising major gifts of at least $25,000 up to $1,000,000+ Embodies the Best Friends' Mission and embraces the guiding principles with enthusiasm and positive presence in all interactions; ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' positions on issues. EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree required, CFRE a plus. Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society.  Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.
  • Traverse City, Michigan, SUMMARY The Chief Development Officer leads and guides the development and implementation of Munson Healthcare’s comprehensive fundraising efforts, assures alignment with MHC purpose, mission, values and strategy, cultivates a culture of philanthropy, and motivates a team to deliver short and long-term objectives in evolving and growing system fundraising efforts.  SPECIFIC DUTIES Supports the purpose, mission, vision, values and principles of Munson Healthcare. Embraces and supports the Munson Alignment framework. Provides the leadership and vision for the Foundation that supports True North performance and MHC’s strategic goals. Designs and implements a comprehensive development strategy that delivers year-over-year growth from individuals, foundations, planned giving, grants, etc. Establishes and implements systems and processes to sustain diverse fundraising capability across a broad array of fund-raising channels. Leads stewardship and cultivation with major donors. Achieves campaign targets to support MHC strategic organizational priorities by energizing and engaging funding source. Promotes MHC to new audiences and prospects, generating new interest and support for the organization, and increasing the depth and breadth of private, individual and institutional support. Fosters a culture of philanthropy; builds long-lasting relationships with donors and Munson Healthcare.  Connect people, their passion, and financial resources to support programs at Munson Healthcare. Recognizes donors for their commitment and contributions to improve lives in this region. Leads and develops Foundation team to continuously improve effectiveness.  Develop open and trusting relationship with Foundation team, board members, donors and key community members in order to support program needs and opportunities. Develops and maintains cost effective systems to efficiently operate the Foundation. Assures donor information and data bases are secure and meet high integrity standards.  Maintain confidentiality with donor information.  Maintains accountability and ensures compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals. Identifies, alerts leadership to and addresses any development issues that could hamper achieving stated goals. Performs all other duties assigned. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Bachelor’s degree in business administration or relevant field is required.  A Master’s degree and Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) certification is preferred 10-plus years of experience in development, with demonstrable achievements in management, leadership, coaching, and personal fundraising success; and broad knowledge of all areas of fundraising including major, planned, and annual giving; corporate and foundation support; grants and membership   Proven ability to personally cultivate, solicit, and steward individual and institutional donors at seven to eight-figure levels, and identify and implement strategies to broaden the donor pool with innovative techniques in partnership with the marketing and communications colleagues Demonstrated experience cultivating, training, building relationships with, and working in collaboration with executives, senior staff, and Board members on development-related activities, providing them with quality support and intelligence and increasing their comfort with and success in fundraising Strong interpersonal skills, a collaborative working style, and an enthusiasm for building bridges between and among key constituents Excellent written and oral communication skills, with careful attention to detail. Ability to translate mission and programs into fundraising initiatives that garner financial support. Demonstrated working knowledge of endowments, trusts, restricted gifts, etc. Demonstrated reputation for integrity and high ethical standards Demonstrated skills in organization, verbal and written communications, customer service, critical thinking, managing multiple competing priorities and understanding team dynamics Demonstrated leadership approach to coach and develop team members, focus on process/systems, and have regular interaction with staff to remove barriers that prevent achievement of organizational goals ORGANIZATION Reports to the MHC Chief Executive Officer Works in close collaboration with all MHC Presidents & CEOs Serves on the MHC Executive Team Supports the Board Foundation Committees  Responsible for the MHC fundraising system and collaborates and coordinates with key stakeholders to develop and evolve systems Has direct reporting responsibilities
  • Phoenix, Arizona, Position Purpose Manage all aspects of the Garden’s relationships with corporate and foundation donors and selected government agencies, with revenue generating responsibility for annual operating budget and special initiatives. Work closely with the Visitor Experience & Community Engagement and Desert Horticulture & Conservation teams to identify and develop funding and sponsorship opportunities. Collaborate with Marketing Communications to fulfill sponsorship opportunities. Collaborate with colleagues in Membership & Philanthropy (MAP) and Development Committee to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors.     Essential Duties Responsible for gifts from corporations, corporate foundations, independent foundations, and larger family foundations Support grant requests to government agencies in close collaboration with other Garden teams Develop and describe programs for institutional donors. Identify, research, develop, and implement cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for all institutional prospects. Write proposals for grants and for sponsorships, and serve as a proposal resource for the MAP department. Serve as lead staff member of the internal Program Development Council. Develop and manage all corporate sponsorships in collaboration with the Director of Marketing Communications, appropriate senior managers, and special event planning committees. Serve as a member of the staff team to support the Dinner on the Desert Table Sales & Sponsorship Chair with institutional gifts; support and motivate the Development Committee. Oversee data entry, acknowledgements, and progress reports for institutional gifts with Development Operations. Steward and fulfill donor recognition and benefits, including management and delivery of all institutional giving donor reports. Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteer support and an independent grant-seeking contractor, as needed. Accept assignments for staffing selected volunteers; contribute to prospect review, profile and strategy preparation, proposal development and reports for individuals, etc. Supervise, motivate, coach, and evaluate assigned staff. Competencies Bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ related work experience, preferably in non-profit development Proven track record in building successful relationships and developing winning proposals Ability to identify, research, and manage prospects High level of self-direction, self-motivation, and ability to set priorities, reach goals, consistently meet deadlines, and evaluate and report results Excellent speaking and writing skills Ability to secure support and deliverables from others and work effectively with senior managers, organization leaders, volunteers, and program staff. Skills in planning, project management, and collaboration with others Experience with Sponsorships and Marketing preferred Experience managing staff is a plus Grantsmanship training and experience preferred Proficiency with Microsoft programs, internet research, and budget development Knowledge of Raisers Edge and CFRE certification preferred A valid driver’s license is required Ability to work off-hours with occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays   Equipment Used Typical office equipment.   Internal Communication Frequent interaction with all Garden employees.   External Communication Regular communication with Garden employees, donors, potential donors, and others. This could be in person, via telephone, and/or email.   Working Conditions No physical effort beyond what’s typically required in a normal office environment. Time periods of high workload may require additional hours. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.   Must be able to walk, sit, stand, stoop, kneel, bend, see, hear, speak, read, and type. Manual dexterity and the ability to lift up to 10 pounds required.   Reasonable accommodations may be made, when necessary and feasible, to allow a qualified individual to perform essential job functions.   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Desert Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law.   The Garden fosters and supports workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion to honor the unique perspectives, experiences, and contributions of all, to celebrate successes, and to cultivate individual and institutional excellence.   All employees will help add to the Garden’s diversity and fully embrace it.     This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and deliverables of the role. This is not a contract and should not be viewed as such. Other duties may be assigned by supervisor and/or his/her/their designee.   Salary is commensurate with experience. The Garden provides full health, vision, and dental coverage, wellness support, retirement contributions, professional development resources, generous paid time off, and many other benefits.

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