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


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  • Lackawanna, New York, POSITION SUMMARY :                                       The Director of Annual Giving (DAG) is responsible for: the development and creation of a successful annual direct-mail program to engage both new and active donors along with an annual an electronic giving campaign. He/She will be responsible for the timely and accurate acknowledgment of donations, as well as striving toward excellence in regard to the quality of the “donor experience” at OLV. In addition, the DAG is responsible for all associate giving programs. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : Oversee the creation and production of productive and cost-effective direct-mail pieces to both new (acquisition) and active donors Lead all efforts related to electronic giving Responsible for the timely and accurate acknowledgment of donations Maintain OLV Charities commitment to excellence in regard to the quality of the “donor experience” Create and lead the associate giving program for all OLV employees (OLV Charities, OLV Human Services, OLV National Shrine & Basilica, OLV Elementary School) Perform all other related duties, and functions as assigned SKILLS Track record in leading an aggressive fundraising program and achieving defined goals Possesses strong interpersonal skills with ability to build positive relationships with others Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills Ability to take initiative and problem solve issues creatively and independently Ability to analyze and interpret data, identify trends and make recommendations that translate into results Ability to research information and utilize it for making decisions Strong time management and organizational skills Ability to be both an excellent team leader and team player Strong computer skills, including utilizing database systems like Blackbaud NXT Ability to use Microsoft Office products as well as a variety of social media and web-content tools. Skilled at providing clear, timely feedback to others and coaching for performance results Ability to set and communicate expectations, assist with setting performance goals, holding direct reports accountable to outcomes Ability to manage direct report(s), monitor and assess job performance Skilled at interviewing and selecting talent Ability to demonstrate OLV Charities’ values and mission EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE B.A./B.S. Degree in a related field (Communications, Marketing, Business, etc.) required Master’s Degree or CFRE credentialing preferred Minimum 3-5 years of experience in increasingly responsible fundraising and leadership roles Experience in annual direct mail fundraising preferred Experience with utilizing database systems, preferably with Blackbaud NXT Experience and skill in supervising and managing others Experience in the health and human services sector preferred
  • Sarasota, Florida, Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) is seeking a dynamic EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR to lead the organization. The Executive Director is the key management leader of ARC and responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, strategic plan and fundraising  insuring short/long term financial sustainability through services and fundraising efforts. Other key duties include marketing, community outreach, program design and human resource activities.   GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 1)  Board Governance : Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.  Responsible for leading ARC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors. Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions. 2)  Financial Performance and Viability : Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.  Responsible for the fiscal integrity of ARC to include working with the organization’s Controller on the submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization. Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position. Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support ARC’s mission. 3)  Organization Mission and Strategy : Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach. Responsible for sustainability of ARC’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission. Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that ARC can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future. Responsible for the enhancement of ARC’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations. 4)  Organization Operations.  Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.  Responsible effective administration of ARC’s operations. Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.  Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization. 5) Fundraising and Communications: Oversees and implements short and long range Fund-Development and Communications Plan. Responsible for grant research, creation of grant database and grant cycle calendar. Strong grant writing and reporting skills. Maintain and establish new relationships with local, state and national foundations. Identify, cultivate and develop donor relationships. Maintain and establish relationship with media outlets. Write and submit press releases. Create and implement all marketing campaigns and social media activity. Conceptualize and implement all facets of special events and fundraisers A minimum Bachelor’s degree or minimum of 5 years comparable executive level work experience is required. CFRE certification & knowledge of the Sarasota/Manatee County is preferred.  The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. See www.mbjgroup.com for full job description under Current Searches.  Qualified applicants should send their resume, cover letter and preferred salary requirements to Karen@mbjgroup.com by October 30, 2020. Benefits: Time pd off, health, and 403b
  • N/A,,  Mercy For Animals is looking for an extraordinary development leader to join our team.  As vice president of development , you will lead a high-volume, high-quality donor-centered fundraising enterprise. In this new position, you will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for annual giving, leadership giving, advancement services, donor relations, and events and guide a team of motivated, high-performance fundraising professionals toward success.   You will expand a mission to make our fundraising system leaner, more responsive to donors, and quicker to capitalize on innovation and increase our revenue from annual and mid-level giving, sustainers, events, and foundations through data-driven, donor-focused strategies.  You will do invaluable work : Spearhead the effort to make the Mercy For Animals fundraising system leaner, more responsive to donors, and quicker to capitalize on innovation Oversee project management to keep teams on budget and on time Increase our revenue from annual and mid-level giving, sustainers, events, and foundations through data-driven, donor-focused strategies Lead and support a team of dedicated development professionals and promote their success through training, coaching, and mentoring Ensure department efficiency by overseeing business processes, optimizing development operations, and supporting systems to complement fundraising and donor-engagement programs Oversee creation of timely and compelling content for fundraising appeals, proposals, donor presentations, and donor impact reports  Serve as a member of the Mercy For Animals leadership team responsible for devising and implementing strategic plans and policies Be willing to travel extensively Perform any other duties assigned  Your qualifications will take our development team to the next level: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, leadership, nonprofit studies, or similar field from a U.S.-accredited college or university (advanced degree preferred) CFRE certification (from the Association of Fundraising Professionals preferred) or interest in obtaining Ten years’ experience in fundraising leadership and team management, with relevant positions of increasing responsibility and scope  Experience with Salesforce and WealthEngine (strongly preferred) Desire to work for a nonprofit with an inspiring mission Proven track record of leading fundraising success  Demonstrated success in charitable-giving methodology and analytics, including digital and direct-mail marketing, social media, and sustainer programs Passion for the purpose and mission of Mercy For Animals Developed writing skills that can be applied to donor engagement and activation across multiple platforms Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, and transparent environment Resourcefulness, attention to detail, and the ability to provide solutions and clarity where needed Passion for building and motivating world-class, high-performing fundraising teams   Is this the right fit? Absolutely, if this sounds like you : I’m a deeply passionate and accomplished development leader with a strong history of success in fundraising planning and execution, especially with annual giving, advancement services, events and donor relations, and planned-gift solicitations. I have exemplary interpersonal and communication skills and work well with others. I am a fierce advocate of farmed animal welfare initiatives and relate to Mercy For Animals’ mission and vision.    Enjoy a commute-free life as a remote team member. In addition to a collaborative and innovative work environment, you will be able to take part in our benefits package, including no- or low-cost health, vision, and dental insurance; generous paid time off and sick leave; and 401(k) retirement plan, with a dollar-to-dollar employer match of up to 3 percent of your annual salary. We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications, so be sure to convey in your cover letter your general fit for the role, outlining relevant experience and your overall alignment with our organizational vision, mission, and values. Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization. We embrace new perspectives and innovative ideas that come only from a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment. We are committed to the principles of equality, equity, and justice, and our culture celebrates authenticity, enabling every team member to be their best self. All employment decisions are based solely on individual qualifications, job needs, and job requirements, and potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, veteran status, and ability are encouraged to apply. We strive to include and encourage candidates from historically marginalized communities and those from or in communities impacted by environmental, social, and economic injustice. Come as you are, and help us transform our society and construct a truly compassionate food system.
  • New York, New York, Position Summary: The Major and Planned Giving Officer is a lead relationship and fund management position at Union Theological Seminary (“Union”) responsible for the planning, implementation, and execution of a strategy to attract major, planned, and legacy donors to partner with Union to fulfill their philanthropic and financial goals. This position reports to the VP Development and Alumni/ae Relations and will work closely with the VP to expand Union’s relationships with current and prospective donors and professional advisors, educating them about Union philanthropic opportunities and charitable giving options They will work to move current and prospective donors through the donor cycle including identifying, qualifying, engaging, evaluating, soliciting, recognizing and stewarding current and future major donors, planned giving prospects, and legacy donors.   Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Respond to inquiries from prospects, donor representatives and professional advisors regarding major, planned, and legacy gifts. Work collaboratively with Union’s communication team to develop new print and online materials about charitable giving options for prospective donors and professional advisors Conduct professional advisor and donor research; and draft and prepare fund agreements Maintain a high level of expertise regarding state and federal taxes, gift and estate giving methods and the legal aspects of charitable giving Provide Professional Advisors Services- Solicit and schedule meetings with professional advisors to educate them about Union. This will include individual meetings, as well as small and large group meetings and presentations (they can be in person or virtual) Promptly and accurately respond to professional advisor requests for information about Union services and charitable giving options Identify new professional advisors and track contacts with advisors and client referrals Employ an effective major donor prospect management system, assuming a portfolio of prospects for cultivation and engagement with a goal of encouraging new charitable funds, the development and stewardship of legacy gifts, and support of Union and our initiatives Develop and implement the organizational strategy for donor, fund holder and professional advisor education and engagement in partnership with the President, EVP, and VP Development and Alumni/ae Relations In collaboration with the President, EVP and the VP of Finance, serve as primary contact with legal counsel on issues related to unusual or complex gifts. Update the gift acceptance policies as needed. Participate in recognition events for current donors and fund holders, professional advisors, and legacy donors. Help design and participate in targeted prospective donor and professional advisor educational programs. Participate in the creation of annual development department plans, goals and strategies. Attend staff meetings and serve on internal committees as appropriate. Contribute to Union publications and marketing materials by providing data, reports, content and proofreading as needed. Contribute to communications content, when appropriate, including impact reports, press releases, blog posts, op-eds, and letters to the editor. Represent Union at meetings and events which may occur during or outside of normal work hours. Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle – initiate contacts with potential leadership and major gift donors, develop appropriate cultivation strategies, move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward fund creation, and maintain stewardship contact with donors. Work collaboratively with colleagues, volunteer leadership, and professional advisors (attorneys, wealth advisors, accountants, and trust officers) to cultivate and expand current giving by planned gift donors. Oversee process of establishing new funds by assisting donors in selecting philanthropic interests that complement and enhance donors’ goals. Support the giving interests and practices of our donors and fund holders, creating rewarding experiences and high impact results. Plan, implement, and evaluate donor cultivation and stewardship events such as small gatherings, luncheons, cocktail events, and educational opportunities to build partnerships with donors. Maintain a broad understanding of  Union Theological Seminary  and use this knowledge to maintain relationships with current, new, and prospective donors and fund holders. Other duties as assigned. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Ideal Candidate: Union is seeking a professional who is energized by being a critical member of a dynamic team helping to increase philanthropy at Union. The successful candidate must have the following: Deep commitment to philanthropy and higher education Proven fundraising success and 5 – 7 years of major gift and planned giving experience demonstrating initiative, self-motivation, and follow-through Technical and administrative self-sufficiency and high attention to detail are required  to maintain a moves management system (Raisers Edge) for identified donor prospects Excellent organizational and time management skills Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite Exceptional verbal and written communications skills Ability and willingness to manage multiple tasks and priorities Congenial personality, sense of humor, self-aware, flexible, resourceful, emotionally intelligent, confident, self-motivated, and results-oriented Candidates with professional affiliations and CFP, CAP, and/or CFRE certifications preferred  
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, The Asper Foundation, a Winnipeg-based philanthropic organization, develops major projects and provides general support to the Jewish Community while also supporting the broader community in areas of culture, education, community development, and human rights on a local, national and international scale. The Asper Foundation is seeking an Executive Director to take a leadership role in the day-to-day operations. The Executive Director is responsible for handling a broad range of charitable activities including third party requests, managing existing programs and developing new initiatives. As a member of the Asper Foundation’s Executive team, the Executive Director will also advise the President and Board of Trustees on strategic decisions and in engaging the 3rd generation of the Asper family to help nurture the Foundation’s future leaders. More information is available at http://bit.ly/AF-ED and www.asperfoundation.com If you believe you can make a strong contribution to The Asper Foundation in the role of Executive Director, please contact Lisa Cefali – Partner, Executive Search & Strategic Development at Lisa.Cefali@legacybowes.com or (204) 934-8833 CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS The Executive Director must be a creative leader with excellent written and oral communication skills, who brings an entrepreneurial approach to achieving the Foundation’s desired outcomes and is committed to the Asper Foundation’s Vision “To lead by example and inspire others to give back to their community through tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world though social action)”.

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