Job Overview: The Annual Fund Manager joins the Development team as a dedicated and experienced fundraising professional who manages important aspects of Walking Mountains’ annual fund raising campaign. This includes but is not limited to: annual individual giving (less than $10,000); corporate sponsorships; EdVenture membership ($1K+ donor cultivation); and special events. This individual is responsible for cultivation and stewardship of donors as it relates to annual giving; and management and creation of special fundraising events. The Annual Fund Manager will work closely with the VP, Development and development team to meet fiscal year fundraising goals.
• Provide leadership for the cultivation and stewardship of entry to mid-level gifts, including actively prospecting for new donors. • Work as a key player on the development team which raises approximately $2 million annually in addition to capital fundraising. • Oversee important aspects of the annual fund, including personal solicitation, donor relations, stewardship, as well as direct mail to meet or exceed annual fund goals. • Manage organization’s participation in Colorado Gives Day to ensure success. • Create strategy to inspire donors to higher giving levels. • Identify, cultivate and steward a portfolio of approximately 150 relationships. • Working with the VP of Development and development team, determine annual revenue goals and create strategy for achieving them. • Work with Marketing Director and Development team on creation of Annual Report.
• Provide management for annual fundraising events including the organization’s signature annual gala. Explore the creation of new events. • Coordinate annual EdVenture donor stewardship events in collaboration with the development team. • Work closely with the Marketing Director to implement all special events marketing and promotion.
• Manage corporate sponsorship program to raise funds for programs and events. • Work with Marketing Director and Program Department staff in fulfillment of donor sponsorship agreements and promotion. • Explore creation of a Corporate Partners Program to increase support from the corporate community.
Oversee Development Associate:
• Provide leadership and mentoring to Development Associate in all support activities for the Development team. Includes management of donor information and maximizing the capacity of database (Raiser’s Edge).
• As a development professional, he/she should be able to take full ownership of the entry and mid-level donor program of the annual fund and assist in the overall capacity building of the organization. • Hard working, self-motivated, and creative individual with strong “front-line” fundraising skills, special events experience and the ability to manage multiple areas of responsibility. • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and perform multiple tasks with effective time management and organizational skills. • Excellent written, oral communication skills and interpersonal skills are essential. • Strong computer skills and ability to utilize Microsoft Office and a donor software program such as Raiser’s Edge. • Excellent collaborative skills, team player. • A minimum of five years in development positions is required. • A bachelor’s degree is required.
Knowledge of the local donor community is highly preferred.
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