The Development Officer supports the Annual Fund, which currently provides approximately 50% of ECF’s budget. This involves managing and manipulating the prospect database, creating a strategy for annual fund cultivation and stewardship, board involvement, coordinating fundraising-related activities in direct support to the Annual Fund and for other select initiatives and affinity groups as part of a larger fundraising strategy. In collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy & Communications and the Communications Coordinator, the Development Officer is responsible for managing the spring and fall appeal mailings. The Development Officer also maintains a portfolio of prospects to meet one-on-one to retain and upgrade annual gifts, and build pipeline for major gifts prospects.
In collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy and Communications, develop and implement fundraising strategy for to grow mid-level and annual fund giving, with particular focus on renewals and upgrades at all levels, while overseeing donor-related events. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Analyze giving history/data to recommend strategy to increase annual giving
Project manage appeal mailings, including development of donor /prospect recipient lists
Monitor and report annual fund and overall fundraising progress to board and colleagues via “dashboard” and donor lists every quarter or more often as needed
Select and maintain portfolio of 25-50 annual fund prospects
Manage consultant and coordinate annual fundraising event
Lead strategy and content development for communications that supports annual fund, the production of which will be executed by communications staff
Process and acknowledge gifts
Coordinate and manage events for select affinity groups for fundraising purposes, which includes helping to coordinate with Program Office the annual Grants Award Celebration/Annual Meeting, and other groups; develop and execute appropriate strategies for following up with guests after events
Support ECF fundholders in soliciting annual gifts to augment their funds
Assist with crafting strategies for communicating with prospects both by giving history and by affinity group
Document contacts and interactions with donors and prospects
Bachelor's degree or higher, with preference for background in journalism, communications, or liberal arts
At least 5 years of experience in annual fund management and event coordination preferred
Excellent written and verbal skills
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, history of meeting deadlines
Experienced in working with donor database, such as Raiser's Edge
Ability to work with a wide variety of people
Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel; proficiency with Access desirable
Discretion and ability to work with confidential financial information
Additional Salary Information: •Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience; a group health PPO; long term disability; 403b retirement plan and generous vacation & holiday schedule.
Helping Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, just and inclusive community, the Evanston Community Foundation builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good.
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