Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people.
The Anti-Cruelty Society is seeking an innovative development/fundraising leader-or someone with the ambition and talent to become one-to achieve a quantum leap in development performance building on a solid foundation of committed donors to a venerated organization that is 120 years old with new leadership intending to achieve peerless levels of impact utilizing the human/animal bond to change the world.
The Anti-Cruelty Society has been at the forefront of animal welfare and humane education since its founding in 1899.
The celebration of the Society's 120th anniversary included both a reconfirmation of our core commitment to be An Open Door to Compassion-never turning an animal away, and the beginning of a bold and courageous planning process to envision and achieve an even more impactful future. The organization begins the next chapter in its long history with very strong foundations extant in vibrant organizations: an engaged board of directors, a passionate and committed staff with an unusually high average tenure of service, a solid financial base far greater than not-for-profit best practices, a large and loyal donor base, and a broad array of services.
The current operating budget is $8.7 million. Development and fundraising revenue (not including bequests) is $3.8 million.
The vanguard of animal welfare is expanding life-saving services beyond traditional boundaries and buildings into communities where services are not present but most needed. The Anti-Cruelty Society is poised to take a leadership position in this enterprise as it embarks upon Imagine 125, Our Envisioned Future, a dynamic process of planning the future of the organization. The aspirations of the organization will require significant growth in development revenue.
Reporting to the Director of Development and working with the VP Mission Advancement, the Senior Donor Relations Manager strengthen relationships and the financial sustainability of The Anti-Cruelty Society by identifying,engaging, cultivating,soliciting, and stewarding current and prospective donors to expand their financial support of the work of The Anti-Cruelty Society. This role is responsible for a portfolio of leadership annual giving prospects as well as multi-channel fundraising efforts, from e philanthropy and direct mail to online giving and digital campaigns. Key responsibilities also include strategy and oversight for donor engagement and special events that focus on friend raising and enhanced fundraising.
Manage a portfolio of leadership annual giving prospects through the identification,cultivation, solicitation, and renewal process with an emphasis on $1,000 to $10,000 gifts with an effort of gift expansion
Collaborate with Marketing team to plan, design and create materials to support all fund raising efforts, including direct mail, email,and social media
Leverage internal resources and talents to establish a dynamic online presence that is seamlessly coordinated with external communications efforts
Partner closely with Marketing social media efforts to identify outstanding opportunities to reinforce fundraising campaigns and boost online giving
Ensure the highest level of donor stewardship, settling for nothing less than delighted
Create and oversee a comprehensive fundraising plan and multi-channel appeal schedule for acquisition,re-acquisition, and renewal/upgrade donor solicitation series
Build a peerless donor acknowledgement and communication
Partner closely with Donor Ops Manager to ensure annual giving donors are stewarded with thoughtfully and strategically to retain, renew, and upgrade their financial and emotional investment over time
Create targeted, segmented solicitations for specific donors that is tailored or tweaked as needed to meet the needs of the Society's donors and prospects
Assess and recommend new strategies, channels, and projects that fall under the purview of annual giving fundraising
Develop the strategy for all events including stewardship and cultivation events and manage the Special Events Manager's to launch effective and successful events that focus on fundraising and friend
Serve as team lead for Giving Tuesday and other large scale fundraising communications/campaigns
Support grant management efforts
Partner with development colleagues in support of fundraising initiatives and strategies for all giving levels
Perform other duties as assigned.
KeyPersonal Qualities and Abilities
Use knowledge, experience, data and good judgment to identify needs and recommend changes in building and executing a strong annual giving
Interact externally with various potential donors to solicit, cultivate and steward
Interact internally with Mission Advancement colleagues as well as staff across the Society as needed in order to gather supporting information for collateral and/or gain support/approval. Initiates and engages in collegial, transparent strategy discussions to help advance the team's goals
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and ability to relate well and work effectively with multiple constituencies and audiences
A team player committed to developing and working within a collaborative environment and ensuring the highest customer service orientation
A compelling drive to present opportunities for making an impact to current and prospective donors with a passion for making the ask.
Comfortable networking and interacting with corporate and individual
A love of animals and a commitment to our mission.
3-5 years related experience in sales, development, or fundraising including events management and donor engagement.
Experienced managing a donor database, as well as the ability to use technology to support work product. Proficiency with Blackbaud Raiser's Edge or equivalent fundraising software.
A self-starter willing to take initiative.
Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail, and creative, out-of-the-box thinker.
A comparable combination of education, experience, or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill and ability required may qualify an individual with significant potential.
Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations, a writing sample and a resume for consideration. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ability. Please note that applications that do not include all required documentation will not be considered.
Direct all applications to:
The Anti-Cruelty Society ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture 157 West Grand Avenue Chicago IL 60654 Facsimile: (888) 391-0164 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org No phone calls please
The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer.