Thanksgiving Point Institute
Director of Annual Giving
Reports to: Director of Development
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments
Date of Last Revision: 08/22/13
Position Summary: The Director of Annual Giving writes and coordinates proposals to request grants from corporations, foundations, and government sources, and directs fund raising efforts focused on mass appeals and large audiences in support of Thanksgiving Point. This individual will also cultivate personal relationships with individual, corporate and foundation donors. Oversight responsibilities include membership and annual giving levels, direct mail, e-mail, and online fundraising campaigns, major fundraising events, and corporate, foundation, and government grant proposals.
Write and manage corporate, foundation, and government proposals.
Plan and implement a wide variety of mass appeals and large-group donor activities that identify, appreciate, involve, and invite donors to contribute.
Develop strategic personal relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Oversee membership, giving levels, and other efforts to acquire, renew, and upgrade members and donors.
Identify and cultivate new donors by researching, qualifying and cultivating individual prospects from a variety of internal and external sources.
Maintain and update Raiser’s Edge database and utilize the database and other research tools to identify new donors and increase giving from existing donors.
Annual Fundraising Gala: With Director of Development, manage annual gala including gala committee, sponsorships, messaging, ticket and table sales, silent and live auction and other logistics.
Annual Fundraising Golf Event: With Director of Development and CEO, plan and implement all details of the annual golf event traditionally held in conjunction with the gala.
Assist with planning and implementing the departmental budget.
Other duties as assigned by Director of Development or CEO.
Required Skills and Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in related field and a minimum of 3 years demonstrated success in creating successful mass-appeal or large-group fundraising campaigns.
Understanding of basic fundraising theories, processes, and techniques.
Experience in writing grant proposals to corporations, foundations, and government is especially helpful.
Ability to plan strategically, think creatively, and build long-term relationships with donors.
Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to work well under pressure and time constraints.
Enjoy working in a collaborative, fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and willingness to learn new database skills. Raiser’s Edge experience a plus.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule; general schedule will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, but regular early morning, late evening and weekend assignments are required.