Foundation Director


| Willmar, MN |  October 15, 2018

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Job Summary:
The Foundation Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all Bethesda Foundation fundraising and marketing initiatives, including the annual fund, major gifts program, planned giving, events, employee giving, grants, endowment campaigns and capital campaigns, by performing duties personally or through subordinates. The Foundation Director is also responsible for implementing best practices for gift agreements, donor stewardship and gift/grants administration.

Job Relationships:
Reports to: CEO
Liason to: Foundation Board of Directors
Internal Relationships: Department Directors,
Employees, Investment Manager, Auditors,
Residents, Tenants, Clients, Club Members, Volunteers
External Relationships: Family Members, Community Members, Visitors, Businesses, Foundations

Hours of Work: This position is an exempt, salaried position that primarily requires business hours, as well as additional flexibility outside of business hours on a needs basis.

Dress Code: Casual Professional

Essential Requirements of Work: (Minimum qualifications necessary to function at full productivity.)

Education and Training:
1. A Bachelor’s Degree in the fields of fundraising, marketing, sales and advertising, public relations or communications is preferred. A Master’s Degree is encouraged.
2. Proficiency in software programs used at Bethesda, including Bloomerang, Stripe, Matrix, Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites.

Preferred Experience Knowledge and Skills:
1. A minimum of five years’ experience in fundraising, preferably in a health care or related sector.
2. A member in good standing of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
3. Knowledge of professional and ethical standards for fundraising executives.
4. Superior interpersonal and relationship building skills and organizational skills.
5. Excellent writing skills and grant writing experience.
6. Experience and skill at public speaking.
7. Knowledge of fundraising resources (databases, directories) and donor research techniques.
8. Basic knowledge of legal and tax matters relative to charitable contributions and fundraising.

Physical Demands of Job:
Light duty position with prolonged periods of sitting.

Mental Demands of Job:
1. Independent action required on a continual basis, making financials decisions and work process decisions.
2. Effect of error may lead to possible loss of a significant donor or possible alienation of general public from facility.
3. Ability to manage multiple projects on an ongoing basis and effectively organize and prioritize workload and deadlines.

Principle Job Responsibilities:
1. Fundraising/Annual Fund:
a. Establish fundraising goals, objectives, strategies, schedules, and analysis of results for each element of the Annual Fund.
b. Research, identify and evaluate prospective donors.
c. Keep thorough donor profiles in Bloomerang to support the moves management process and ensure organization memory of donor relationships.
d. Build relationships with prospects and maintain contact with current donors through events, direct mail, phone and personal visits.
e. Propose funding related projects and develop projects by working with leadership team and department directors.
f. Initiate and organize campaigns for individuals, corporations, member churches and foundations.
g. Conduct an annual appeal campaign.
h. Coordinate Foundation Board of Director meetings and provide quarterly Foundation reports.
i. Maintain accurate accounting of restricted and unrestricted income and sources.
j. Work closely with administration and finance to ensure timely and accurate gift/grant management.
k. Accept gifts from donors according to Foundation policy.

2. Major Gift and Planned Giving Programs:
a. Formulate, implement and manage major gift and planned giving programs. Research major gift/planned giving prospects for cultivation.
b. Build relationships, communicate with and solicit donations from major/planned giving donor prospects.
c. Produce and keep print and online marketing/support materials up-to-date.
d. Fulfill all information requests.
e. Design and implement an effective major gift/planned giving donor stewardship program and legacy society.

3. Events:
a. Innovate, develop and execute Bethesda Foundation fundraisers, friend-raisers and other events throughout the year to inspire fundraising support, program development, relationship building and media attention to highlight the Foundation’s mission.
b. Manage all aspects of events, including but not limited to, prospective attendee mailing lists, invitation creation, event budgets, silent auctions, vendors, volunteers, event closeouts, receipting, etc.
c. Attend other community and non-profit events to ensure Bethesda’s presence and enhance public relations.

4. Employee Giving:
a. Raise awareness about the importance of philanthropy at Bethesda by building community and fostering positive attitudes toward giving among employees.
b. Increase annual giving participation that will demonstrate employee commitment to Bethesda’s mission.

5. Grants:
a. Research and identify potential government, corporate, foundation and private grant opportunities.
b. Write and submit grant requests, including letters, proposals, supporting documents, budgets and presentations.
c. Maintain a calendar to ensure timely submission and follow-up reporting.
d. Initiate and maintain relationships with grant giving agency staff.

6. Capital/Endowment Campaigns:
a. Responsible for overall capital or endowment campaign management and organization including pipelines, prospect tracking, strategy, task assignment and maintenance of timelines, researching and identifying prospects, scheduling meetings, preparing talking points, assembling presentations, and full meeting prep for board members, campaign volunteers and staff.
b. Write all campaign correspondence including solicitation proposals, meeting requests and meeting follow up.
c. Maintain master campaign research management spreadsheet.
d. Maintain campaign calendar to maximize cultivation events and keep campaign committee on track.
e. Organize and monitor volunteer assignments and follow-up and assist in all aspects of volunteer-led events.
f. Oversee acknowledgement of all campaign gifts and pledges and preparation of pledge payment reminders and pledge agreements.

7. Database/Records Management and Gift Acknowledgement:
a. Record all Foundation gifts in Bloomerang software.
b. Analyze and maintain database of donors and prospects.
c. Generate reports and other collection data as needed.
d. Manage accompanying information systems, maintain security and quality controls.
e. Thank all major gift donors in person or via phone and enlist board members to acknowledge major gifts. Mail or deliver in person, written appreciation acknowledgements and tax receipts within one week of gift receipt. Evaluate, adapt and maintain a comprehensive donor recognition program.

8. Development/Public Relations/Marketing:
a. Supervise all development and public relations matters.
b. Responsible for creation and publication of various communications, including the annual/social accountability report, presentations, newsletters and executive correspondence.
c. Manage organization wide mailing lists.
d. Responsible for creation and production of all Foundation program marketing materials.
e. In conjunction with the Community Director, manage overall organization website, social media accounts and all marketing materials, ensuring that branding guidelines are followed.
f. Contribute to Bethesda Cares program through event support, employee recognition programs and Bethesda week implementation.
g. Maintain relationships with Member Churches through personal contact, temple talks and mailings.

9. Budget and Financial Reporting:
a. Ensure budgetary compliance in all spending decisions.
b. Reconcile Foundation income (donations, grants, investments, etc.) each month with finance department.
c. Work with auditors and investment manager to ensure Foundation compliance.

Professional and Personal Growth:
1. Participate in annual performance evaluation process.
2. Establish yearly work goals.
3. Accept constructive criticism and suggestions gracefully.
4. A member in good standing of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
5. Be familiar with Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, and responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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