Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Profile

Self-motivated development professional well-versed in individual, corporate and foundation fundraising techniques. Excellent track record of managing donor relationships and identifying new partnerships to increase philanthropic support. With a marketing and sales background, adept at creating fundraising materials for newsletter and websites to tell appropriate stories and compel supporters. Offering expertise in marketing, relationship building, and ten years of philanthropic efforts.

  • Relationship building and rapport
  • Oral and written communications
  • Strategic planning
  • Fundraising
  • Public speaking
  • Special event planning
  • Grant writing
  • DonorPerfect, Salsa, and Blackbaud donor management software
  • Team leadership
  • Strong verbal communication
Professional Experience
Advancement Director , 07/2019 to Current
The Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyCamden, NJ,

Cultural and educational organization serving local community as well as the region. The Museum needed to drastically increase contributed income, grant funding, and build stronger community relationships.

  • Organized and managed portfolio of donors and cultivated and built authentic relationships through frequent personalized contact
  • Grant writing is a primary focus to support educational efforts and benefit the community and underprivileged population
  • Developed materials and follow-up communications using Altru by Blackbaud for optimal contact and gift tracking
  • With no accompanying staff this position envelopes all facets of fundraising including donor correspondence, event preparation, sponsor recruitment, grant writing, public relations, networking, and some visitor engagement
  • Successes include thriving donor engagement, a 66% increase in end-of-year giving , heightened community awareness, increased museum membership, and quadrupled participation at rooftop events
  • Spearheaded new donor club, Club Discovery, to attract younger donors by allowing ease of automatic, bank drafted monthly donations
Senior Director Of Development, 12/2010 to 04/2019
EastersealsWest Palm Beach, FL,

Not-for-profit healthcare organization serving a regional footprint and daily census of 200 with end-of-life care. With the high cost of healthcare, fundraising was imperative to maintaining a mission of serving all in need of end-of-life care.

  • Implemented relationship-building and healthy stewardship to grow fundraising totals to over $900,000 annually
  • Launched The Butterfly Club - successful annual giving club - to raise foundation of giving, increase the organization's supporter community, and seed donors for future donations
  • Enhanced organizational profile by cultivating relationships with community supporters, corporations, volunteers, and donors
  • Successfully led all marketing efforts for the organization -newsletters, press releases, brochures, and donor appeal letters; managed social media and website content
  • Organized and executed all facets of fundraising and special events
Corporate Events Manager, 06/2009 to 12/2010
Ewing IrrigationCanton, GA,

Entertainment and restaurant venue suited for large corporate meetings and events utilizing A/V capabilities for PowerPoint presentations, theme-focused events, and corporate training opportunities.

  • Led launch and promotion of new innovative business model in this market
  • Grew new business connections by strategically networking with and cultivating relationships with corporate leaders
  • Increased corporate event sales and exposure by developing new marketing and sales materials to optimize target audience reach
  • Implemented and managed administrative logistics of events planning, including contract signing, fee collection, event booking and event promotions
Account Executive/ Marketing Consultant, 03/1998 to 06/2009
Centennial BroadcastingCity, STATE,

Regional radio broadcasting family of stations catering to varied audiences and genres of music and entertainment. With a 40-county reach and #1 rated morning show, 92.5 WINC FM was the stand-out.

  • Identified and developed relationships with key clients by closely listening, providing information, and resolving concerns
  • Analyzed market trends then composed advertising and marketing campaigns to enhance brand identity for a variety of industries
  • Guided clients in generating revenue, hiring staff, and gaining market share with on-air promotions and advertising packages
  • Used creative writing to compose ongoing ad campaigns for more than 200 clients
  • Grew and sustained large book of business for more than a decade
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John Handley High School - Winchester, VA
Bachelor of Arts: Communications/Marketing, Expected in
West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV
Community Involvement

Director, Jubilee Soup Kitchen, First Presbyterian Church (1999-2003)
Member, Board of Directors, William & Henry Evans Home for Children (2002-2006)
Member, Board of Directors, Blue Ridge Hospice (2003-2010)
President, Board of Directors, Blue Ridge Hospice (2008-2010)
Chair, The Butterfly Club (Annual Giving Club), Blue Ridge Hospice (2008-present)

Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Tri-State Chapter (2011-2020)

Communications Chair, Board of Directors, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Tri-State Chapter (2018-2020)

Chair, Board of Directors, Cheers to Charity (501c3), (2019-2020)

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