Lead the development of grant proposals to federal and state agencies and private foundations, with a focus on major gifts and special projects. Manage logistics for development of complex proposals, including coordinating teams of staff across and outside the organization, implementing grant development schedules, and meticulous attention to detailed guidelines. Develop fundraising strategies and oversee budget creation for project requests. Research, identify, and cultivate potential foundations/government donors. Oversee grant administration, including reporting schedules and adherence to funder regulations, terms, and conditions.
Led fundraising, marketing, and public relations programs and drove growth of the Development Department, reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer. Directed responsibility for donor stewardship, proposal writing, direct mail, special events and Raiser's Edge database management. Led Annual Fund and Capital Campaign plans. Implemented donor solicitation plans. Developed content for all external fundraising, marketing and PR materials, including grants, direct mail, newsletters, letters from the CEO, acknowledgments, ad and web copy, and press releases. Worked directly with external design firm and printers to produce all solicitation and marketing materials. Chaired internal HELP (Helping Enrich the Lives of Our Participants) Committee, overseeing the distribution of mini-grants, fundraising and execution of benefit events.
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