Independent Development & Fundraising Consultant resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
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Professional Summary
An accomplished director of fund development specializing in overall fundraising leadership and management, grant writing, and special events to create cost effective and ongoing sources of revenue, community presence, and mission enhancement. Your organizational success is my job!
  • Presentation/Facilitation
  • Grant & Proposal Writing
  • Social Media Management
  • Special Event Planning
  • Staffing and Recruiting
  • Team Building & Leadership
  • Volunteer/Intern management Microsoft office- PowerPoint, MS Word, Draw, Excel, Adobe, SAP and Access.
  • Access, Raiser's Edge, E-tapestry, and Blackbaud systems, donor perfect, PIDI and Salesforce
Work History
Independent Development & Fundraising Consultant, 04/2016 - Current
Community Medical Centers Fresno, CA,
    Actively seeking new clients and opportunities to assist a small to midsize non-profit organization or school achieve their fundraising goals. Assist with strategic planning and development of a special event, annual campaign, and grant research and management. 
  • Achieved saving the organization thousands of dollars by managing and creating all aspects of the strategic plan or special event by myself. 
  • Worked directly with President & CEO, Executive Director, Board Members and donors to achieve maximum communication and donor contributions.

Director of Fund Development, 2014 - 04/2016
Jccs Of North America Asheville, NC,
  • Responsible for leading the organization's development and community relations efforts.
  • Primary responsibility is to research and identify new funding opportunities and prospects, generate well-written grant proposals and supporting documents in response to solicitations for funding.
  • From 2014 to 2015, secured an additional 12% increase in grants and new funds increasing the organization's annual revenue by 90%.
  • Maintain and implement funding calendar activities and timely reporting funds received, work with President & CEO and board of directors to ensure annual fundraising goals are meet and coordinate participation in local and state charitable campaigns.
  • In addition, responsibilities involve planning, organizing and promoting (3) special events; an annual golf tournament, luncheon and theater event fundraiser.
  • Additional duties include, serve as community relations manager, overseeing planning, development, implementation and evaluation of public relations and marketing activities that support PDAP program services such as Red Ribbon Week and Alcohol Awareness Month activities in the community.

Director of Institutional, 07/2011 - 07/2012
Texas Chiropractic College City, STATE,
  • Advancement - Development & Marketing Chief development officer and Ad Hoc member of the president's administrative cabinet and primary contact for all media and public relations for college.
  • Supervised and directed the development and marketing staff.
  • Responsible for all development/marketing activities of the college, to include, alumni fundraising, publications, communications, public relations, marketing, media relations, and promotions.

Independent Development & Fundraising Consultant, 01/2009 - 2014
Glitterati Affairs Event Management & PR City, STATE,
  • City of Houston (MBE) and (S/W/DBE) Certified METRO and Port of Houston (SBE) State of Texas HUB Certified Worked directly with the President, CEO, Chairman and Executive Directors of the organizations to managed day to day operations of event planning & fundraising efforts to create a successful and streamlined processes in order to increase awareness and advocacy, publicity and over all ticket and table sales.
  • Secured silent and live auction items/packages to increase revenue.
  • Worked with board members, donors, corporate sponsors, and celebrity endorsements to facilitate timeline, progress of event, coordinate scheduling, and maintain lines of communication for all parties involved.
  • Clients included

Development Associate, 07/2008 - 2009
Mental Health Of America City, STATE,
  • Provided administrative support to the President and VP of the organization, Board of Directors, Fundraising volunteers and committee members.
  • Assisted with major gift, planned gift and campaign fund raising by participating in planning, volunteer support and management, prospect management, and donor recognition.
  • Conducted research on individuals and populated Raisers Edge database.
  • Oversaw management activities, lists, actions, follow-up, etc., coordinated Annual Fund direct mail appeal, cultivation and solicitation activity with a personal prospect portfolio.
  • Coordinated Membership campaign (acquisitions and renewals).
  • Provided support and telephone backup for other MHA administrative support positions as needed.
  • Oversaw all planning for annual Gala.

Southwest Regional Development Coordinator, 08/2000 - 04/2008
U.S. Fund For UNICEF City, STATE,
  • Worked directly with Regional Director to achieve annual Fundraising goals.
  • Point person between headquarters in NYC and local office; report all financial event and monthly reports.
  • Responsible for the day to day record keeping of business activities & functions of the office (i.e.; A/P, A/R, HR, monthly reconciliations of contributions received).
  • Sent acknowledgement letters to donors & maintained their constituent records up to date.
  • Educated and engaged chapter board members, celebrities, political representatives, corporate executives, public/private foundations and prospective major donors on specific campaign goals & initiatives.
  • Managed the chapter logistics of scheduled special events & cultivations.
  • Organized all travel for staff and special guests--prepared arrangements for Hotel, transportation, meals and events.
  • Created & prepared publications, press releases and designed invitations & programs as requested Worked with Universities and Community Organizations to set-up booths & information kiosks Recruited, trained & supervised all volunteers & interns.

Bachelor of Arts: , Expected in
University of Houston - ,

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School Attended

  • University of Houston

Job Titles Held:

  • Independent Development & Fundraising Consultant
  • Director of Fund Development
  • Director of Institutional
  • Independent Development & Fundraising Consultant
  • Development Associate
  • Southwest Regional Development Coordinator


  • Bachelor of Arts

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