Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -
Seasoned development professional with over three years of experience in facilitating moves management practices with major gift prospects looking to leverage background in higher education fundraising into a major gift officer role at the University of Iowa Foundation. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Organized and meticulous
  • Team leadership
  • Results-oriented
10/2015 to Current
Major Gift Officer Associated Catholic Charities Nottingham, MD,

Primary Purpose: To lead all fundraising initiatives for Drake Law School

  • Lead a decentralized collegiate unit by streamlining processes with campus partners like Alumni & Development, University Communications, Business & Finance making for a producitve fiscal year
  • Direct messaging, content, and segmentation for the Law School Annual Fund producing more than $330,000 in revenue last fiscal year
  • Develop a plan and provide on-boarding for new law school Dean inclusive of donor visits, community outreach, student and faculty enrichment, and stewardship 
  • Present development reports at bi-annual Law School Board of Counselor meetings and maintain close relationships with these 40 members
  • Increase table sponsorship at annual Supreme Court Banquet allowing the law school for the first time ever to make profit on this annual event
  • Identify, cultivate, and steward relationships with new and existing donors
  • Substantial travel with a purpose to qualify and raise funds from our 7,200 living alumni 
  • Maintain an average of 10-12 face-to-face donor visits per month
  • Manage stewardship of more than 55 endowed law scholarship funds: contacting law students, editing letters, collecting photos if available, and mailing or hand delivering to donors 
  • Prepare legal correspondence and memoranda for donors at the time of a gift agreement
  • Create new processes and systems for thanking donors
  • Host alumni, donors, and friends at annual events: Orientation, Drake Relays, Constitutional Law Symposium, Dean' Cup  
04/2014 to 10/2015
Assistant Director of Development Regional Gifts The University Of Iowa Foundation City, STATE,

Primary Purpose: To uncover new College of Medicine and grateful patient prospects in the Midwest region and work collaboratively with all other health science colleges to solicit major gifts at or above the $50,000 level towards our 1.7 billion comprehensive campaign For Iowa. Forever More.

  • Serve as the primary development liaison to the Department of Family Medicine and Physician Assistant program; managing fiscal year budgets, communicating departmental priorities to alumni and donors, and facilitating regular status meetings 
  • Work closely with the Dean of the Carver College of Medicine and leadership from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; staff leaders at outreach events and one-on-one donor visits to engage, cultivate, and solicit major gift donors
  • Travel extensively across the Midwest; inclusive of 10 states, fundraising for all health science initiatives which include: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Carver College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, and College of Nursing
  • Identify, cultivate, and maintain relationships with new and existing donors
  • Doubled size of prospect portfolio in first year uncovering 30 new major gift households for the medical school
  • Maintain an average of 10-12 face-to-face donor visits per month
  • Closed eight gifts totaling over $500,000 and created three new student scholarships last fiscal year
  • Host alumni, donors, and friends at annual campus events; President's Club Luncheon, football games, medical school reunions, and scholarship weekend
  • Collaborate regularly with the annual giving staff and mail vendor for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics direct mail program, Caring Fund; constantly looking at ideas for content, messaging, and donor stories
  • Introduced a new stewardship tool for the Caring Fund allowing further touches to our donors beyond a financial ask
  • Lead donor initiatives for two Mini Medical school events hosted by the College of Medicine; generated guest lists, created language for invites, prepped and staffed College of Medicine Dean for donor visits
  • Assist in the on-boarding process of new hires; analyze prospect lists, how to plan and execute donor travel, coaching on donor stewardship calls, and working with campus partners
  • Covered additional regional territory when down a team member adding value to our alumni in the southeast and securing additional resources for the For Iowa.Forever More campaign.
07/2013 to 04/2014
Williams Development Fellow The University Of Iowa Foundation City, STATE,

Primary Purpose: To gain a comprehensive view of development and exposure to all facets of fundraising

  • Spent significant time with each major department including Annual Giving, Donor Relations, Communications, Finance and Gift Accounting, Planned Giving, Research and Records, Principal Gifts, Health Sciences and each major gift constituency to gain knowledge and experience in higher education fundraising
  • Played an integral role with the UI Foundation's Student Philanthropy Group and their mission to create a culture of philanthropy across the University of Iowa campus; served as a peer advisor, incorporated a new Phil's Day photo shoot on campus and implemented a stronger social media presence
  • Benchmark top-ranked children's hospitals and presented findings to our health sciences leadership team on the value of special event fundraising
  • Enriched stewardship efforts for UI Foundation board members, major gift donors, and students
  • Interacted with donors, campus partners, and internal staff on a daily basis to accomplish fundraising goals
  • Managed daily gift report of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics development fund and worked closely with health sciences major gifts team to identify, cultivate, visit, and solicit donors.
Expected in 2013
Bachelor of Arts: Communication Studies
Mass Communication, Minor 
Fundraising & Philanthropy Communication Certificate
Career Leadership Academy
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