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Director of Philanthropy

Date Posted: March 22, 2018


The Director of Development has responsibility for developing and implementing an integrated strategy for raising the funds necessary to support special and ongoing programs at Whitney Center and sponsored by Whitney Center in the larger community.  The incumbent has the responsibility to plan, launch and complete successful fundraising campaigns, develop new, creative and innovative approaches to increase giving, and ensure ongoing support from the full range of Whitney Center constituents.

  • Establish and execute a comprehensive development program designed to engage Whitney Center residents and others and to substantially build recurring and special funding for agreed purposes. Provide leadership, management, administration and coordination necessary to:
  • Develop a comprehensive fundraising plan encompassing all facets development including, but not limited to, annual giving, individual gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, government grants, online donations, deferred gifts, special events, and project sponsorship;
  • Manage annual plans to build the Whitney Center Fund, develop individual giving opportunities, effectively involve volunteers and technology; and ensure compliance with fundraising laws and regulations;
  • Cultivate relations with new donor prospects and conduct ongoing stewardship of individual donors and institutional contacts
  • Plan, organize and execute creative, innovative special fundraising events and activities in conjunction with volunteer leaders;
  • Solicit sponsorships, individual contributions, and planned gifts;
  • Establish and maintain a database of contacts, donor prospects and donors to track all donations, pledges, proposals and required reports (including data entry and database management through donor software and Excel spreadsheets); manage compliance with donor restrictions and organizational policies pertaining to donor funds; generate donor lists for annual reports and other publications;
  • Develop and submit grant proposals in response to opportunities; develop and disseminate materials to solicit sponsorships for events and activities; manage compliance with grantee requirements; write necessary project reports;
  • Provide development content for the Web site and other vehicles that communicate to external audiences;
  • Assist senior leadership and other key staff in matters relating to Whitney Center's image and its response to constituent concerns.
  • Analyze development results and report progress to the Director of Marketing & Philanthropy, the Philanthropy Council and the Board, as appropriate.


A qualified candidate will be a dedicated professional with at minimum a bachelor's degree (advanced degree and CFRE preferred); at least five years development experience, demonstrated expertise in prospect identification and research, event fundraising, Board relations, donor cultivation and stewardship, face-to-face solicitation, major gifts ($5,000 and above), and annual giving.

The candidate must possess the ability to convey the organizational mission with credibility, a genuine commitment to working with seniors. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and be an enthusiastic self-starter, who is intelligent, creative, detail-oriented, and personable, with strong organizational skills. Candidates should be confident in their abilities, have a polished, professional demeanor and be both able to adapt to change and rise to the occasion when challenged.