Under the direction of the Vice President Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the College of DuPage Foundation, the Manager is responsible for the overall success of the College's annual giving program as well as building sustained annual gifts from the College's various constituencies. Working with the Advancement team, the Manager will provide tactical leadership for all annual giving initiatives.
This position reports to the Vice President Institutional Advancement.
Develop and implement a comprehensive annual giving plan including, but not limited to, direct mail, email, phone-a-thon, special events, group presentations and individual donor visits to increase the overall annual giving program (i.e. increase dollars raised and increase number of annual donors).
Develop and maintain a portfolio of 50-75 targeted lead annual fund donors and prospects with targeted annual giving between $1,000 and $5,000 with a focus on repeatable and upgradeable gifts and raises at a minimum of $25,000 annually from lead annual giving donors.
In partnership with the Manager Major Gifts and the Executive Director of the Foundation, identifies prospects and cultivates relationships with donors and volunteers that lead toward major gift and/or planned gift solicitation and stewardship.
In partnership with the Communication Specialist and Advancement Team, develops and maintains regular communication/stewardship mechanisms with donors and prospects that create understanding and interest in the College's programs and services.
Manages the stewardship of all annual scholarship donors and serves as the primary contact for the annual scholarship owners, the College Financial Aid Office, and scholarship students.
Establishes scholarship funds, both annual and perpetual, in collaboration with development officers and donors. Monitors scholarship program budget and projects annual funding needs.
Insures proper donor recognition.
In partnership with the Vice President Institutional Advancement, develops and manages the budget for the annual giving program and maximizes resources to improve ROI.
Conducts regular assessment of approaches, trends, and results, and adjusts plans to improve donor engagement and success.
Performs other duties as assigned including Foundation committee work.
2-3 years of experience in annual giving, donor development and/or fundraising.
2 years of experience in development and execution of a giving solicitation program.
Proven success in fund raising and special events programming.
Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to build relationships.
Proficient with Microsoft Office products, Raiser's Edge and database software.
Knowledge of giving trends and ability to adjust fundraising strategy in response to trends.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks under pressure while working as part of a team.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in Business, Communications, Public Affairs or related field.
Experience fundraising in a college, university or healthcare setting.
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation or willingness to obtain accreditation.
Standard office equipment.
Open office environment, but much time to be spend in face-to-face contact with donors, involving substantial local travel.
Personal transportation and ability to frequently travel throughout the western suburbs.
This position requires a background check and drug screen.