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 Assistant Director of Development

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Plans, coordinates, and administers one or more specific areas of  ongoing or special project funding programs, such as individual gifts, in-kind donations, direct mail campaigns, and special events by performing the following duties personally or through subordinates.


Establishes short- and long-range goals and enlists support from members of institution staff and volunteer organizations.

Identifies potential contributors to ongoing programs and special projects through examination of past record of contributors and knowledge of community.

Coordinates fund drives for special projects.

Organizes direct mail campaign to reach potential contributors.

Directs donor recognition programs.

Plans and coordinates benefit events such as banquets, balls, or auctions.

Organizes solicitation drives for pledges of ongoing support from individual donors.

Assists in solicitation drives for pledges of ongoing support from corporations and foundations.

Informs potential contributors of special needs of institution, and encourages individuals, corporations, and foundations to establish or contribute to special funds through endowments, trusts, donations of gifts-in-kind, or bequests.

Confers with attorneys to establish methods of transferring funds to benefit both donors and institution.

Researches public and private grant agencies and foundations to identify potential sources of funding for research, community service, or other projects.

Supervises and coordinates activities of workers engaged in maintaining records of contributors and grants and preparing letters of appreciation to be sent to contributors.

Purchases mailing lists of potential donors.

Negotiates agreements with representatives of other organizations for exchange of mailing lists, information, and cooperative programs.

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