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Chief Development Officer

First Responders Children's Foundation
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 6, 2021

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with First Responders Children's Foundation in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the Founder and Chairman and President, the Chief Development Officer will be the primary strategist for and manager of First Responders' fundraising and outreach activities that generate financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. The Chief Development Officer will partner with leadership to craft a philanthropic vision for the organization and define fundraising goals and strategies, as well as the tools, support, and resources needed to achieve that vision. First Responders Children's Foundation is located in New York City. The Chief Development Officer may work remotely in another large metropolitan area across the country; however, there will be a preference for candidates living in the New York City metropolitan area.

First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty and families enduring significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances. The Foundation supports educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the communities in which they live.

When disaster strikes – whether it is a pandemic, hurricane, fire, flood, or terrorist attack – first responders are first on the scene to help.  Frequently, that means physical, mental, and emotional stress as first responders risk lives, equipment, and supplies. First Responders' Emergency Response Fund provides support to first responders and their families who are enduring hardship. Right now, first responders are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in every community across the country. First Responders Children’s Foundation is helping the families of first responders including nurses, medical personnel, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and paramedics who are on the front lines of dealing with COVID-19. 

Approximately 225 first responders are killed in the line of duty each year, and each fatality leaves behind an average of 2.3 children. This year, 517 children will need help with their college tuition, and over 500 children are put into the same situation every year. Fortunately, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been striving to meet this heartbreaking need for nearly 20 years.  Ever since September 11, 2001 when more than 800 children lost a parent, First Responders Children’s Foundation has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of children who have lost a parent in the line of duty which helps cushion the financial hardship these children face.

In 2020, the Foundation impacted 530,000 children and 232,000 first responder families through financial assistance to individuals and agencies, college scholarships, bereavement assistance, Toy Express, and The Mask Project. It also helped 120,000 first responders through individual financial help, agency financial help, housing, meals, and The Mask Project. It sent 785,000 masks to first responders on the frontlines of the pandemic. It also sent 170,375 masks to their children. During the pandemic in 2020, First Responders funded 25 agency programs across the country impacting tens of thousands of first responder families and community members and provided over 12,946 hotel room nights to first responders, 33,000 meal stipends, and 550 meals.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least five years of fundraising experience with demonstrated success in a building a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources), preferably in a mission-driven non-profit environment. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of First Responders Children's Foundation as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

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