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Director of Development

Latino Policy Forum
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 16, 2023

As a member of the senior leadership team, and in partnership with the President/CEO and the development team, the Director of Development is responsible for leading all fundraising efforts to diversify the Forum’s funding streams and create sustainability for the organization.  This new position with our rapidly growing organization builds on our momentum and provides a rewarding opportunity for a seasoned fundraising professional to establish and pioneer the systems, structure, and relationships that will increase revenue and eventually grow and strengthen our fundraising team.  The role supervises an Associate Director, the Development Coordinator, and a consultant grant-writer. The role will diversify the current funding streams by maintaining philanthropic/foundation investments, increase corporate revenue and further develop a nascent individual donor campaign.





  • Work with President/CEO and development team to develop and implement an annual development/fundraising plan
  • Create a culture of philanthropy among Forum staff and board to make development an organization wide event
  • In collaboration with the President/CEO, develop, implement and monitor a comprehensive fundraising strategy to expand philanthropic support for the organization through institutional and individual giving
  • Develop an annual fundraising plan based on board and administration priorities that outlines how the department will meet its annual fundraising goals and acquire, retain and move donors (online and direct mail appeals, events, proposals, stewardship plans, etc.)
  • In collaboration with the communications department, develop and execute a plan to strengthen organizational brand and fundraising efforts



  • Provide oversight to all fundraising efforts to ensure organizational financial goals are met, including annual fundraiser and other events
  • Cultivate relationships with board of directors to leverage their influence to attract new prospective donors and develop a donor pipeline
  • Research and identify potential institutional and individual donors and implement strategies to foster positive relationships
  • Strengthen current donor relationships
  • Support and lead strategy development for all phases of the donor cycle, from the identification and cultivation of donor prospects to the solicitation and stewardship of existing donors, while actively pursuing and managing corporate and individual leads
  • Implement the Forum’s first junior board
  • Develop a plan for donor cultivation events including breakfast meetings, networking activities and other events to attract new prospects.
  • Manage distribution of all donor appeals, both electronic and direct mail
  • Develop and implement up-to-date donor communications materials for solicitations, and stewardship
  • Establish target for and manage a major gifts portfolio of 75 – 100 individuals
  • Support President/CEO in the management of her donor portfolio and provide administrative support for her solicitations



  • Assist the President/CEO and the finance department in the preparation of the annual fundraising budget
  • Coordinate and oversee the day-to-day management of the Development Department
  • Provide oversight to the development team, currently consisting of the Associate Director of Development and Development Coordinator and assess their performance annually
  • Create and implement a plan to utilize current CRM fundraising system
  • Track performance goals of the Development Department including achievement of fundraising goals, dollars raised, donors acquired, renewals, retention and attrition rates, average gift, increased gifts (donor movement) and other fundraising measures
  • Provide monthly development reports to the President/CEO and the board of directors, and manage board Development committee

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