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Development Associate

The Ferguson Center for Leadership Excellence
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Mar 28, 2024

The Ferguson Center for Leadership Excellence is a nonprofit organization founded in late 2022. Our mission is to empower racially, ethnically and gender diverse students to succeed academically and professionally in the real estate, infrastructure, hospitality, and senior living sectors. We strive to provide a comprehensive, supportive program that fosters leadership development, industry knowledge, and career readiness. Our goal is to remove academic, financial, and professional barriers so our students can not only succeed as undergraduates but excel as leaders in the industry. We are seeking a Development Associate to help cultivate relationships with the current donor base of more than 100 donors and more than $5 million raised to date.

Summary of duties:

  1. Under the joint direction of the President and COO, creates and implements comprehensive strategies to identify, cultivate and solicit corporate and Tier 2 and Tier 3 individual gifts. (Estimated at $25,000 and below).
  2. Builds engagement with all donors including major gifts by outlining donor expectations and providing a quarterly update and bi-annual check-in to ensure re-occurring donations. This would include outreach and relationship management with real estate associations to strategically position The Ferguson CLE.
  3. Communicates and documents details of all donations to the program team to set-up successful delivery of CLE program including student recruitment, training and development, corporate involvement opportunities, and student events.
  4. Attends donor cultivation events as needed (limited). Provides support for collateral as needed.
  5. Assists the President in helping to execute a comprehensive engagement and annual giving solicitation strategy such as drafting quarterly outreach to Friends of the Foundation and previous donors. Tracks progress against goals and makes recommendations for YOY improvement and implementation.
  6. Delivers timely and effective follow-up in various forms to prospects and donors, which will include generating customized fundraising proposals. Generates timely contact reports in prospect database following prospect and donor visits. Approves and distributes fundraising documents such as gift agreements, gift acknowledgments, and corporate agreements.
  7. Ensures fundraising tracking within the team allows for accurate reporting to maintain a strong stewardship strategy.
  8. Completes grant applications in a timely manner. Seeks grant opportunities across real estate associations, foundations, and corporate partners.
  9. Serves as a content expert on fundraising goals/progress, company donors and fund strategy for website, publications, brochures, and related collateral materials necessary to support CLE fundraising activities.
  10. Provide support in managing relationships with Tier 2 and 3 universities to update them on program and student achievements and to seek follow-thru on key aspects of the letter of intent such as distribution of scholarships.
  11. Provide quarterly financial reporting on pledges, donations, and outstanding proposals. Partner with fundraising coordinator to ensure accuracy in quarterly reports. Submit summaries that can be used with donors and future donors. Compare YOY performance and project future earnings to help make budget decisions.
  12. Work with CLE team to keep Bloomerang data current.

Preferred Qualifications Education:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 3-5 years of corporate or non-profit experience. Relevant experiences such as development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience.
  • Preferred Competencies: entrepreneurial, curious, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented, wants to be an integral part of a high-performing and strategic team, and is dedicated to advancing the mission of the CLE.

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