Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch is seeking an experienced Director of Philanthropy who will forge key relationships to build Furry Friends’ visibility, impact and financial resources with the primary objective of raising increased revenues to attain organizational growth goals. The Director works collaboratively with staff at all levels of the organization to meet programmatic and philanthropic needs.
For 40 years, Furry Friends has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed abandoned and abused cats and dogs in South Florida. The coming decade will see the continuation and culmination of a plan for major organizational growth, including development of our 27-acre property in Martin County.
The Director of Philanthropy leads all our fundraising efforts. This person is responsible for working closely with the organization’s president, board and executive leadership to access multi-channel fundraising to acquire new donors, deepen relationships with existing donors and raise the organization’s public profile. The Director will develop relationships in order to position the President to connect with philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders and will design, implement and achieve strategic fundraising goals and initiatives. The Director will also cultivate their own portfolio of high-level donor relationships.
Develop the fundraising strategic plan, set clear direction, and identify well-defined and measurable annual and multi-year goals
Effectively communicate the mission and vision of the organization
Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward high-level donors (individual, corporate and foundation) capable of making gifts of $100,000 or more, creating a portfolio of high-level donors to actively manage
Build a broad network of prospective partners and donors, expanding the reach of Furry Friends into new donor markets
Partner with the Executive Director to manage high-touch relationships and steward principal donors
Coordinate the participation of the Executive Director, board, and executive leadership team in the joint cultivation and stewardship of key funding sources
Liaise with the Fundraising Committee of the Board of Directors
Build greater capacity, particularly in major and principal giving, corporate and foundation relations, direct response marketing and planned giving
Provide strategic oversight of philanthropic events
Strengthen donor management efforts through systematic use of donor management software and data analysis
Assist with grant applications prepared by the Director of Programs and/or other members of the team
Evaluate current fundraising activities and development plans to improve return on investment
Oversee the production of the annual report and other fundraising collateral materials
Bachelor’s Degree required
Minimum 5 years of experience in leadership roles in charge of fundraising efforts in nonprofit organizations of similar size and a minimum of 5 years of marketing experience
CRFE certified preferred
Demonstrated track record of meeting or exceeding fundraising and budget goals.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to briefly summarize the essence of issues and means to address them.
Outstanding interpersonal skills
Maintains a professional demeanor at all times
Demonstrates high levels of integrity, sound judgement and discretion
Familiarity with Bloomerang, QGIV and/or other similar fundraising and donation processing software
Working knowledge of Google Workspace, as well as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database management and basic knowledge of publishing programs; must be comfortable learning and using new technology
Position operates in a standard office environment and must be comfortable with animals in the office and at events
Some evening and weekend hours will be required for outreach or event participation
For 40 years, Furry Friends has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed abandoned and abused cats and dogs in South Florida. The coming decades will see the continuation and culmination of a plan for major organizational growth.