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Full-time position - Director of Philanthropy

The Director of Philanthropy serves as the major gifts officer with responsibility for the overall strategy of all major, planned and foundations gifts in excess of $10,000.  The Director is responsible for increasing the chapter’s revenue by achieving annually defined fundraising goals through identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects. The Director is responsible for donor research, database management and appreciation and recognition programs for major and planned giving donors.

Specific Duties:
•    Develop an annual plan in conjunction with the President/CEO that includes goals and revenue targets.
•    Create a major gift development strategy and specific plans for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors and family foundations. 
•    Create a planned giving strategy that includes specific initiatives for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors with potential for planned gifts.
•    Communicate and engage Vice President of Mission Resources and other team members, as necessary, to help facilitate the major and planned giving process
•    Coordinate, communicate, and engage with chapter’s west coast director of operations and staff when identifying and cultivating prospects in the area
•    The major and planned gift tactics should include, but not be limited to:
a.    Develop, manage, and prioritize a personal portfolio of major and planned gift donors
b.    Help CEO to develop his own major gift prospect list; manage and strategize with CEO as to identification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for his prospects
c.    Prepare customized gift proposals, as appropriate, for personal and CEO’s donor solicitations.  
d.    Conduct one-on-one cultivation and solicitation meetings.
e.    Coordinate and utilize Board members and senior staff, as necessary, when cultivating and soliciting prospects and donors
f.    Consider creating a planned giving council as a tool for identification, cultivation and solicitation of planned giving prospects; consult with Make-A-Wish America planned giving team to help provide planned giving marketing materials and donor illustrations
•    Serve as the major gifts officer soliciting five and six figure gifts. Cultivate existing donors to increase gift levels as well as identify new major gift prospects. Collaborate with the national office as necessary, to ensure a close working relationship and coordination of mutual goals.
•    Create meaningful opportunities to cultivate and engage donors and prospects with all aspects related to fulfilling our mission; utilize current activities to engage and cultivate donors and prospects. 
•    In collaboration with the Branding Advancement Team, develop appropriate materials to educate and inform donors and prospects.  Utilize current and/or create briefing materials and personalized solicitations.
•    In collaboration with the CEO and Vice President of Mission Resources ensure the execution and develop of, as necessary, major and planned gift donor recognition, stewardship, and acknowledgement including “thank you” gifts, events, and customized acknowledgement letters; provide major and planned giving strategy in marketing materials including, newsletters, website and other donor communications.
•    Serve as a collaborative member of the Leadership Team, participating in overall goals and policies, and establishing a culture of working together to achieve the mission of the Foundation. 
•    Keep abreast of current development trends through continuing education and community involvement.
•    Represent the Foundation at fundraising events.  

The following criteria describe the general nature and level of experience to be found in viable candidates.  They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all professional and personal qualifications.  The successful candidate will possess:

•    At least Five years of experience in development, especially in major and planned giving. 
•    A superior orientation to serving donors.
•    An established track record of successfully identifying, cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts.
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to inspire and connect donors to our mission.
•    Highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
•    Professional and polished image with a comfort in dealing with high net worth individuals. 
•    Knowledge of effective database management using Raiser’s Edge.
•    Individual must be self motivated and driven.

Internship Requirements

Internships are available during the Fall, Spring & Summer semesters and applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Interns are expected to work between 15 to 20 hours a week during an 12 to 16 week period. Internships are also available for course credit (contingent upon university approval). All internships are non-paid. We have openings in our Ft. Lauderdale and Bonita Springs offices.

Qualified applicants will possess strong written and oral communication skills, working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite which includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and demonstrate maturity and responsibility. Ability to handle multiple tasks and possess strong organizational skills is also encouraged.

To apply for an internship in the Ft. Lauderdale office, potential candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Melanie Holley at zubyyrl@fsynjvfu.bet or fax (954) 967-2468. No phone calls please.

To apply for an internship in the Bonita Springs office, potential candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Janey Cook at wpbbx@fsynjvfu.bet or fax (239) 992-2833. No phone calls please.

 

Internship - Brand Advancement

This intern will support the Brand Advancement Team in a variety of areas including story writing/researching, social media, and public relations. During this internship you will learn to work within a team, develop oral and written communication skills, improve problem solving skills through task management, and gain knowledge of a career in the non-profit field.

Applicants should be self-motivated and have strong communication skills and attention to detail. Experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+), web research, and story writing is strongly encouraged. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Communications, Journalism, or other fields with an emphasis on writing skills. You may be asked to submit a writing sample for further consideration.

Internship - Program Services

This individual will assist the Program Services Department in planning and follow-up of wishes for eligible children. This intern will maintain communication with wish families, communicate with medical professionals, assist with referral calls, complete file close-outs, and update the wish database. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child Life or related fields. All majors are welcome. Applicants that are bilingual in Spanish or Creole are needed and encouraged to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Development/Fundraising

The Development - Fundraising Intern will assist in all areas related to fundraising and will support major fundraising programs. General responsibilities include strategic planning to grow programs such as Kids For Wish Kids, Wishes in Flight, Corporate partners, and Workplace giving; research and solicit local companies, schools, clubs and civic organization etc.; cultivate new donors; set up speaking engagements for new donors; form and manage a youth advisory board to grow our Kids for Wish Kids program; and help update and maintain files for donors and events. Ideal for applicants with ease and comfort speaking with others, organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, working knowledge of social media, excellent writing and communications skills and a positive attitude. Bonita Springs office only.

Internship - Development/Major & Planned Gifts

The Development - Major & Planned Gifts Intern will work directly with the Director of Major and Planned Gifts to provide assistance and support with all aspects of the development process.  During this internship you will help conduct prospect research, draft correspondence, interact with the constituent database, help with scheduling, and work on specific, development related assignments.  At the conclusion of this internship you will have a fundamental knowledge of the major and planned gift fundraising process as well as understand the various methods utilized within the not-for-profit fundraising sector.  Applicants should be curious, engaging, detail-oriented, and motivated to learn about this aspect of non-profit work by becoming intimately involved in the many facets related to identifying, cultivating, and securing major and planned gifts.  Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Business or Non-profit Management.  All majors are welcome to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Medical and Community Outreach

The Medical and Community Outreach Intern will support the Medical and Community Outreach Manager with all aspects of the medical and community outreach program. During this internship you will research and identify referral resources, schedule in-service appointments, assist with preparation for outreach appointments, and follow-up with medical professionals on referral forms and required documentation.  Applicants should be self-motivated and have strong communication skills and attention to detail. Knowledge of Word, Excel, Access and internet search helpful. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child Life or related fields. All majors are welcome to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Development/Stewardship

The Development/Stewardship Intern will provide assistance and support to the Development department with annual fundraising efforts that include, but are not limited to, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual, corporate and foundation donors. Responsibilities will include cause-related marketing projects, community outreach, grant research, help in coordinating donor stewardship that includes, but is not limited to, gathering wish story information to share with donors, coordinating donor mailings  etc. - all in an effort to raise funds needed to grant wishes.

Applicants should have strong organizational and time management skills, excellent customer service skills and be passionate to learn about  this aspect of non-profit work . Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects and group collaborations, the intern will gain an understanding of nonprofit fundraising, community outreach and marketing. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Business, Public Relations or Non-profit Management.  All majors are welcome to apply.

Internship - Special Events

The Special Events Intern supports Make-A-Wish's major special events. The primary responsibilities include assisting with marketing of events, facilitating the donation of high-end auction items and designing and implementing the visual aspects of silent auction displays. The Special Events Intern will also provide general assistance and office support to Development Team, and interact with donors and vendors relating to the events. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Business or related fields. All majors are welcome.

Internship - Volunteer Relations

The Volunteer Relations Intern will assist the Volunteer Coordinator in all aspects of the Volunteer Program including but not limited to recruitment and training volunteers, managing volunteer files, processing applications, and communicating with volunteers. Must be comfortable and confident communicating over the phone. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, or other related fields. All majors are welcome. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Inc.
4491 S State Road 7
Suite 201
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
(954) 967-9474
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Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, West Coast Field Office
3655 Bonita Beach Road
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Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239) 992-9474

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St Thomas, VI 00802-5819
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