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Associate Director of Philanthropy

Location: Boston, MA
Date Posted: 12-19-2018
We are using our recruiting partners at Engage2Excel to help us find the right Associate Director of Philanthropy. Please follow this link for a full description and instructions on how to apply:

Reporting to the New England Director of Philanthropy, you will contribute to The Trust for Public Land’s annual operating and programmatic needs organization-wide and particularly in Massachusetts. You'll have support from a Philanthropy Associate. Also in the office is an Institutional Giving Officer focusing on the New England Region, and a member of our national philanthropy team.

While you will carry a mixed portfolio of foundation, corporate and individual prospects, you'll focus on individual prospects and donors in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The portfolio contains both mid-level and major donors and prospects.

Your specific responsibilities will fall into four main areas. In the area of relationship management, you will realize annual fundraising metrics for the position, contributing to the annual revenue goal for Massachusetts, and supporting overall goals of the organization. This will include:
  • Managing a portfolio of approximately 100 donors and prospects with an emphasis on mid to major gift individual donors and prospects in Massachusetts.
  • Fostering a greater sense of engagement and a community of support among existing and new donors.
  • Focusing on donor identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Conducting donor visits regularly and often.
  • Making direct solicitations and closing gifts.
  • Writing solicitation letters and proposals.
  • Tracking and meeting deadlines.
  • Coordinating and implementing donor field trips, events, and recognition as needed.
  • Identifying potential planned giving donors and developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Informing Planned Giving department of activities and engaging Director of Planned Giving as needed.
  • Maintaining donor records in database.
  • Engaging other staff members and volunteers in fundraising efforts as appropriate and necessary.
Regarding acting as a program liaison, you will serve as philanthropy point person for programs in the greater Boston area, both the Land Protection and Parks for People programs of The Trust for Public Land. Responsibilities will include:
  • Articulating program goals and impacts.
  • Identifying gift and campaign opportunities.
  • Creating successful partnerships with program staff.
  • Managing fundraising campaigns as needed.
  • Keeping the Director of Philanthropy and philanthropy colleagues informed of key issues and opportunities.
In the area of writing, you'll write and develop proposals, case statements, program and project summaries, and stewardship reports, as well as cultivation and solicitation materials and other collateral materials as directed.

With regard to communications and donor relations, you will: Plan and implement regular communications to donors, including stewardship reports and program updates. Provide relevant local content for use with the organization’s annual giving program, website, annual report, and other publications and collateral materials.
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