Job Title: Director Of Development/Fundraising
Type of Company: I work for the YMCA.
Education: BS, Secondary Education, Boston University
Previous Experience: I worked as a membership director and marketing director for other non-profits.
Job Tasks: I raise money for a not-for-profit organization, using special events, direct mail and old-fashioned face-to-face fundraising methods. I also train volunteers to fund-raise. The charitable donations we obtain help to ensure that everyone who wants to can participate in the programs that we offer. We also solicit donations to build buildings, renovate facilities and for investment.
A typical day entails meeting with volunteers and calling volunteers on the phone to monitor their progress. I also meet and work with other staff members to monitor our progress in achieving our fundraising goals and to develop and stage fundraising events and programs. I also work with donors to educate them and help them see what their donations do. A part of my day is reaching out to prospective donors and seeing if they are interested in learning more about the YMCA and how it helps children and families in their local community.
Part of my time is also spent developing materials that educate donors and prospective donors on what the YMCA does and how they can make a difference in their community by giving to and volunteering for the YMCA. This includes videos, brochures, appeal letters, web site content and presentation materials for meetings.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I enjoy my job because the money that I help raise ensures that children and families are able to get the services they need. Also, I enjoy working with volunteers. We work together to reach goals and to make sure the Y is meeting community needs. Working with volunteers is very rewarding.
Job Tips: A career with the Y can be very rewarding. I would encourage anyone interested to do some research on exactly what their YMCA does. It is more than a gym and a swimming pool (although those are very important). There are many opportunities in the Y to use different skills. Also fundraising is a very open field with a lot of room for advancement and growth.
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