Position Purpose

Development Associate is responsible for the execution of Fraser, Ltd. fundraising initiatives to meet organizational goals and objectives. This position will also participate in developing long-range department and organizational goals.

Organization Description

Fraser, Ltd., by charter, is the oldest human service agency in North Dakota, established in 1893. Fraser, Ltd. supports children, youth, and adults on their life’s journey towards independence. We employ caring, responsible, and compassionate individuals on our team of over 200 professionals. We provide services in 3 areas; Children’s Services, Transitional Youth Services, and Adult Residential Disability Services. Children’s Services provides a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment in which children with special needs and children typically developing learn and grow together. Transitional Youth Services provides shelter, basic needs, life skills education and advocacy services for disenfranchised youth by supporting independent thought and empowering self-directed action for individuals ages 16-26. Adult Residential Disability Services promotes education, advocacy, and active treatment for people with intellectual disabilities by providing supportive services in a residential environment.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

PLANNING

  • Develop, present, participate in and implement development and marketing plans for the organization and the department.

FUNDRAISING 

  • Build upon and create key relationships to expand the funding base and to ensure the organization’s programs and goals are realized.
  • In consultation with the CEO, establish long-range goals and objectives for a strategic development program which enhance organization’s programs.
  • Adhere to a fundraising calendar and mailing schedule (appeals, newsletters, etc.).
  • Donor cultivation is a primary goal of this position.
  • Coordinate and collaborate on special events and fundraising efforts.

PROSPECT RESEARCH

  • Research new sources of financial support.
  • Identify and cultivate prospective donors, this may be done in cooperation with the CEO and department members.
  • Collaborate and develop associations that will foster financial support for Fraser, Ltd.
  • Recognize and initiate grant opportunities as assigned which support Fraser’s mission and needs.

DONOR RELATIONS-As Assigned

  • Establish and maintain rapport and positive relationships with individual donors.
  • Develop and implement efforts to build relationships with corporate donors.
  • Identify new corporate funding sources: grants, donations, volunteer hours, etc.
  • Petition gifts from major individuals, corporate and foundation prospects.
  • Plan solicitation strategies with the CEO and development staff.
  • Assure regular contact with contributors through activities; continue donor awareness of our goals and needs.

RECORDKEEPING AND REPORTING

  • Record donations and thank donors per policy.
  • Coordinate proper acknowledgement of all donors in appropriate publications.
  • Analyze with department members quarterly and annual fundraising goals.
  • The ability to create powerful and compelling written and oral communications for fundraising.
  • Must have excellent facilitation and/or presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and donor contact database programs.

BRAND IDENTIFICATION

  • Drive measurable utilization of website and social media; create cohesive brochures and displays.
  • Coordinate catalog of communications materials (presentations, booths, recording of testimonials).
  • When appropriate, network with other community professionals for fundraising ideas/sources.
  • Represent Fraser, Ltd in a positive, professional, courteous manner at all public functions and events.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years experience in sales.
  • Previous experience developing relationships and achieving annual goals; proven sales experience.
  • Recognized success in fundraising and development strategies for a large nonprofit.
  • The ability to create powerful and compelling written and oral communications for fundraising.
  • Must have excellent facilitation and/or presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and donor contact database programs.