Project Amigo provides opportunities for volunteers from developed countries to render valuable humanitarian service, and to become friends with disadvantaged children and youth. Colima is a beautiful and quiet state on the Pacific coast. In between the beaches and the mountains of this Delaware-sized state, its identically-named capital city of over 150,000 people is just a half hour down the mountain from Project Amigo’s headquarters.
The Development Director reports to the Board of Directors of Project Amigo in the USA, and is responsible for the organization's consistent, high-quality achievement of its mission and financial objectives through resource development, public relations and marketing. The Development Director is responsible for raising, managing, and growing the necessary budget (currently $600,000/year). This position will be based in the United States.
Plan and implement fund-raising strategy
Maintain existing donation sources
Ensure volunteers/visitors are given ample opportunities to donate.
Identify potential resources
Submit grant proposals
Assure donations are recorded and acknowledged
Follow up with donors each year for renewal
Develop and sustain a diverse funding base including Rotary, corporate, and foundation giving
Communication and Public Relations
Visit Rotary clubs and District Conferences as well as other potential donor groups
Ensure consistent message in all Project Amigo communications
Oversee design, production and distribution of a variety of communication items designed to enhance Project Amigo’s mission, image and advancement program including e-newsletters, presentations, ProjectAmigo.org web site and the other electronic fund raising measures
Oversee production and distribution of Project Amigo semi-annual newsletter
Maintain frequent contact with a variety of stakeholders using various communication methods including social media
Cultivate and coordinate volunteers for workweeks
Participate in workweeks in Cofradia directly or through the assignment of a Volunteer Coordinator
Work closely with General Manager and staff on Work Week execution
Maintain a comprehensive volunteer database
Serve as primary planned giving resource officer
Develop various mechanisms for planned giving, including bequests, charitable trusts, endowments, etc.
Market stakeholders for participation in planned giving
Identify appropriate fundraising events
Oversee creation and execution of events
Ensure that special event goals are established and approved
Keep the Board fully updated on the results of all fundraising activities
Maintain thorough records of all fundraising activity
Demonstrated fund raising and sales capability
Strong oral and written communications skills, including public speaking
Ability to “close the deal” in a non-threatening manner
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to travel up to 50% of the time, including trips to Colima, Mexico
Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
Project Amigo helps disadvantaged and marginalized children in rural Colima, Mexico achieve their highest potential by enabling education, and by providing material support, enrichment activities and healthcare services not otherwise available to them. Children in primary and secondary school receive school supplies, clothing, and transportation funds. As the children succeed, college scholarships and housing, if necessary, are provided.