The Annual Giving Manager’s primary responsibility will be planning, executing, and managing a comprehensive annual fund and annual giving program. The manager will engage in personal interactions with prospects and donors as well as plan and present donor recognition and fundraising events.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Take a leadership role in supporting the Development Strategist in building a strong, growing, multi-faceted, and deeply engaging annual giving program for the United Church of Christ. Currently, the annual giving program is primarily comprised of an Annual Fund, Our Church’s Wider Mission and four Special Mission Offerings, and Giving Tuesday.
Prepare and submit detailed fundraising plans for all annual giving activities to the Development Strategist, which include the strategy and plan for the execution of the solicitation and acknowledgement process.
Plan and direct the employee giving campaign by working with appropriate internal departments and employees to create a comprehensive program that creates a culture of philanthropy and educates the national setting as to the philanthropic needs of the United Church of Christ.
Maintain contact with key annual giving donors, ensuring the implementation of a carefully orchestrated cycle of requests that are sensitized to the needs and preferences of donors and prospects and that sync with the segmentation structure of the development function of the UCC.
Work in conjunction with other UCC offices to create and manage the promotional and solicitation components of the Special Mission Offerings with an eye toward growing the 5for5 program (a special designation program for churches that participate in all five special mission offerings).
Work with Development Strategist, guide and participate in the creation of all annual giving collateral and content (such as solicitation and acknowledgment letters), including working with the web and digital strategy team to craft effective solicitations for audience engagement, conversion, and stewardship.
Take a leadership role in data segmentation for purposes of customizing annual appeals. Update database as changes are discovered.
Manage an assigned portfolio of annual donors and work collaboratively with major donor staff to hand off annual donors with capacity and passion for deeper philanthropic engagement. Contribute to prospect research activities.
Under direction of the Development Strategist, plan and execute at least 4 annual special and/or church stewardship events in person throughout the country and virtually using telecommunications technology. Play a key role in the teams presence at General Synod, a biannual national gathering of the United Church of Christ.
Work alongside and under the direction of the Development Strategist, oversee the organization of all special events that support the philanthropic endeavors of the UCC’s annual giving and other special fundraising efforts.
Other responsibilities as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.
A college degree in a related field or equivalent experience, and at least 3 years experience managing a growing annual giving program.
Stay abreast of emerging creative approaches and innovations in annual giving.
Experience organizing donor stewardship events.
Experience in the philosophy and practice of philanthropy in the non-profit sector and demonstrated ability to work in the area of annual giving programs.
Demonstrated experience developing and establishing replicable processes for sustained growth in annual giving.
Demonstrated credibility necessary to influence and tactfully manage relationships with internal and external constituencies. Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills.
Affinity for working collaboratively to develop and execute agreed upon strategy for annual giving.
Ability to manage multiple priorities and relate to a variety of diverse stakeholders.
Regularly scheduled travel within the United States for sometimes up to one week or more.
Commitment to and theological understanding of mission, stewardship, and philanthropy.
Understanding of the polity and structures of the United Church of Christ.
Desire and sensitivity to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings with commitment to diversity in the workplace as well as in one’s understanding of mission.
Ability to maintain and properly handle confidential or sensitive information.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and Raiser’s Edge.
Additional Salary Information: Employer paid health, dental and life insurance for employee plus family. Employer also pays LTD and 14% of base salary for pension benefits.
About United Church of Christ
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God's continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking,
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We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking,
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We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking.