The hotel and lodging industry is vibrant, innovative and full of dynamic opportunities for upward mobility while serving (and supporting) its most important assets: its people. The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build careers, improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. We are a dynamic, entrepreneurial organization that is poised for growth. The Foundation Development Manager would join a collaborative team that is innovative, supportive and fun to work with!
Will be responsible to create and implement effective fundraising strategies, donor solicitation, proposal development, and stewardship. Manages day-to-day development operations to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and impact. Duties include but are not limited to:
Cultivate, solicit, and steward annual campaign contributions through well-planned, targeted strategies including appeal writing and design, acknowledgements and donor stewardship.
Manage and grow the Hospitality Women’s Giving Circle to include: stewardship of leaders, developing and cultivating pipeline of prospects, collateral design, and recognition.
Develop, design and manage solicitation and stewardship campaigns organized around industry or Foundation milestones and philanthropic opportunities.
Research, identify new foundation prospects to grow revenue through grants.
With Vice President, Donor Relations and Development, assist in preparing and submitting proposals and stewardship reports to foundations, corporations, and individuals.
Collaborate with partnership, business development and membership teams to identify, solicit and secure sponsors and in-kind sponsorship for Foundation events.
Assists and supports in execution and planning of organization's special events; sponsor solicitation, donor communications, record keeping, logistics, onsite donation opportunities.
Ensure proper and timely stewardship of donors: gift entry, database management, acknowledgements, thank you notes, recognition, relevant programmatic engagement, other proposal deliverables.
Collaborates to develop and update necessary tools for successful fundraising.
Three years fundraising/sales exp.; emphasis on corporate and individual relationships; Foundation or Federal Grants plus; or a combination of education and experience.
Skills and Attributes:
Excellent communication skills, written and verbal; ability to clearly articulate and connect the Foundation’s programs with donor’s priorities and interests, present exciting partnership opportunities, and report on outcomes. Must enjoy writing.
Excellent relationship management skills (both internal and with external partners) and the ability to maintain highly confidential information.
Strong organizational skills; eye for detail and an ability to manage multiple assignments at once.
Enjoy working in a fun, fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively across the organization.
Positive attitude with customer service orientation and willingness to be flexible to adapt to changing needs and "roll up shirtsleeves" to get the work done.
Experienced computer and software knowledge, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Experience with Salesforce or other fundraising databases.
About American Hotel & Lodging Association
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) is building tomorrow's hotel industry -- and the talent to fuel it. In our increasingly complex business, research and education are crucial to ensuring the lodging industry continues to thrive.
Created by a group of forward-thinking hoteliers in 1953 as the charitable, not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the Foundation initially focused on providing scholarships to a small group of promising hospitality students. Over the past half-century, the vision has expanded and the Foundation has taken on a much greater mandate: ensuring a strong and viable future for the entire lodging industry.
To date, we have distributed more than $21.5 million, and in 2016, we expended more than $1.4 million. These funds are awarded in the way of scholarships and research grants, as well as invested in key programs, such as workforce development and school-to-career, that directly affect the long term goals and success of the hospitality industry.