REDF is a pioneering venture philanthropy that invests exclusively in the growth and effectiveness of employment social enterprises?mission-driven businesses dedicated to helping people who otherwise would be shut out of the workforce, get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better life. Since 1997, REDF has invested in 186 social enterprises in 26 states, who have collectively employed over 41,000 individuals and generated $845 million in earned revenue. The investments we make transform lives, strengthen families and communities, and help build a better, more inclusive society.
REDF’s development team leads the organization’s fundraising and giving strategy that fuels our work to grow and strengthen employment social enterprise (ESE) businesses so more men and women striving for a better can get the jobs and support they need to experience greater economic security and mobility. We apply solid development practices to invest in solutions that generate a social return on investment – more people employed, higher incomes, more stable housing, and reduced recidivism.
REDF is seeking a Donor Relations Manager to help REDF’s development team reach the organization’s fundraising goals. As a member of the team you will play a critical role in REDF’s individual donor cultivation and stewardship. You will engage, cultivate, solicit, and most importantly steward REDF’s individual donors. You will create and oversee the processes and systems to support individual donor giving at REDF, work collaboratively with the communications and marketing team, and assist in the overall efforts of the development team, which has an annual goal of $10-20M for each fiscal year. You will report to the Vice President of Development, Marketing and Communications, and support and collaborate with the Vice President and the President and CEO in cultivation and stewardship activities.
Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Cultivation and Solicitation of Individual Donors
Exercise considerable originality, independence, and resourcefulness to cultivate and steward donors that currently support REDF to create a high-quality donor experience(s) that leads to consistency in giving and increase gift levels year over year. Cultivation and stewardship include the creation and implementation approach for each donor, for example: site visits, coordination of major donor events, and other experiences, communications, proposals, and acknowledgements
Partner with colleagues throughout REDF to develop strategies that align with the current work of the organization and planned programming that aligns with the overall organization’s strategic plan
Work closely with the development team and the VP of Development, Marketing and Communications to build a prospect portfolio and ensure the flow of prospects into the giving pipeline from identification through solicitation
Plan and execute small-scale (100 participants at most) fundraising/cultivation/donor appreciation events, managing all aspects of event operations and logistics, including managing invite and RSVP lists and liaising with venue and vendors
Manage a portfolio of individual donors that give $10,000/year and above, employing strategic thought process and collaboration with the team to secure annual commitments
Individual Donor Systems & Data Management
Manage individual prospect/funder data using Salesforce CRM
Manage grant proposal and reporting calendar and information in Salesforce for REDF’s current and prospective grants
Manage data analysis and reports for individual funders in support of development analytics, donor communications and events planning
Provide regular reports on individual fundraising performance
Excellent and proven project management skills, with the ability to stay organized, anticipate needs, and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
At least 5 years of experience in individual donor management (cultivation, stewardship, etc.)
Demonstrated ability to remain calm under pressure, juggle multiple priorities, manage time independently, and pivot when needed
Ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders and communicate clearly
Ability to successfully collaborate with people from a range backgrounds, experience, and skill levels
Enjoy working both independently and as part of a broader team
Flexible - work well with some degree of ambiguity
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (i.e., PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
Ability to travel up to 30% to visit donors
Ability to work in an open office environment
Physical Demands: Position is considered sedentary and no unusual physical requirements are necessary to perform most daily tasks. Certain computer applications, programs, and documents may require an ability to differentiate colors, shapes, and symbols.
Ability to help craft REDF’s next 15 years of impact
Work with passionate, dedicated people
Apply your passion for social change in your career
Operate with a high degree of autonomy in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Competitive, comprehensive benefits package
Our website provides a great overview of REDF and our work, including:
Please submit resume and cover letter as one file through REDF’s online applicant portal. Visit our careers page for additional job opportunities.
REDF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with staff members and prospective employees, and will not discriminate against applicants for employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. REDF encourages employment applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities we serve.
REDF (the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is a pioneering venture philanthropy galvanizing a national movement of employment social enterprises—purpose-driven, revenue-generating businesses that help people striving to overcome employment barriers get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better life. For people with histories of incarceration, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and young people who are not in school or working, social enterprises provide the paying jobs and services they need to stabilize their lives, develop a work history, and build skills and confidence. When employees are ready, social enterprises help them find competitive employment.
Research shows this approach works. It leads to greater economic security and mobility and a significant rate of return to society—$2.23 in benefits for every $1 spent.
Since 1997, REDF has invested in 191 social enterprises in 26 states. To date, those businesses have earned over $845 million in revenue and employed nearly 42,000 people (and counting).
REDF is dedicated to transforming lives, one job at a time. We are an investment that works.
For more information, visit www.redf.org and follow REDF @REDFworks.