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You might hire a director of donor relations to:

  • Devise, implement, direct, and evaluate fundraising campaigns to ensure financial goals are met
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with potential donors to expand and diversify the donor base
  • Maintain strong relationships with existing donors, ensuring they feel appreciated and are kept up to date about the organization
  • Work closely with the development team to ensure strategic fundraising goals are being met
  • Report progress to the executive team, board of directors, and other stakeholders


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Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
5+ years’ experience in fundraising or constituent relations
Degree in relevant discipline, such as communications or public administration
Proven track record of planning, executing, and measuring successful fundraising strategies
Experience managing a development team
Deep commitment to ethics
Ability to produce or direct marketing pieces to support fundraising
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Previous roles in fields relevant to your organization’s mission and programs
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, fundraising software, and databases
Knowledge of fundraising, development, and donor engagement best practices
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