Philanthropy Associate, Donor Relations
Braille Institute of America - Los Angeles, CA

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1.Manages Donor Relations strategies which help position front-line fundraisers for ever-stronger relationships with donors by ensuring BIA staff appropriately and consistently thank donors, recognize donors, and report to donors on the impact of the donor’s philanthropic commitment.
2.Manages and promotes Memorial/Tribute, Monthly Giving and Workplace Giving programs, including developing promotional materials, acknowledging gifts, and providing appropriate recognition.
3.Manages and supports non-automated “acknowledgment/thank you” process for all Department of Philanthropy staff and Regional Directors. Includes: writing, updating and maintaining master thank you templates; personally composing acknowledgment letters to special donors; and assisting all staff in the generation of special acknowledgment letters upon request.
4.Manages overall BIA Donor Recognition program, including: management of policies and procedures: management of donor recognition societies; identifying donors eligible for recognition; managing print and digital recognition of donors, developing appropriate recognition and wording for plaques; and ordering, logging, and installing plaques.
5.Provides general administrative support for the Senior Director, Donor Relations & Philanthropy Services and management, including composing original correspondence, typing, filing, proofreading, developing reports, providing backup to other department staff, answering telephones, and responding to inquiries from donors, volunteers and staff.
6.Helps to coordinate donor recognition events, compiles invitation lists, mails invitations, recruits attendees, etc.
7.Serves as primary donor liaison for non-Planned Giving donor inquiries, ensuring that requests are properly managed.
8.In collaboration with front-line fundraisers, prepares customized donor stewardship reports.
9.Coordinates the state charitable registration process in conjunction with external legal counsel.

1.Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a relevant field such as Communications, English, Journalism, Marketing, or Public Relations.
2.Two or more years of increasingly responsible experience as a communications professional.
3.Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills, and the ability to grasp and articulate Braille Institute and vision-related concepts.
4.Advanced working knowledge of and ability to utilize Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel and Word.
5.Ability to work in a process driven environment with minimal supervision.
6.Advanced project management and organization skills.
7.Ability to conceptualize, implement, evaluate and coordinate broad-ranging and specific Donor Relations strategies.
8.Strong English language, interpersonal and verbal communications skills.
9.A valid California driver’s license