Philanthropy Associate, Planned Giving
Braille Institute of America, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA

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Braille Institute of America, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate blindness and severe sight loss as a barrier to the fulfillment of life. Through educational training, programs and services, Braille Institute helps people regain and maintain their independence through five regional centers (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange County, Rancho Mirage, and San Diego) and through more than 135 community outreach programs

We currently are seeking a Philanthropy Associate, Planned Giving in our Philanthropy department in Los Angeles. Reporting to the Senior Director of Philanthropy, this position is responsible for:
  • Assisting Planned Giving & Major Gifts staff in their donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts;
  • Serving as the primary donor and prospect liaison for system wide planned giving inquiries, tacking and follow up;
  • Managing the gift annuity contract administration, including preparation of contract documents and maintenance of files;
  • Identifying, cultivating, soliciting, stewarding and managing own portfolio of viable low-major (outright and deferred) gift prospects. (Portfolio is to be built over a two-year period from date of hire.);
  • Helping to coordinate donor recognition events by compiling invitation lists, mailing invitations, recruiting attendees, coordinating logistics and working the events;
  • In collaboration with Directors of Philanthropy, help to prepare customized donor stewardship reports;
  • Maintaining appropriate, current and accurate donor records, including coding, comments and pertinent information in fundraising data base and files;
  • Providing general administrative support for Department of Philanthropy as requested, and serves as back up to other Philanthropy Associates.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel and Word, and ability to effectively utilize fundraising software applications (Raiser's Edge or a SalesForce product);
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading and English language skills, and ability to produce well written correspondence;
  • Strong planning, project management, organization and comprehension skills; ability to work in a process driven environment with minimal supervision, and to complete work in a timely, effective and accurate manner;
  • Ability to understand and communicate legal and financial aspects of complex current and planned gifts;
  • Advanced interpersonal, leadership, and verbal communications skills, and ability to communicate clearly and persuasively;
  • Two or more years of increasingly responsible experience in administrative support, marketing, sales, etc.;
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in a relevant field or comparable work experience.

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