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Associate Director - Fund for Greater Lexington

Blue Grass Community Foundation
Lexington, KY 40507
$50,000 - $60,000 a year - Full-time


Lexington, KY 40507

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance

Full job description

Fund for Greater Lexington

The primary function of Fund for Greater Lexington (FGL) is to raise funds for its permanent endowment and then invest grant funds to incubate transformative community projects. FGL has an initial goal of raising $30m in five years for its endowment to enable its work. FGL achieves its vision, mission and objectives through the active and dedicated participation and commitment of its board of advisors, who are responsible for ensuring FGL is successful in achieving results.

To support the work of the Advisory Board, the Executive Committee of the Board is seeking a qualified Associate Director that can support FGL with the following activities.

FGL Associate Director, responsibilities include:

Support fundraising, including but not limited to

· Support and coordinate the development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising strategy to meet and exceed fundraising goals

· Work with the Board and Fundraising Committee to execute the fundraising strategy particularly around cultivating individual donors

· Prospect research to help identify potential donors, sponsors, and grant-making organizations

· Plan and execute events and campaigns to generate funds and engage donors

· Collaborate with the BGCF communications team to create and distribute fundraising materials, including appeals, website updates, social media posts, and any needed reports

· Develop and manage a stewardship strategy for new and existing donors, ensuring timely and personalized acknowledgements, updates, and impact reports

· Develop and maintain strong relationships with FGL board members and community partners, to support fundraising efforts

· Monitor and evaluate fundraising activities, analyze outcomes and make recommendations for improvement to maximize effectiveness

· Write formal donor proposals and other sponsorship and grant applications, ensuring alignment with FGL objectives and donor requirements

· Conduct thorough research to identify new funding opportunities and stay updated on current trends and practices in nonprofit fundraising, particularly within the Arts and Culture and Greenspaces areas

· Record and track all fundraising activities, including prospect meetings and communications

In addition to fundraising, the Associate Director would support the FGL Board more generally and its committees and project teams. This work would include:

· Support FGL board meetings and committees by scheduling meetings, developing agendas, ensuring appropriate follow-up

· Coordinate with various BGCF departments and resources to further FGL’s work, such as Communications, Legal, etc.

· Prepare materials for, support and participate in internal and external presentations and meetings

· Work with FGL pillar teams (Greenspaces and Arts and Culture) to establish and actively manage and engage of advisory committees to support each of the inaugural projects of FGL

· Work closely with the project chairs to develop advisory committee agendas and schedule, attend and capture outcomes from regular meetings and facilitate follow up.

· Attend and actively participate in assigned meetings, convenings, site visits and special events

· Lead special projects that may emerge

· Assist in building relationships with strategic communities and organizations

· Work with BGCF communications team to develop a comprehensive communications strategy for FGL, including social media campaigns


· Proven experience in developing and executing on fundraising goals, as well as planning and executing successful fundraising events and campaigns, demonstrating creativity and attention to detail

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build rapport and effectively communicate FGL’s mission and fundraising needs

· Excellent persuasive writing and storytelling abilities, capable of crafting compelling donor communications, fundraising appeals, and grant proposals

· Proficient in utilizing any available fundraising software, donor databases, and other relevant technology to streamline fundraising efforts and track donor relationships

· Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, managing multiple projects and deadlines concurrently

· Exceptional organizational and time management skills, with an eye for detail and the ability to prioritize tasks effectively

· Strong analytical skills, capable of interpreting data and metrics to drive fundraising strategies and measure success

· Commitment to maintaining ethical fundraising practices and confidentiality

· Team player willing to take on any activity from basic administrative tasks to supporting the execution of a $30m fundraising strategy


· Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of related professional work experience.

· Proven experience in fundraising, individual donor cultivation, event planning and/or grant writing.

· Knowledge of fundraising principles, best practices, and legal compliance related to fundraising activities.

· Familiarity with local community resources, philanthropic foundations, and government funding sources.

· Understanding of nonprofit operations and financial management.

· Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, during fundraising events or campaigns.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Experience level:

  • 5 years

Ability to Relocate:

  • Lexington, KY 40507: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Lexington, KY 40507