The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (the Foundation) is among the country’s oldest and largest community foundations. Established in 1925, the Foundation serves the Capitol Region of Connecticut, including Hartford and 28 surrounding towns. The Foundation is permanently committed to improving the quality of life for residents throughout the region. To achieve this goal, the Foundation provides financial and other support that enables people and institutions to serve the community effectively; promotes charitable giving in order to expand the region’s philanthropic resources; and participates actively in efforts to identify important community needs and opportunities, as well as the means to address them.
The Foundation’s 2014 year-end assets totaled $934 million and comprised 1,091 funds. The Foundation has an annual operating budget of approximately $8 million, a grantmaking budget of $31.8 million for 2015, a staff of 57, and a nine-member Board of Directors. In addition to the President, the Foundation’s senior leadership team includes the Vice President for Communications and Marketing, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Vice President for Programs.
The Foundation continues to build on its longstanding reputation for being responsive to community needs and actively seeking local feedback to inform its grantmaking and planning.
Reporting to the President, the Vice President, Development and Donor Engagement (Vice President) is responsible for designing and executing the overall fund development and donor engagement program for the organization. S/he will lead and direct the Development and Donor Engagement staff and work closely with the President, the Foundation’s Senior Leadership team and the Development Committee of the Board of Directors to provide the leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for strategically, systematically and incrementally expanding philanthropic support for the Foundation.
The Vice President will leverage the extraordinary history of the Foundation as a community change partner, its high level of visibility and reputation, and its track record as an excellent financial steward in order to cultivate and steward the current donor base, while growing new support. Primary focus areas will include: donor cultivation and engagement, gift solicitation, charitable gift planning, and broadening and diversifying the Foundation’s revenue streams. The Vice President will also be responsible for aligning the Foundation's development and donor engagement efforts with the Foundation’s overall strategic plan and will serve as an ambassador for the organization. The position offers a visible platform for a visionary and strategic leader to advance the Foundation's leading edge work putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities within the Greater Hartford region.
The Vice President, Development and Donor Engagement will be expected to do the following on an ongoing basis:
- In partnership with the President, Senior Leadership team, Development and Donor Engagement staff, Development Committee of the Board of Directors and others as appropriate, provide the leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for expanding the Foundation's fundraising efforts;
- Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual and institutional donors;
- Serve as a key member of the Foundation's Senior Leadership team, participating in the development and implementation of policies, strategy, short- and long-term planning, and financial and operational goals and objectives;
- Lead and supervise the Development and Donor Engagement team, inspiring and supporting them in their work, ensuring a highly collaborative, accountable, results-oriented, and transparent workplace culture;
- Ensure that the team's work is innovative, high-impact, strategically focused and reflective of best practices in the field; Establish a learning culture, including access to regular professional development/training opportunities;
- Work with staff to engage professional advisors (attorneys, accountants, financial planners, etc.) and inform them of the Foundation’s capacities and support their clients with philanthropic advice and charitable gift planning for their clients;
- Lead the planning and implementation of donor education, public speaking engagements, and targeted outreach to a range of professional firms and community organizations on behalf of the Foundation;
- Ensure the flow of relevant information and encourage effective coordination between and among teams; Provide detailed reports and metrics related to gifts and fund development progress to the President and the Board on a regular basis;
- Lead and manage the Development and Donor Engagement department in a fiscally sound manner; Ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place to support the Foundation's fundraising and stewardship goals; and
- Serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for the Foundation's mission and programs.
The Vice President, Development and Donor Engagement should have the following experience and qualifications:
- At least 10 years of successful experience with significant accomplishments in development and donor engagement in a large, complex organization; Experience in endowment and major gift fundraising and charitable gift planning is desirable;
- A successful track record of leading and managing people to achieve individual, team, and organizational goals; An ability to connect to staff, both on an individual level and in groups; The capacity to clearly communicate a vision of success and inspire others to effectively achieve goals;
- Demonstrated ability to set development strategy and fund development plans in collaboration with senior leaders of an organization; proven ability to set and meet fundraising goals and work effectively with donors at every stage of the gift process; Familiarity with the national community foundation field, as well as national endowment trends, is desirable;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to create compelling, evidence-based case statements and funding arguments; Experience communicating through social media is valuable;
- An outstanding relationship builder with existing ties to a broad range of donor communities; Successful prior development experience within underserved and/or diverse communities is highly desirable; Bilingual capabilities in any of the languages spoken within the Greater Hartford Region served by the Foundation is also desirable;
- A Bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement; a graduate or professional degree is a plus, as is the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential.
Ideally, the Vice President of Development and Donor Engagement will be:
- Committed to the Foundation's mission and goals;
- An entrepreneurial catalyst with vision who can create excitement and energy around the Foundation's work; Persuasive, persistent, and creative in the pursuit of the Foundation's goals;
- A team builder with a demonstrated belief in the importance of collaboration;
- Comfortable in an organizational culture that is both service- and results-oriented;
- A self- starter able to prioritize and delegate efforts in the context of multiple projects;
- Open and transparent; One who understands the subtleties of motivating, directing and working with diverse, strong, independent personalities and work styles;
- An outstanding relationship builder with the ability to manage and sustain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
- Rigorously ethical and trustworthy, with a genuine passion for philanthropy;
- Professional and diplomatic.
To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter and current resume to:
Lauren I. Gumbs
Gumbs + Partners
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is an Equal Opportunity Employer relying on a diverse group of individuals to achieve its mission. The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Posted: May 27, 2015