Development Officer of Philanthropy

Position Summary: The Development Officer of Philanthropy will work with the Director of Philanthropy on implementing strategies to identify, cultivate and sustain individual multi-year donors as well as corporate and foundation donors using the Benevon/Raising More Money approach and other accepted fundraising strategies. This individual will be responsible for maintaining and evolving donor management software to ensure best practice in system customization. This individual will diversify support for the Mental Health Center of Denver through engagement of Denver’s diverse philanthropic communities.

Salary Range: $49,000/hr. – $52,000/yr.

Essential Job Functions:

Program/Internal Relations.

  • Interface and engage program staff within the organization to develop and enhance support for fundraising opportunities.
  • Collaborate with development staff to promote fundraising/marketing efforts.

Individual Donors

  • Research, identify, and cultivate new donors in consultation with the Director of Philanthropy and the Vice President of Development utilizing donor research software.
  • Help steward current and potential individual donors through personal meetings and follow-up.

Corporate Donors

  • Research and identify corporate donors with the intent of determining their potential for being event sponsors or corporate grantors.
  • Share information on potential corporate grantors with the Grants Development Manager.
  • Provide support in soliciting sponsorships for events.

Foundation Donors

  • Research and identify potential foundation funders.
  • Determine if the foundation has an interest in mental health, whether the organization meets its guidelines, or has been previously funded.
  • Share information on potential foundation funders with the Grants Development Manager.

Annual Fundraising Event(s)

  • Help identify and recruit corporate and foundation sponsors for the event.
  • Support development of invitation list.
  • Implement guest recruitment plan and track RSVP’s.
  • Assure that attendees are acknowledged and thanked for their attendance and gifts.
  • Promote fundraising efforts through social media.

Donor Recognition

  • Support the Director of Philanthropy and Director of Marketing in creating, writing, proofing the annual report to community.
  • Support and monitor donor wall updates
  • Implement ongoing plan for donor recognition

Planned Giving

  • Support Director of Philanthropy in implementing planned giving program.

Database Management

  • Manage the donor database.
  • Support users at a variety of skill levels within the development team
  • Provide technical expertise to fundraising efforts.
  • Ensure best practice in system customization.
  • Analyze fundraising data and make recommendations on ways to improve outreach.
  • Create monthly standard reports and additional specific reports as needed.

Workplace Giving

  • Increase outreach to staff members regarding workplace giving.
  • Participate in workplace giving training and speaking in cooperation with Community Health Charities, Mile High United Way and/or others.

Colorado Gives Day

  • Work with Community First Foundation in creating ways to promote Colorado Gives Day to current and potential donors.
  • Participate in training and other events with Community First Foundation in support of Colorado Gives Day.

Job Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field

Experience: Background in non-profit organizations preferred.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of professional ethics of fundraising
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including strong public speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with people from all walks of life from both inside and outside the organization
  • Expertise in information management software including MS Word, MS Excel.
  • Advanced user of donor management and event planning software such as eTapestry
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills.


MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED: Computers, calculators, fax machines, scanners, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. May require lifting up to 50 pounds. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, the telephone and other office equipment.

Typical Mental Demands: Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Requires occasional evening, weekend, or on-call hours.

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