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Manager of Community Giving

Posted: 03/19/2021

WOW! Children’s Museum is an equal-opportunity, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that offers employees a creative and collaborative working environment, with work-from-home and other flexible options. We engage all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity and discovery and offer a wide-range of virtual and community-based experiences as well. The ideal candidate will have outstanding fundraising, partnership-building and communication skills as well as the ability to take the lead in ensuring the successful execution of a diverse and robust fundraising program.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:  No phone calls, please.

FLSA Status: Not-Exempt

Job Status: Part-time

Grade/Level: Experienced

Reports to: Executive Director

Work Schedule: 25 - 29 hours/week, flexible

Amount of Travel Required: Minimal

Benefits Eligibility: Not eligible

Positions Supervised: one (currently vacant)
Salary: $24-$29/hour


The Manager of Community Giving is responsible for implementing the overall fundraising strategy for the Museum, meeting budgeted fundraising revenue goals annually to support our mission to provide educational interactive exhibits, activities and programs for all children. Primary duties include collaborating with Executive Director and Board on developing and refining the annual fundraising strategy, lead on individual donor cultivation, grant writing, corporate sponsorship solicitation, and database management.

Oversee Annual Development Plan and Donor Cultivation Strategy

  • Co-develop and manage the organization’s fundraising plan

  • Manage development department budget

  • Maintain Altru database for accurate accounting of all fundraising revenue and produce reports for funders and the board of directors, as needed

Grant Writing

  • Prepare grant proposals and reports for foundation, corporate and government funders

  • Work with program staff to identify funding related projects

  • Research new funding prospects

Special Events Management

  • Oversee annual fundraising event, including corporate sponsorship and auction item solicitation

Donor Communications

  • Organize solicitation drives and annual giving campaign for pledges of ongoing support from individuals and corporations

  • Develop and manage individual donor base; cultivate major gifts

  • Manage gift acknowledgement process to ensure donors are thanked in a timely manner

Participate in Interdepartmental Collaboration and Training

  • Attend all staff meetings as required

  • Keep up to date on Museum policies, standards, and specific language

  • Assist in additional tasks as assigned by supervisor, including but not limited to working the exhibit floor and Museum events as needed.

COVID-19 Procedures

  • Follow all local, state and federal COVID-19 procedures – mask wearing, social distancing, and any additional requirements – as defined by state or local ordinances and/or company policy


  • Experience with creating strategy for an integrated fundraising program

  • Experience cultivating individuals, corporations, and foundations with major gift potential and a track-record of success in soliciting major gifts

  • Knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, direct mail, special events, grant writing, and online solicitation

  • Strong partnership-building, excellent leadership and outstanding people skills

  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines

  • Local fundraising experience desired but not required

  • Knowledge of and passion for museums and/or early childhood education preferred


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

  • 3 years of development experience with a nonprofit

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