Indianapolis, IN

Development Officer - Friends of the Library, The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

The Organization

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that raises private contributions to support The Indianapolis Public Library. The Foundation’s values are service, innovation, collaboration and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Position Overview

The Development Officer – Friends of the Library is a part of the Development Team, managing the Library Foundation’s annual fund program and a portfolio of foundation, corporate and organization donors. This position reports to the Vice President.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Friends of the Library Annual Fund program by:
    • Developing schedule, content, mailing lists for soliciting and stewarding Friends of the Library. Coordinating printing and mailing needs with staff and vendors.
    • Using Raiser’s Edge to measure the success of the Friends fundraising program.
    • Implementing new strategies for donor acquisition.
    • Cultivating and upgrading Friends of the Library to become managed individual donors.
    • Growing the monthly, recurring donor program, Loyal Friends, and providing excellent stewardship to existing Loyal Friends.
  • Maintain and grow a portfolio of foundation, corporate, organization and managed individual donors by:
    • Identifying and qualifying prospective donors.
    • Cultivating prospective donors.
    • Soliciting new and renewed gifts with oral and/or written presentations, grant applications, pledge forms and other tools.
    • Stewarding donors with appropriate visits, reports and updates.
  • Develop and implement cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for Library staff, including managing the annual Library staff campaign.
  • Engage with the fundraising for and execution of the Foundation’s annual fundraising event, including sponsorship requests, silent auction item solicitation and stewarding donors during and after the event.
  • Participate in staff meetings to develop strategic actions to further organizational goals.
  • Maintain information to help determine annual revenue goals and fundraising expenses.
  • Attend Development Committee meetings and take minutes; support board members’ fundraising efforts.
  • Participate in annual review of proposed Library programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Commitment to the Library Foundation’s mission and values.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of fundraising experience; experience with direct mail/annual fund management and/or proposal writing preferred.
  • The ability to secure gifts and meet fundraising goals; experience supporting board-level volunteers in fundraising a plus.
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills; the ability to represent the Foundation positively to diverse stakeholders.
  • Proficiency using productivity software such as Microsoft 365 (word processing, spreadsheets, calendaring, email, etc.), fundraising software, virtual meeting software, and the internet; experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Leadership, intelligence and a strong work ethic.
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management.
  • Professionalism, discretion and honesty in handling confidential information.
  • Enthusiasm, energy and a sense of humor.
  • Transportation for work-related travel within the Indianapolis area.
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends for events.

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