Middletown, CT

Manager, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement (Take Steps & Special Events), Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

The Organization

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Inc is a private, non-profit national organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. We fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. In addition, our educational workshops and programs, along with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s core values of compassion, integrity, leadership, collaboration, and inclusion inspire and drive every member of our highly performing team.

Position Overview

The Manager, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement (Take Steps & Special Events) works in partnership with Foundation leaders, community volunteers and committees to drive growth and success in the Take Steps fundraising campaign and chapter Special Events. This individual will identify, recruit, train and partner with leadership volunteers to harness their passion and skills and to help maximize their engagement in order to advance the mission of the Foundation.

The Manager is the main representative for the Foundation in the Connecticut area and will lead the effort to unify and engage the IBD community within this geographic area.  The Manager travels throughout the designated market area to meet with constituents and serves as a key leader for the Foundation with volunteers and supporters. The Manager will help to identify and cultivate partnerships and alliances that will promote growth and awareness in the IBD community.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:


  • Oversee a budget of $135,000+, which includes achieving gross and net revenue goals and managing expenses for one dinner event and one Take Steps walk event and any other events assigned by your supervisor.
  • Develop impactful relationships within the patient and corporate community empowering them to tell their stories through direct peer-to-peer fundraising.
  • Go the extra mile to understand the full scope of these diseases and in turn, use that knowledge to connect with patients in a meaningful way. Communicate shared vision by utilizing national campaign and marketing materials, adjusting as appropriate.
  • Create annual operational plan including marketing, budgeting and project management to ensure success of the Take Steps campaign & special events.
  • Ensure revenue goal is achieved by developing, implementing and assessing year-round strategic fundraising plans for all Take Steps walks & special events. Plan includes campaign & special events revenue drivers, proactive team/committee engagement, acquisition, day of experience, sponsorship and data-revenue tracking and assessment. Make timely adjustments to fundraising strategies as needed.
  • Prioritize relationship development. Deliver excellent customer service to all donors, participants, corporate partners and teams by understanding their interests, responding promptly to requests and providing consistent year-round communication.
  • Manage and execute logistics to provide day-of event experience for corporate partners, patients and supporters.
  • Oversee the production of all collateral materials related to fundraising events, programs and activities.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with colleagues across both campaigns.
  • Work In Partnership with local and national staff to work collectively towards strategic chapter goals.
  • Contribute to the overall chapter fundraising success by assisting colleagues across campaigns whenever possible.
  • Maintain accurate and complete database, records and files for events, programs and activities, including budgets, weekly reports, walk site development plans and special event trackers.

Volunteer Engagement

  • Recruit and manage all event committees and honorees.
  • Build a compelling vision for growth and collaboration with volunteer leaders and staff to achieve this vision.
  • Work with leadership volunteer and committees to identify, recruit and engage volunteers who have potential to make a significant impact.
  • Build strong and effective partnerships with volunteers and supporters and help foster a culture of accountability and recognition.
  • Partner with and provide comprehensive support to volunteer committees in order to drive success in campaigns and grow support for our mission.
  • Keep appropriate documentation and records management for all volunteer engagement activities.
  • Participate in chapter prospecting activities.
  • Other duties as required.

Special Events

  • Take a lead role in planning, directing and implementing special events.
  • Analyze and improve existing events by ensuring best practices are implemented.
  • Conduct planning and evaluative meetings with Executive Director and assigned volunteers relative to each fundraising event, program and activity.
  • Oversee the production of all collateral materials related to fundraising events, programs and activities.
  • Manage all on-line event platforms including ticket and event websites and electronic journals.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in not-for-profit fundraising.
  • Skilled in building and sustaining meaningful relationships.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with board members, volunteers and donors.
  • Aptitude for planning, budgeting and time management.
  • Exceptional written/oral presentation and communication skills.
  • Computer skills including basic data management, Microsoft Office suite, and some web-based program experience.
  • Creative thinker/problem solver.
  • Skillful in balancing multiple and competing priorities.
  • Proven capability of working with a variety of personality and leadership styles in a matrixed organization, and externally with volunteers and partners.
  • Independent, self-starter with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and follow-up.
  • Flexible to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to travel locally up to 25%.

How To Apply

*Please follow the link below to submit an online application via the Crohn’s & Colitis Career page.

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