Development Director, Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)


ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. Established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the all-volunteer organization was credited with many of philanthropy’s early gains in diversity. It since has evolved into a fully staffed, influential network. In 2013, the organization shed its descriptor and adopted the simpler ABFE (ab-fee) to better reflect its broadening membership.

In October 2019, the ABFE board of directors adopted a 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign Plan (campaign plan). This plan lays the groundwork for all of ABFE’s fundraising over a five-year period. It focuses on the engagement of board and leadership level volunteers for the cultivation and solicitation of funds, with support, guidance, direction, and campaign management provided by ABFE staff.

Position Overview

Specific Responsibilities:

1.     Serve as the project manager for ABFE’s fund development and fundraising activities. Responsibilities include:

a.    Manage and document progress, challenges, and activity related to implementing ABFE’s comprehensive fundraising plan.

b.    Working with the Vice President, Membership and External Affairs, ensure all identified prospective major donors are qualified and appropriately cultivated, and solicited.

c.     Update fundraising timelines and activity charts.

d.    Working with the Vice President of Membership & External Relations, the President & CEO, and the Resource Development Committee of the Board, determine and document strategies and goals for securing financial support from foundations, corporations, and other forms of organized philanthropy.

e.    Work with members of the ABFE senior management team to ensure grant reports are submitted on time and meet each funder’s requirements.

f.      Apprise the Vice President, Membership and External Affairs of fund development and fundraising progress and challenges.

g.     Produce and mail timely pledge reminders to those who have made pledges.

h.    Ensure timely distribution of donor benefits.

i.      Create thank you letters that provide an update on ABFE activities and impact, and campaign progress. Create a new letter each month.

2.     Serve as a member of the ABFE fundraising campaign taskforce.

Responsibilities include:

a.    Provide data and information needed to educate board, campaign taskforce, and volunteers about each prospective donor, with a priority on those who can give at the highest levels.

b.    Craft and distribute agendas before each meeting of the campaign taskforce.

c.     Provide verbal and written campaign reports to campaign taskforce.

d.    Ensure that taskforce members have the materials, training, and direction they need to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

e.    Serve as the primary point of contact for taskforce members and fundraising volunteers

f.      Ensure all fundraising leaders and ABFE management team are aware of updated timeframes and the completion of specific campaign activities and milestones.

g.     Review monthly fundraising data to ensure the organization’s fundraising activities are progressing toward the campaign goal in a timely fashion.

3.     Manage the work of the data specialist to ensure:

a.    Ensure that fundraising-related data are input, tracked, and maintained. This includes information related to campaign “suspects” and “prospects” and notes related to each.

b.    Ensure all processes and procedures for data entry and report generation are documented.

4.     Develop and document fundraising-related systems and procedures such as:

a.    Proposal creation and reporting submission guidelines.

b.    Online and/or credit card giving and payroll deductions.

c.     Recording of gifts, pledges, and credit card transactions; and the tracking of solicitor/prospect relationships and individual solicitations.

d.    Develop and implement procedures for thanking donors (foundations, individuals and online).


·      Undergraduate degree and a minimum of six years’ experience managing nonprofit annual and major gifts fundraising campaigns

·      Experience working with and supporting high-level fundraising volunteers in a campaign environment

·      Grant writing, reporting, and management experience

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details. Ability to construct and analyze program budgets;

·      Strategic thinker with experience in project management.

·      Exceptional interpersonal and analytical skills required as well as the ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment;

.      Proficient technical abilities with donor databases and Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite; Ability to trouble-shoot and problem-solve data



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