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Director of Development

Company: Kids In Need Foundation
Date Posted: March 20, 2017

Director of Development, Kids in Need Foundation
Roseville, Minnesota

About the Kids in Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed nearly $800 million in school supplies, directly benefiting 4.8 million students and more than 150,000 teachers annually.

Position Summary

Cultivate and solicit financial and product donations from corporations, foundations and individuals in support of the Foundation.  This person will work closely with the Executive Director and the Senior Director of Development and Corporate Partnerships to obtain gifts, manage corporate cause-related marketing programs, and grants being applied for by the Foundation.


  1. Develop and maintain relationships with key decision makers in corporations and foundations to insure acquisition of cash and product gifts.
  2. Research, cultivate, and solicit gift prospects to include corporations, individuals, and foundations.
  3. Proactively manage the solicitation process to move donors to higher levels of giving.
  4. Work with the Board Fundraising Committee to identify and cultivate funding opportunities with key contacts for corporate and individual giving.
  5. Identify and develop strategies for cause related marketing opportunities with key corporate partners to raise funds for/increase awareness of the Foundation’s programs.
  6. Strengthen the individual giving program.
  7. Utilize the Foundation’s fundraising reporting system to update activities and the progress being made with donors.
  8. Work with the Executive Director and the Senior Director of Development and Corporate Partnerships to develop and implement financial and strategic goals and to create an annual fundraising plan.
  9. Participate in the development of an annual plan of work and budget.
  10.  Promote a team environment among the Foundation staff.
  11. Other duties requested by the Executive Director.


  • Five or more years of successful leadership experience as a fundraising professional.  A track record of major gift solicitation success, particularly with corporations.
  • A demonstrated self-starter and a strong manager capable of handling and prioritizing multiple programs and details.
  • Baccalaureate degree.
  • Skilled in the essentials of prospect research, cultivation, and one-on-one solicitations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work effectively with major corporate donors and other varied constituencies including volunteers and individuals. 
  • Experienced in the development of communication materials that describe and promote development programs.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal skills and the ability to make effective presentations in front of groups and organizations. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Willingness to travel.

Application Process

Submit resume and cover letter to Bill Moran, The Moran Company.   APPLY NOW