Donor Relations Manager – Michigan and East Coast, World Renew

Job Title

Donor Relations Manager – Michigan and East Coast


World Renew

About the Position

World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America has a full-time position opening for Donor Relations Manager – Michigan and East Coast. The position is responsible to develop relationships and implement a strategy with existing and potential donors in Michigan and on the East Coast of the USA that will increase financial support and resources, engage current constituents and cultivate potential donors. This position will be held accountable to a fundraising plan.

Job Duties


1. Develop and implement the donor development strategy and devise and execute contact plans for major and mid-range donors as follows:
a. Set fundraising goals and targets in collaboration with the team and in relation to the team strategy
b. Provide personalized communications including but not limited to donor visits, telephone calls, and written notes to appropriately thank donors
c. Research and provide donors with reports, newsletters, articles about World Renew or specific programs and areas of ministry, or other relevant information to report on the impact of their giving, increase their understanding and support for the ministry of World Renew, and/or respond to their request(s) for specific information
d. Perform similar contacts that affirm donors and share the ministry of World Renew with existing and potential donors
2. Promote planned giving in collaboration with team members and the Barnabas Foundation representatives
3. Determine donor interest, develop and present funding requests and proposals, write and/or present reports as part of the stewardship of designated gifts
4. Travel within the region for in-person visits, relationship building, donor appreciation and fundraising events
5. Enter donor contacts and create profiles from the on-line donation management system
6. Run and analyze giving reports to contribute to the development of the donor pipeline in the areas of donor acquisition, retention, cultivation and solicitation
7. Perform other duties as assigned



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Membership in a Christian church and agreement with the doctrine of the CRC signified by signing a covenant statement
2. Demonstrated commitment to provide a work environment that values diversity and equality as well as have respectful relationships with others
3. Committed to working towards gender equality, equity and justice in all aspects of our programming, plans, policies and organizational structure
4. Ability to articulate a biblical world and life view and explain how World Renew carries this out by exemplifying enthusiasm for the ministry and encouraging the same in others
5. Knowledge of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC)
6. Self-directed with demonstrated ability to work with limited direction and ability to set priorities in a multi-faceted and fast-paced environment
7. Strong interpersonal communication skills: can express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing; able to listen with sensitivity
8. Thorough knowledge of correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and general business English skills
9. Demonstrated ability to creatively present and market a concept
10. Familiarity with donor database software and wealth screening tools
11. Ability to maintain confidentiality of donor relationships and giving history
12. Flexible and adaptable team player; proven skills in collaborating with others
13. Current eligibility to work in the U.S. is required

How to Apply

More information about this position and the link to apply, can be found on our website: Interested candidates should submit their online application on or before November 22, 2019.

Development and Communications Project Coordinator, Community Food Club

Job Title

Development and Communications Project Coordinator


Community Food Club

About the Position


Department: Fund Development; Reports to Executive Director.

Location: 1100 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids.

Intermittent local travel.

Salary Range: $18-$20/hour.

Benefits: Health, Dental, Paid Time Off, Retirement Match.

Schedule: Monday-Friday.

The Development and Communications Project Coordinator is responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of the annual fund. This position works in close collaboration with the Board, Executive Director, and volunteers. Duties include database management, communications, event management, volunteer committee management, and project-based work. Office-based, full-time professional position, averaging 40 hours per week with occasional night/weekend hours.

Job Duties

Essential Functions include (but are not limited to):

  • Prepare donor queries, written acknowledgement letters, and other donor literature.
  • Coordinate all fundraising events including all logistics, sponsorships, committee recruitment and management.
  • Assist with grant writing including pulling reports, writing, and reporting.
  • Assist with speaking engagements in the community. This also includes communicating with different constituents including sponsors, donors, vendors, and members.
  • Maintain organizational data in the donor database with consistency and attention to detail.  This includes database operations such as data entry, gift recording and acknowledgments, reporting, and data hygiene.
  • Prepare and execute development communication pieces, including hard copy, eblasts and social media.
  • Assist with web content management.
  • Organize volunteer committees and assist with training of other volunteers.
  • Develop reports for the Board and other leadership.
  • Assist staff with general Membership Services and Operations functions including member experience, registration and payment of membership fees and by operating the check­in, and check­out stations as well as participating in the stocking, rotation, and appearance of merchandise within the Food Club.

Other duties as assigned.


Education required: Bachelor’s preferred.

Skills required: MS Office, Email, Internet, Donor software.

Skills preferred: Public speaking, Social Media.

Qualifications: (Preferred 2-3 years prior fund-raising experience and database management)

  • Professional presentation, with excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, and an energetic and engaging personality.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to make decisions and work independently.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite, Social Media, and database management.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle donor interest and personal information with tact and sensitivity, in a confidential manner.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a strong customer-service orientation.
  • Ability to set and meet realistic goals, establish work priorities, organize people and materials to reach goals, handle pressure well, and evaluate and report results.
  • Ability to multi-task while handlingwork expectations including telephone, basic office machines, reading, writing, typing, computer/data entry, and some travel.

How to Apply


Subject Line: Development and Communications Project Coordinator.

Mail: AJ Fossel, Executive Director, Community Food Club, 1100 S Division Ave., Grand Rapids MI 49507

About the Organization

Mission: An innovative and dignified approach to food security rooted in consumer choice, member participation, and access to healthy foods.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified, and may change at the discretion of the incumbent’s manager/supervisor.

Donor Engagement Officer, PAWS With A Cause®

Job Title

Donor Engagement Officer


PAWS With A Cause®

About the Position

Position Summary – The Donor Engagement Officer will cultivate relationships with mid-level donors stewarding them to their highest, best gift. This position will lead the identification, development and stewardship of strategic partnerships with local, state, and national businesses and corporations. The Donor Engagement Officer will also be responsible for donor-centered events including PAWS To Celebrate and PAWS Together.

 Advancement Department:

 OUTCOME: Have a strong, sustainable fund development and communications/public relations effort that meets the current and future needs of Paws With A Cause®.

Build, support, and maintain a strong annual fund effort that meets the on-going needs of the organization while creating a cultivation and loyalty strategy that moves donors to their best, highest gift.

Support donors to make their best, highest gift including capital, major, special, and planned gifts to ensure long-term organizational sustainability.

Build PAWS® identity and reputation locally and regionally through consistent brand, communications, and PR efforts to identify, cultivate, and engage prospective donors, volunteers, and community partners.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to work in a rapidly changing environment. Frequent telephone and computer use. Use of manual dexterity required for writing and computer use. Sitting for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Allocation of Time

Walking/Moving – 50%

Driving – 15%

Computer – 75%

Talking/hearing – 80%

Sitting – 50%

Working Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

      1. Animal-related environment with as many as (100) dogs residing on-site at any given time.

      2. Dress code consists of a professional appearance required at all times.

Hours of Work

Full-time salaried exempt position working 40-50 hours per week (base hours of 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday). Some occasional night and weekend work may be required to accomplish the essential job functions of this position. Any hours worked in excess of 50 hours in the same work week with prior approval from your supervisor will be eligible for compensatory time.                                            

Job Duties

Essential Job Functions:

  • Must adhere to and emulate the PAWS’ Core Values in all that you do; must conduct yourself as an ambassador of PAWS displaying a proper cultural fit within the organization
  • Engage, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of approximately 350-750 mid-level donors (ie:$500-$2000) stewarding to higher levels of annual giving
  • Work with programs and communications departments to secure appropriate project information, including budgets, to create proposals that will be utilized in donor asks
  • Plan and organize donor-centered events including but not limited to PAWS To Celebrate and PAWS Together
  • Identify business and corporate partnership opportunities developing effective cultivation strategies to secure these financial relationships including sponsorships for events
  • Coordinate effective programs for donor recognition, involvement, and stewardship
  • Along with Annual Fund Manager, serve as liaison to the Community Engagement Committee, working to develop strategies to facilitate personal solicitation of prospects by committee members.  

Other Duties:

  • Prepare for and participate in CEO visits to potential and current corporate and business partners
  • Remain current with fundraising trends and the local and national nonprofit community
  • Support other team members with events, tours, mailings, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned


Project Management                             




Written and Verbal Communication skills

Emotional Intelligence

Computer Skills

 Reasoning Ability and Judgment Skills

 Customer Service

 Supervisory Responsibilities – This position has no supervisory responsibilities.



Attention to detail

Flexibility and customer-service focus

Analytical and critical thinking skills

nterpersonal and professional communication skills both verbal and written

Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

Proficiency with Microsoft Office software products

Possess a high level of emotional intelligence

CFRE a plus

 Education and/or Experience                                              

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from an accredited college or university preferred degree in nonprofit management or comparable continuing education in fundraising and/or nonprofit management; Minimum of 3-5 years of fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector. Experience managing corporate and business partnerships preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a current driver’s license, and the points must not exceed the allotted amount to be covered under PAWS vehicle insurance. Must have reliable transportation.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please go to

Please contact PAWS Development Director, Colette Beighley, at for further questions regarding this position. Thank you!

About the Organization

Organization Overview – Paws With A Cause® is a national organization headquartered just outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. PAWS® raises and trains Assistance Dogs for clients with disabilities. Each dog’s training program is customized to accommodate the unique needs of individuals with various types of disabilities.

Mission Statement – Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.

Core Values – All employees must adhere to PAWS® Core Values: Dedication, Proactive, Ambitious, Optimistic, Adaptable, and Innovative.

Culture – Demonstrates leadership by living the ideal PAWS culture across the organization, placing organizational needs, strategic goals and priorities first; establish credibility; acting with integrity; showing commitment; inspiring, motivating and guiding team to achieve PAWS objectives and goals.