Annual Fund Manager, Kids’ Food Basket

Job Title

Annual Fund Manager


Kids’ Food Basket

About the Position

Reports to: Development Director

The Annual Fund Manager works closely with and under supervision of the Development Director and the development team to develop and implement strong fundraising strategies and tactics to connect and engage the Kids’ Food Basket’s various audiences. This position oversees annual giving strategies and has strong leadership and project management skills to advance the mission of Kids’ Food Basket.

The ideal candidate will have an extraordinary understanding of fundraising and relationship building skills and extensive experiences working effectively with persons from various cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds. They will have a demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative setting.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Kids’ Food Basket offers a very comprehensive benefit package.

Job Duties

Job Responsibilities

Annual Fund

  • Develop annual fundraising plan with Development Director that leads to meeting organizational budget and goals, including but not limited to annual giving calendar, collateral, stewardship and recognition programs.
  • Manage annual fundraising for Kids’ Food Basket, specifically working with corporate and community groups by building relationships within the West Michigan community
  • Partner with communications team to create dynamic annual appeals increasing donor giving.
  • Maintain and grow a dynamic portfolio of donors increasing revenue through a variety of donor engagement tactics.
  • Create and implement strategies specific around donor retention and renewals within corporate and community group giving demographics by giving level.
  • Manage special giving groups such as employee giving, matching gifts, in honor and memorial donors creating strategies to increase and retain giving.
  • Create and implement, with Development Director, overall annual giving strategy including short and long-term goals to increase charitable revenue through annual giving tactics.
  • Oversight of Kids’ Food Basket fiduciary events, including Feast for Kids and future major donor events.
  • Identify and solicit annual event sponsorships.
  • Assists the Development Team in creating new annual fundraising events and strategies to meet the funding needs of the agency.

Database and Analytics

  • Analyze data to make strategic recommendations around annual giving
  • Trend identification within giving of current donors as well as industry trends
  • Detail data reports from database system and prepare reports for Development Director and Leadership Team

Project Management

  • Manages Connect with Kids’ Food Basket events throughout year
  • Manages Community Partner Program, donor recognition and thank you process
  • Develop processes to enhance the departments overall efficiency and effectiveness for maintaining engagement with donors

Other Duties Assigned

  • Act as a spokesperson of Kids’ Food Basket at speaking engagements.
  • Serves on Fund Development Committee.
  • Supervises Fund Development staff and interns as needed.
  • Other duties that assist the KFB team as assigned.


  • Participate in and assist with daily tasks of Kids’ Food Basket.
  • At least 40 hours per week – flexible scheduling, 8-10 evening and weekend hours necessary per month per job description.
  • Regular travel to Kids’ Food Basket regional locations.
  • Opportunity exists for professional advancement based on work performance and organizational need


Skills and Qualifications                 

  • Bachelor degree required for application.
  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer or staff member.
  • Must be able to effectively interact with a diverse population of youth and adult volunteers from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Experience speaking in front of groups, making presentations and leading group from 5-300 consisting of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Be organized with the ability to work in a fast paced, ever changing work environment.
  • Possesses skills in project and time management.
  • Be well versed in computer programs (Microsoft Office required, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop preferred).
  • Experience with Raisers Edge is a plus.
  • Can work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems, analyze systems and data, and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Physical requirements include a typical office environment with periods of sitting at a computer screen and being able to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • The job entails duties off-site including local travel.
  • An understanding of fund development, stewardship and community outreach.
  • Have a basic understanding of hunger and poverty issues in Grand Rapids.

How to Apply

To be considered for the position, applicants must send cover letter, resume and salary requirements

via email as soon as possible. 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received

(No phone calls please)

Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

About the Organization

Kids’ Food Basket is nourishing kids to reach their potential. We make changing the world FUN!  If you’re passionate about children reaching their dreams, then consider joining our team!

We began nearly 17 years ago by serving 125 kids each school day through our Sack Supper program, and now serve thousands of kids each school/summer program day throughout Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland. Sack Suppers are evening meals that provide nutrition that’s critical to the development of kids’ brains and bodies. Our organizational strategic areas focus on local growth and West Michigan growth, our Kids Helping Kids program, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and our community engagement programming.

Kids’ Food Basket is an equal opportunity employer. Our policy provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, religious belief, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, qualifying disability, height, weight, marital status, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kids’ Food Basket complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities.

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