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Freelance Fundraising Consultant
Goodwill NYNJ in Pasadena, California
Date Posted 09/07/2020
Philanthropy-Foundation Relations
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Title: Freelance Fundraising Consultant (30 hours per week)

Location: Astoria, Queens

Reports To: VP of Development

Cost Center: 62600

General Purpose:

The Freelance Fundraising Consultant will have multiple responsibilities within the Annual Development Plan, working with the VP of Development.

The position will focus on: 1) overseeing the Annual Fund and all Donor Communications; 2) managing the in-store “Round Up” program, 3) handling the department’s daily operations, including gift processing and acknowledgement, financial reconciliation and KPI tracking, and purchasing and accounts payable; 4) playing a supportive role for annual Goodwill Honors and Goodwill Extended events; 5) Building and Managing the Board of Ambassadors (Jr. Board) and overseeing their Ugly Sweater Party; and 6) growing the Corporate Volunteers program.

The position will require a self-motivated, communications-savvy, data-driven individual who will be confident both in a project management role and working both independently and collaboratively.

Manage the Annual Fund

Working with the VP of Development, a direct mail consultant and the marketing team, oversee the Annual Fund which includes:

  • Coordinating the Year-End Appeal to donors; the Four acquisitions mailings to prospects; the Four online solicitations; Giving Tuesday; the Board Connectors Appeal

  • Execute monthly stewardship plan to mid- and major-donors

Manage Round UP:

  • Act as the primary Development liaison for the in-store Round Up program:

  • Retrieve data collection and analysis from finance for the Round Up program; and provide Retail and Store leadership with weekly/monthly progress reports and trend data as needed

  • Oversee tracking and distribution of monthly store and employee incentives

  • Assist as a resource for training, messaging, store communications, etc.

  • Help flag and recommend strategies to address significant fluctuations

Help manage Special Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Work with the VP of Development to execute the fundraising and logistics related to the virtual Goodwill Honors “Gala”; the Goodwill Extended event, and The Ugly Sweater Party.

  • Develop a list of potential corporate volunteer prospects, reach out and engage them, and oversee their involvement with Goodwill

  • Work with a Board member and volunteers to grow the Board of Ambassadors

Handle Development Operations:

Monthly reconciliation and KPIs:

  • Drive monthly reconciliation process with Finance, capturing all donated revenue and tracking against quarterly goals; Use this data to develop one-page KPI tracking dashboard for senior review on a monthly basis

  • Gift processing and acknowledgement:

  • Manage gift processing in The Raiser’s Edge NXT donor database, including ongoing cleaning of donor database and mailing lists

  • Ensure a segmented process is maintained for major donor, bequest, corporate, foundation, and event sponsorship acknowledgements, and process with a quick turnaround

  • Draft new acknowledgement letter language for new appeals

Additional Operations duties:

  • Sending Mail and processing returned mail, Pulling and Entering online and Text gifts; Update Financial documents on website; Buy supplies; Process bills and expenses


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Math, English, Writing, Journalism, Communications, Media Relations, or related subject; OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Prior experience in special events, annual fund, direct mail, online giving, individual giving, and development operations.

  • Knowledge of: Microsoft Office, Microsoft 365, The Raiser’s Edge NXT (preferred) or other CRM/donor database system.

  • Excellent written, math, analytical, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Demonstrable organizational, professional, problem solving, customer service, administrative skills, and ability to work effectively on inter-agency projects.

  • Ability to achieve outcomes with minimal supervision and as part of a multi-cultural team.

  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Goodwill, and sensitivity to working with individuals of multiple abilities

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