10 days ago
Los Angeles, CA
Director of Fund Development – Los Angeles
Award winning organization at the forefront of housing and supportive services for people with special needs.
A Community of Friends’ mission is to end homelessness through the provision of quality permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness.
A Community of Friends (ACOF) has exclusively retained Sterling Search, Inc. to find its Director of Fund Development.
ACOF was one of the first organizations of its kind providing permanent supportive housing and wrap around services for people with mental illness and their families. ACOF is committed to managing its buildings and supporting its tenants from the moment a project is conceived until it is fully occupied, providing permanent affordable housing with onsite supportive services to help their tenants remain stably housed. An innovative leader with property acquisition, management, development, and supportive services, ACOF boasts a 30+ year legacy resulting in a portfolio of 41 properties in Los Angeles and Orange County. With a long-tenured and visionary CEO and a strong board guided by the core values of Dignity, Excellence, and Community, the organization is highly decorated and recognized for its award-winning properties and success in ending homelessness for people with disabilities.
With homelessness on the rise in Southern California, ACOF completed a strategic planning process in 2018 that identified areas of focus including acceleration of housing production activities, deepening services for tenants, advancing fundraising activities, and elevating visibility and influence. Now on its continued trajectory of success, ACOF is proud of their expansion into Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties while continuing to aggressively pursue new avenues to provide services.
ACOF has attained 15% fundraising growth for the last two years and the Director of Fund Development is an integral role for ACOF especially as they continue to deepen their services for tenants. They have a wide range ofon-site support services including individual case management, referral services, life skills classes, substance abuse recovery assistance, family support and programming, health and wellness programs, childcare assistance, transportation assistance, and employment services. In 2019, the Family and Children Services Program was created to expand the range of services to include student-centered after-school activities aimed at nurturing children’s academic potential and artistic potential while challenging them to live beyond perceived and/or self-imposed obstacles. The program uses best practices related to trauma-informed care to ensure that new partnerships and programming advance the educational and social well-being of children living in ACOF’s buildings to break the cycle of homelessness.
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The Director of Fund Development together with the CEO will be charged with the strategic direction and leadership of the vision, mission and strategy for the development and communications function. He/she will be responsible for building upon the momentum of success, increasing ACOF’s fundraising capacity through a strengthened culture of philanthropy. The new Director of Fund Development will be both a visionary leader for the fund development program as well as a “boots on the ground” professional conducting the day to day of donor cultivation, communication, solicitation, and stewardship.
In the last couple of years ACOF’sfocused 3-year development strategy has paid off with attaining approximately $1.26M in 2018/19, $1.45M in 2019/20 and are targeted with a goal of $1.67M for 2020/21. About $900K comes from foundations, with another $350k from the annual gala and the remainder from individuals and corporations. ACOF’s dedicated CEO and 15-member Board of Directors are passionate about raising funds and, with an active Resources Development Committee, the combined give-get from the Board of Directors is over $100k a year with between $47k to $59k personally given in the last few years.
Working in partnership with the senior management team, the Director of Fund Development will build upon, execute, and manage ACOF’s fundraising, as well as its internal and external communications, to support its services program and its operating needs. The Director will serve as a resource to all departments and as an advocate for the organization. This position reports to the CEO and will work closely with the Board of Directors to create and implement an annual fund development strategic plan that includes specific campaigns for securing and expanding revenue from individuals, corporations, and foundations. A key focus will be to grow existing donors and to build a major gifts program with a special focus on individual giving.
Two employees report to the Director of Fund Development - a Grants Manager and a Development and Marketing Associate. This department of three is responsible for maintaining ACOF’s donor database, developing and maintaining relationships with donors, increasing the organization’s visibility, organizing the annual fundraising gala, and ultimately achieving the goal of raising $1.67M annually from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
This is a phenomenal opportunity for an accomplished fund development professional who is a strategic visionary leader with a “boots on the ground” approach, to build their own program. The organization’s CEO and Board of Directors view fund development as a key pillar of its investment, especially at a time where social justice is such a local and national topic of concern.
Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications below:
The successful candidate will have the following personal characteristics:
For a full position description and/or to send a resume or have a confidential conversation. Please contact:
Nicole Seipel at
Nicole@sterlingsearchinc.comor call/text (310) 948-2535
or apply directly at https://www.sterlingsearchinc.com/acof
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