Title: Fund Development Lead

Reports To: Advancement Director

Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000 dependent on experience, with opportunities for advancement

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to United 4 Children Executive Director Deanna Finch at finchd@united4children.org.

Position Summary

The Fund Development Lead (FDL) will provide leadership for and coordination of the annual fund efforts of United 4 Children. FDL will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) to expand and improve the department’s annual fund programs, which include the annual gala, 24-Hour matching gift campaign, grants, direct mail, newsletters, the annual report, donor acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship initiatives. The FDL will also be responsible for some major gift solicitations.


About United 4 Children 

United 4 Children (U4C) makes children a priority. By providing children with healthy meals, creating safe places to learn and play, and providing social-emotional and inclusive services for children with special needs or challenging behaviors – United 4 Children ensures every child has the foundation to thrive. U4C offers high-quality support programs serving children up to 13 so that families can feel at ease knowing their children, regardless of ability, are receiving the best care possible and have every opportunity to succeed.  

Core Function

Carries out the Mission of United 4 Children by completing the following functions:

  • Assist in the development of the annual fund plan, its calendar, and all appeal themes
  • Plan and coordinate annual gala and fundraising associated with it
  • Plan and execute 24-hour matching gift campaign
  • Collaborate with marketing personnel in writing copy and design of all direct mail and oversee production and distribution
  • Test, track, and analyze appeals and make appropriate adjustments to ensure success
  • With direction from the ED and collaboration with marketing personnel, prepare the annual report, newsletters, and other support pieces
  • Manage the administration of the fund development database
  • Maintain and increase stewardship/recognition program
  • With ED and Development Committee, project and meet budgets for the annual fund
  • Prepare or oversee preparation of all development reports regarding the annual fund to leadership
  • Create and implement retention and upgrade strategies for all donor groups
  • Assist in written and personal thanks of annual fund and other donors, either by phone or mail
  • Assist with social media
  • Manage the volunteer recruitment process
  • Act as a liaison with the Young Friends Board and the Advancement Committee
  • Assist with grant writing, and coordination of grant submissions and reporting


  • A minimum of 3 years’ proven experience in methods of annual fund development
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred, in communications, marketing, journalism, nonprofit management, or a similar field
  • Commensurate experience in fundraising, business development, sales or marketing will also be considered

Core Competencies

  • Project management skills, and the ability to handle multiple and varying tasks with associated deadlines
  • Creativity and perseverance to ensure success in an environment of measurable accountability
  • Confidence in external communications and developing supportive relationships
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading are essential
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Proficiency with database programs and ability to analyze detailed data are strongly desired
  • Knowledge of community centric fundraising
  • Successful at working within a team


  • Pass a Family Care and Safety Registry Screening
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Ability to retain a minimum of liability vehicle insurance
  • Experience and skill working with diverse populations
  • Conscientious use of justice, equity, and inclusion lens when working with self and others
  • Ability to work some weekends and nights


Perks and Benefits 

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • 401 (K) contribution 
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Hybrid work environment


United 4 Children is an equal-opportunity employer. United 4 children does not discriminate in employment with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service or any other characteristic protected by law. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all qualified persons. Those applicants requiring accommodation to complete the application and/or interview process should contact a management representative.

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