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Annual Giving Associate

Reports to:  Director of Philanthropy

The Annual Giving Associate is responsible for the successful implementation and management of individual annual giving. The Annual Giving Associate works to achieve individual fundraising goals. 

This position requires substantial experience in annual giving and volunteer management.

The work includes attending and participating in community-engagement functions that engage donors, volunteers, and additional target audiences.

Special projects as needed.

Special receptions – Works with Director of Philanthropy to coordinate hosts, testimonial speakers and participate in organizing private tours.

The Annual Giving Associate will work closely with the all members of the Development Team.

Deliverables: Helps ensure current annual support levels by broadening donor retention and increases in renewable and sustainable annual giving through annual fund.

Primary responsibilities:

Individual Giving

Alongside with Director of Philanthropy, plan and implement prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship program for annual giving.

Maintain strong communication ties with all individual donors and prospects.

In coordination with the Director of Philanthropy, raise awareness among donors, volunteers, and additional target throughout Southern Maine about the Center for Grieving Children.

Assist with creative direction for the execution of donor appeal campaigns.

Create donor list for fall and spring appeals and manage data points of the annual donor report.

Reporting and monitor the success of these strategies and revise as necessary to meet goals.

Supervise the development of additional fundraising collateral materials to support the organization’s ability to raise unrestricted annual funds and conduct successful special campaigns.

Strong knowledge of donor database as well as the ability to interpret data to influence movement.

Supervise (in conjunction with Director) development interns/volunteers as needed.


Active team player during the Center’s signature events – such as the LOVE Gala, Swing Fore the Center, MidSummer Night’s Soiree and receptions as directed by Director of Philanthropy. 


  • 4-year college degree
  • 3-5 years’ experience managing donor special events, preferably for a non-profit organization.
  • Computer literate with experience in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel)
  • Knowledge of Abilia  or CRM database
  • Detail-oriented and ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Exceptional strategy development, project management, and communication skills, combined with ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects with tight deadlines. Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively in a team environment with staff, volunteers and donors.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing and motivating volunteers.
  • Strong public speaker; ability to lead tours effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain productive and cordial working relationships with diverse groups of people.
  • Well-organized and dependable.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Commitment to the goals and values of The Center for Grieving Children.

To Apply:

Email Cover Letter and Resume to Lisa Morin, Director of Philanthropy, by 7/5/19.



Our Work

The Center for Grieving Children is an oasis of loving support for children and families confronting loss, change, and grief when someone close to them dies or is seriously ill. Based in Portland, with an additional service site in Sanford, the Center's peer-support programs and community outreach touch the lives of more than 4,000 people annually. Trained volunteers and the generous support of the local community keep our services free for families. We depend on funding from individuals, businesses, foundations, and United Way.

Our Workplace

The Center has a community-oriented work place staffed by 10-12 full- and part-time staff members, and assisted by multiple volunteers and interns in different capacities. It is governed by a 25-member board of directors. To be successful, staff needs to be flexible under pressure, and respond creatively and professionally to changing priorities in a frequently fast-paced environment that depends on the leadership, service, and support of a wide variety of people.

The Center for Grieving Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants for employment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and medical conditions which result from pregnancy, physical or mental disability, religion, age, citizenship, ancestry or national origin, military membership, or any other characteristic protected under local, state, federal law.