Conservation Legacy seeks a results-oriented Director of Foundation and Corporate Partnerships to lead a comprehensive fundraising program from our central office in Durango, CO. The Director of Foundation and Corporate Support identifies potential funders, determines engagement strategies, develops funder relationships and submits funding requests with a major focus on private, corporate, and family foundations. The Director works closely with program leads to create, refine, and submit letters of intent, proposals, and reports. This is a new position for Conservation Legacy and an excellent opportunity for a person who has an entrepreneurial spirit and track record of growing a development program. This position reports to the Chief External Affairs Officer.
This position is based in Durango, CO. Durango is proud of its diverse culture with a broad spectrum of lifestyle and offers a mixture of frontier spirit, natural beauty and friendly folks. The area boasts some of the most beautiful land in the nation and has significant resources including strong schools, recreation facilities, a vibrant downtown and an engaging community.
Specific responsibilities include:
Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan, including opportunities that benefit both the central office and programs in different regions
Lead the conducting of proactive research to identify potential grant funding sources form private, corporate, and family
Work in partnership with the Chief External Affairs Officer, CEO, Directors and members of the Board for identification, cultivation and solicitation of support from foundations and corporations.
With the Chief External Affairs Officer, create and manage a portfolio of current and potential foundation and corporate donors, steward current relationships, and identify and approach new and lapsed prospects for cultivation and
Collaborate with program and finance staff to obtain, coordinate, and verify the accuracy of information needed for written fundraising
Understand the elements of Conservation Legacy programs and ensure fund development opportunities align with current strategic and program goals and needs
Develop and lead funding correspondence both independently and in collaboration with program, finance, and the development
Attend and present at various meetings with Board of Directors, current and potential funders, staff, and others as
Develop, edit, and proofread projects in order to ensure that grant proposals and reports are compelling, timely, and effective in securing new commitments and
Work with executive and program staff to establish priorities, assist in evaluating program effectiveness, and track projects and deadlines that depend on the participation of multiple stakeholders.
Willing to locate and work from Durango,
At least 8 years fundraising experience and a proven track record, with a focus on corporate donor cultivation and
Interest in building an organization with a critical mission and a genuine desire to empower organizations engaging individuals to complete important conservation projects throughout the nation by providing structured, safe and challenging work and educational opportunities.
Bachelor’s degree is required.
Fundraising Skills and Accomplishments
Track record of successfully building a foundation and corporate donor pipeline and fostering
Experience developing strategies to diversify a donor base and increase annual
Proven ability to fundraise for programmatic work, with a record of receiving foundations and corporate
Ability to creatively identify shared interests and shape partnerships in a way that benefit both the interests of the corporate investor and the non-profit
Strong oral and written communication skills, with a proven ability to excite and inspire potential partners for a cause; proposal writing skills are
Demonstrated ability to identify, initiate and strengthen revenue-generating relationships with foundation and corporate partners with conservation and/or youth educations and empowerment.
Experience with Microsoft products and mainstream fundraising software
Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications.
Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history background check requirements and maintain a valid divers
Comfort with ambiguity, ability to work autonomously, and willingness to take a creative approach to solving
Drive to achieve (and exceed) financial goals and objectives and look ahead to strategies to achieve long-term
Comfort working in a fast-paced, goal-oriented and entrepreneurial
Respect for community-based models of change and commitment to empowering community
Ability and willingness to travel for meetings and events (anticipated travel is 15%-25% of the time).
About Conservation Legacy
Conservation Legacy is a national organization dedicated to supporting locally based conservation service programs. We operate and support programs that provide service and work opportunities for a diverse group of individuals to complete important conservation and community projects for the public benefit.
Conservation Legacy is a purposeful and strategic organization that operates a national cadre of corps and service programs that:
Engage Young Americans in Service. Conservation Legacy provides service, training,education and employment opportunities for community members, including low income and disadvantaged youth and veterans. Each of its programs targets a diversity of participants, reflective of their community, to engage as participants.
Conserve, protect, & promote each community’s greatest gifts. Conservation Legacy maintains, restores and enhances public and tribal lands and waters as well as natural, cultural, and historical resources and treasures that meet locally identified needs.
Build America’s future. Conservation Legacy helps develop a generation of skilled workers, educated and active citizens, future leaders, and stewards of natural and cultural resources and communities.